Jack Shelton Harris

August 7, 1922July 24, 2014

HARRIS, Jack Shelton passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014 joining his beloved wife of 67 years, Shirley, who died in June.

Mr. Harris was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, where he served with distinction earning numerous medals, including 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Silver Stars, 1 Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre. Jack attended John Marshall High School and Virginia Tech University. While at Tech, he excelled at ROTC and, as a Private, was awarded the title, Best Drilled Cadet. He continued to be a loyal and giving Hokie after college, and in 2006, was inducted into the Richmond Hokie Club Hall of Fame.

Jack was an executive at Virginia Tractor and retired to pursue his love for the games of tennis, cribbage, and gin. He also enjoyed sailing, spending time with friends and family, watching football games, and a fine meal followed by a good cigar and a glass of Famous Grouse. He was a member of Hermitage Country Club and enjoyed many pleasant days in the taproom playing cards and sharing jokes with friends. In addition to his wife, Shirley Schumann Harris, his parents Isabell Atkinson Tyree and James Leigh Tyree predecease Mr. Harris. He was an only child and is survived by his four sons; Craig & wife Tricia of Alpharetta, GA, Paul of Durham, NC, Mark & wife Roslyn of Manakin Sabot, VA and Cabell & wife Patti of Richmond, VA. In addition, eight grandchildren survive him; Aaron Harris, Letitia Amey, Brian Harris, Cameron Congleton, Zachary Harris, Christopher Harris, Grayson Harris and Chandler Harris. He also has nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Harris was a gentleman, a leader, a humorist, and a gifted storyteller. He was a true example of the greatest generation.

The viewing will be held Thursday night July 31, 2014 at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home 1771 N Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23229 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. He was a dedicated member and supporter of First English Lutheran Church where the funeral service will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow afterwards at Westhampton Memorial Park 10000 Patterson Ave. Richmond,VA 23238. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to in memory of Jack S. Harris. Condolences may be offered at



  • Visitation Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 1, 2014


  • Interment

Jack Shelton Harris

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August 5, 2014

to Jack's family....I am grateful for the joy he brought my father, Moon, as a lifelong friend. I enjoyed sailing with Shirley and Jack, and their visit to St Remy with my parents in the 90's. Thinking of you all, best, Dickie McM

August 1, 2014

Harris family, when we move into Auburn Chase 21 years ago Jack and Shirley called us their "children" and included us in many of their activities. Many fond memories from The Goochland Literary and Inside Straight Society, neighborhood socials, going to VT Football and Basketball games and more. What a great story teller and even a better person. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with all the family.

Bill and Mary K. Stafford

Preston Smith

July 30, 2014

Preston and Dana Smith,
Mr. Harris always seemed like a Father to me growing up. So sorry for the loss but I know he is with Mrs. Harris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your familes.

Lindsey Strickland

July 28, 2014

Cameron & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like an amazing person. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Frank Overbey

July 28, 2014

Jack, I will miss our Hokie talks, jokes and dinners. I know you and Shirley are together and happy again. Craig, Paul, Mark and Cabell - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your familes.

Frank Overbey (aka Francis to Jack)

Bud Hazelgrove, GM

July 26, 2014

Please accept Woody staff condolences for your loss. You can depend on us to assist you on this journey and we will strive for your complete satisfaction while your loved one is in our care. We believe you deserve nothing less. For these difficult days, we will be honored to have you consider our home and family a part of yours.