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East Funeral Home

602 Olive Street, Texarkana, TX

OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Harris .

January 8, 1947November 20, 2019

Robert (Bob) Harris, age 72 of Nacogdoches, TX, was born on January 8, 1947, and passed away on November 20, 2019. Bob grew up in Texarkana, AR where he attended Texarkana High School and was president of the student body. Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he spent many hours meeting with his Boy Scout troop.

Bob loved scouting and earned the following awards: Eagle Scout, God and Country, and Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he volunteered his time to leading scout troops and serving at the Boy Scout camp he loved, Camp Pioneer, in Hatfield, AR. Bob and his Father worked within the Old Timers Scouting Association as he grew older. Bob’s son, Robert, followed as a third-generation scout to help build the outdoor chapel that stands at Camp Pioneer today. They hand-scrapped each log with dedication and determination. They were also instrumental in supplying articles for the Camp Pioneer Historical Building. Anyone who knew Bob knew he was a Boy Scout forever.

While attending Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR, Bob served on the student council, and lettered while on the swim team. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration. The majority of Bob’s career was spent in business administration for junior colleges or manufacturing in Texas. He was also a member of the Lions Club and involved with various community services. Bob volunteered at his church wherever he lived. He was recognized by Outstanding Young Men of America for his participation in civic and community work.

Beyond scouting, civic organizations, church and work, he loved his children and spent many, many hours coaching them and playing sports with them. Both children became very athletic. Leslie played college volleyball while Robert made his mark in basketball and finance. Bob was very proud of his children and who they had become.

Bob is survived by his children: Leslie Slovak of Dallas, TX. and her husband Dr. John Paul Slovak, and their children, Annika and Cade; Robert E. Harris, Jr. of Houston, TX, his wife Ronna and their sons, Luke and Logan. Bob loved his children and grandchildren and spending time with his family; Sister, Gene, husband Bill Pierce of Garrison TX, and nephew, Shane Pierce and wife Lisa Mae of Temple, TX; Aunt Kathryne Crews; cousins: Jeff Crews and wife Gail from Garrison, TX., Jack Crews of New Braunfels, TX. and wife Claudia; Also, Elizabeth and her husband Dr. Richard Livingston of Little Rock, AR; Bill Grimes and wife, Diane, from Garland, TX. Bob was preceded in death by his cousin Jim, Jr. Crews and Bob’s parents, Mr. Eugene and Madeline Harris of Texarkana, AR.

Visitation with the family will be at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at East Funeral Home, 602 Olive Street, Texarkana, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm at The Memorial Gardens, 5200 Broad St. Texarkana, AR following visitation.

Online tributes may be sent to www.eastfuneralhomes.com

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to: Camp Pioneer / for Bob Harris Camp Scholarships Caddo Area Council 24 Lynnwood Dr., Texarkana, TX 75503 (903) 793-2179

Services

  • Family to receive friends Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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De Shaffer

November 23, 2019

Gene Bill Leslie & Bobby
So sorry about your brother & dad. Please know my thoughts are with you . De Shaffer

Sandra Albright

November 23, 2019

I also attended Miss Mary’s kindergarten with Bobby. We all went in different directions for elementary school, but became classmates again in junior high. Our Class of 65 thought of Bobby as one of our leaders. His height allowed him to tower over the majority of us but he certainly did not look down on anybody. He was always sweet and kind and he liked everyone equally. And the class truly liked him. My husband Gary and I want to express our condolences to his family. Our prayers will be that his family will feel peace and comfort for the hours and days that are ahead. From Gary and Sandra Robertson Albright (both from the Arkansas high class of 1965)

Ginger Porterfield Patterson

November 23, 2019

I knew Bobby when we both attended Miss Mary's Kindergarten. I was four years old. We did not attend the same elementary, but I met him again in 9th grade at the Y-Teen dances. He had not changed a bit in looks, but he was a whole lot taller.
Bobby always had a quick beautiful smile, and was so kind and sweet. He was highly thought of by his classmates in the Class of 1965, Arkansas High School, Texarkana, AR. He was a true leader, and yes, always a good Boy Scout.
When he went to the Boy Scout Jamboree, he brought me a gift of a bow pin with a Boy Scout charm dangling from it. I loved that gift, and I still have it.
Sincere condolences to Bobby's family,
Ginger Porterfield Patterson

Pam Click

November 23, 2019

Leslie, I remember your dad as your avid supporter. I had no idea he worked with the Boy Scouts, so that’s why I ran into him at DeQueen one day because Camp Pioneer is at Mena. I am sad for your loss.

Elizabeth and Rich Livingston

November 22, 2019

We were shocked and saddened to hear, and have been fondly remembering old times with Bob and everybody.

Kevin Matter

November 22, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We always looked forward to seeing him and visiting at Church, when we lived in Nacogdoches.

Lillian Christensen

November 22, 2019

We are sorry to hear of your loss. I remember him from your wedding. Cherish your memories. May God surround you in His Peace.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY