John W. Harris

April 4, 1945January 16, 2013
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John Harris took his last breath on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. John was born on April 4, 1945, to Leon and Argie Harris in Dallas, Texas. He enlisted in the Navy in 1962. He was stationed in Long Beach, Calif., on the USS Bayfield and served two tours in the Vietnam War. While on leave, he met the love of his life, Joyce Rezzlle. They married May 23, 1964. He will be remembered most by his expertise in diesel mechanics. He worked for several tractor dealerships, the one he enjoyed the most was Porter Henderson Implement Company. He met many of his closest friends while working there. His dream was to own his own company. That dream came true when he opened San Angelo Diesel Injection Services Inc., which he owned and operated for 30 years. Upon selling his company he enjoyed selling ranch real estate for Dierschke and Dierschke. He was forced to retire after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. For the last 2-1/2 years you could find him sitting out in his barn, reading his books with his most loyal friend, Tip, and visiting with neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Argie Harris; and son Chet Dee Harris. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Marie Harris of Paint Rock; daughter Tammie Hohensee and husband Mike of Miles; Charles Harris and wife Yvonne of San Angelo; his pride and joys, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Brandon Hohensee and wife Melissa, their children, Carter and Hadley, Laryn Gibson and husband Robert Paul, their children, Taylor and Taytum, Travis Hohensee; brothers Jearl Harris, Jerry and Kay Harris, Joe and Geneva Harris; sisters Oleta and Ernest Harrel, Joyce Fay Waskom; and many nieces and nephews and friends.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2013

John W. Harris

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Brandon Fava

February 14, 2013

Mrs. Harris, this is Brandon Fava (Jerry's grandson). I just wanted you to know that not only me, but my entire family are going to miss him. He was always so nice to me and joked with me. He was kind of like an extra grandpa. Thank you for sharing him with me. I will always have a special place in my heart for him. I will never forgot him. We had an inside joke about me target practicing on his cats. He made me smile.
Love, Brandon Fava

Karen Fava

February 14, 2013

Dear Joyce, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. My son Brandon thought the world of John. Brandon will always hold a special place in his heart for him. He very much looked forward to his time at the ranch and visits with John. John was such a kind Christian man. I know that my dad and Brandon truly looked up to him. Thank you for sharing him with the Brunson family. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. I pray you find peace during this time. Sincerely, Karen (Brunson) Fava

Diane Brunson

February 11, 2013

Dear Joyce,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John will be missed by so many, including the Brunson family. He was a very special person.
Sincerely, Diane Brunson

Margo Reeder

February 2, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family. What an inspiration John Harris is to all who knew him. I feel blessed to have known him. God bless each of you. May the love and joy the family has shared comfort you just as knowing John Harris enriches and inspires the lives of others.

Jerry Brunson

February 2, 2013

My life was enriched daily because I could call John Harris my friend. To know John was to love him, but even beyond love and friendship, he was a Christian man of wisdom, kindness, and character, for he was no mere man, he was a giant filled with goodness and humility. Rest in peace,John Harris, for you will always be part of who we became because we knew and loved you.

NormaJean Hook

January 28, 2013

'John & Joyce....our very dear' friends....Joyce & Family, my heart goes out to you! May you find comfort with the many loving memories you will each carry in your hearts. God Bless you all, I pray for your strength. In love & friendship.....normajean

Todd Johnston

January 26, 2013

John was one of my 1st customers in the truck parts business, I sold my 1st complete DT 466 to him, I delivered it to him in 1/2 ton Chevy, he helped me fix the shocks at his shop, just one example of his kindness. Great man of integrity I will miss him dearly. Todd Johnston Corley Freightliner.

January 25, 2013

So sorry to hear about Johnny. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love...Dalrae (Roy and Edna Martin's daughter)

January 23, 2013

Dear Joyce,
I am so sorry about John he will be missed he was a very special friend.As always I will Pray for you.
Betty Nelson

January 23, 2013

Joyce, you and your family are in my prayers. Joann Brunson (Ballinger, Tx)