OBITUARY

Bernard Thomas HARRIS

November 18, 1939November 19, 2021

Bernard "Bernie" Harris was 82 years and one day old when he was promoted by the Commander and Chief on Friday, November 19, 2021, after suffering a stroke in late September. He now lives in glory!

Bernie was born November 18, 1939 in Norfolk, Virginia to James B. Harris and Tessie V. Ward. He was a United States Navy Veteran who served as a Radarman Class A in the late 50s.

He went to work mainly in sales, working for others and eventually for himself. He was quick to tell anyone about his business failures, but always gave God the honor for any of his successes.

Bernie is survived by his wife and best friend of 40 years, Mavis Bennett; his daughter Jennifer Hornak (John); his son Shaun Harris (Lisa); his step-sons Philip Pastis (Kami) and Adam Pastis (Kara); sister Judy Edwards (Val); brothers Ronnie Harris and Billy Harris (Sue); four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Participating in the service is Pastor Keith Merriman of the Grace Brethren Chapel, in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Bernie regarded Pastor Keith as one of his closest friends.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com for the Harris family.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Memories

Bernard Thomas HARRIS

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Bob and Diane Fudjinski

November 26, 2021

Bobby said that you, by far, were his best neighbor ever. We enjoyed and will miss the many memories we shared almost daily in the front yard. We promise to support your lovely wife whenever she needs us.
Love and many prayers Bernie. Rest in peace in all your glory❤

Jessica Bridges

November 25, 2021

My Dearest Grandad,

Over the past month I got to spend time with you that I will cherish forever. I know that you lived a good life and you were a faithful follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. One of my favorite memories is when we would come over during the summer and go swimming and then you would take us out for a boat ride afterwards. You are going to be missed so much. Thank you for all that you did for me and my children. I promise we will take good care of Momma, Uncle Shaun, & Grandma Mavis. I know we will see each other again someday. Give Quincie a hug and a kiss from us! I love you!

Love,
Your granddaughter Jessi

John and Stefanie Robinson

November 25, 2021

What a wonderful spirit Bernie had , the Lord’s light was apparent in his life .
Prayers of comfort to all .
John snd Stefanie

Janet OGrady

November 25, 2021

Jennifer,
I remember going to church with you and your family. We had LOTS of fun playing outside of the church after spiritual classes, as well as your Dad having Bible Study each Wed. evening at your house. Thank you for including me!
Love Janet

Teresa Harris

November 24, 2021

I'm speaking for dad ronnie that talked to his brother often he misses him and loved him !

John Hornak

November 23, 2021

Bernie and I used to talk about fishing a lot he shared about the flounder he would catch and I shared about the redfish I caught and by the end of how big the fish were he asked if I had any redfish fillets, I said yes and gave the frozen fish to Jennifer to bring to him so Bernie and Mavis would have a great fish dinner.

Judy Willard

November 23, 2021

Bernie was an astute businessman and could sell an Eskimo snow!
He was a big outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, and scuba diving.
He loved to cook and he loved to eat!
He was a man of God and encouraged everyone to give their heart to the Lord.
May God be with his family and give them Peace in the days ahead!

BETTYE WARREN

November 23, 2021

IN MY 56 YEARS OF MEMORIES OF "BERNIE" I CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE WITH HIS FAMILY AND ALL WHOSE LIFE HE TOUCHED. GOD AND FAMILY WERE HIS FOCUS, THIS FOCUS NEVER VARIED. A WISE, KIND, GENEROUS AND COMPASSIONATE FRIEND , ONE YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON TO OFFER ADVICE OR HELP. A WITTY, HANDSOME AND CHARMING MAN WHO TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN HIS FAMILY AND HIS BUSINESS. A PHONE CALL REQUESTING PRAYER WAS A CALL HE ALWAYS MADE TIME FOR. TO PASS INTO GOD'S HANDS KNOWING THAT YOUR LIFE TOUCHED MANY, AND INFLUENCED OTHERS BY YOUR EXAMPLE IS TRULY A BLESSING. Rest In Peace, FRIEND. NONE OF US WILL EVER HEAR "CAROLINA BEACH MUSIC" AND NOT THINK OF YOU AND SMILE.

Wendy Lieb Miller

November 23, 2021

Wishing everyone peace and healing. Uncle Bernard was always a very soft spoken and kind hearted man. He inspired me with his entrepreneurial skills and honesty. I know he had a huge welcoming party at heaven's gates. Rest In Peace and pain free Uncle Bernard.

Mallory Berry

November 23, 2021

Dear Grandaddy,

I am so sad that you're gone, but I take some peace in knowing that you're no longer in pain. You taught us to be strong, have faith in the Lord, and you were always the smartest man I knew. I know you're in heaven now with Quincie watching over us & protecting us. I wish we would've had more time with you, but God needed you more. I know you no longer have pain or worries. I love you and I am still striving everyday to make you proud of me.

Love Always,
Your Grandaughter Mallory

FROM THE FAMILY