Grason Harris, Jr.

November 30, 1916December 29, 2018
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Grason Harris, Jr., 102, passed away peacefully December 29, 2018; loving husband of the late Catherine E. Harris; beloved father of Grason, III, Richard A., Walter B. Harris, Lois A. Johnson, Harry M. Harris, Gloria O. Harris, Louise Harris, Dennis L. Harris, Mae E. Carbo, Thomas G. Harris and the late Larry L. and Donald Harris; dear brother of Eleanor Jones; cherished grandfather of 16 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; also survived by 2 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Friday January 4, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and in the Fairview AME Church, 2328 High Point Road, Forest Hill, Maryland 21050 on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with a Celebration of Grason's Life beginning at 11:00 am.

Interment the adjoining cemetery.

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  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Celebration Of Life Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Nathaniel Harris

April 3, 2019

In 2009, a team and I were elected to create a PowerPoint presentation for a workplace conference in San Antonio, Texas. My presentation was entitled Change, My Workplace Wants it to Happen, but it Hurts! After we finalized all the details of this presentation, I needed to share this with someone that would give me their honest criticism. I knew my Grandfather was the greatest person to offer this to me.
After an hour of visiting, I shared with my Grandfather the trip to San Antonio, Texas and the opportunity to present in front of people from different companies, different states and to people I did not know. When I shared that the topic was about change, he stopped me immediately and asked, “What can you tell me about change or changing anything at my age?”
After considering this task, I began to look around the living room and began to find inspiration to answer the question. I reminded Granddad that technology has changed. In his great years of living, television pictures have changed from black and white to color. I reminded him that music changed from his favorite group, The Mills Brothers, to todays hip hop and R&B artist. I mentioned how gas prices have changed from then until now. Most importantly, when history would not allow diversity in government, we were able to witness the election of the first African American president, Barack Obama. This could be considered change.
Granddad just smiled in his own way and stated that this presentation was interesting. He mentioned to me that this was truth to consider because he always needed to ask Aunt Louise or Aunt Gloria for help with the VCR/ DVD player. My granddad, Grason Harris, Jr. encouraged me to present well in San Antonio, Texas and to make these people consider change. Thank you, Granddad! R.I.P.
Presented by Nathaniel (Keith) Harris- Grandson

Melanie Long

March 22, 2019

Dear Harris Family,
Mr. Harris and I met more than 20 years ago when he agreed to speak to the Girl Scouts at St. James Academy about the history of Monkton. We met again at Stella Maris and he educated nursing students on the importance of communication with residents and connecting with their lives. Mr. Harris was always willing to have a student care for him and share his stories. He was a blessing to our community and I will miss him on our upcoming clinical experiences at Stella Maris. God Bless Your Family...
Thank you,
Melanie Morris Long, RN

Harry Harris

March 13, 2019

Thanks for helping me realize a dream at the age of 14-15 years old. You helped me buy my first new guitar. It permitted me to develop a talent and fulfill a dream. It took me around the world and across the country many times, what a ride it was!


Jessica Harris

March 13, 2019


I was so lucky to have you as my grandfather. I will miss your wisdom but most of all your smile. You always kept me laughing. You were one of very few people who shared my sick sense of humor. You never let me win a debate but that wasn't important, it was the time we shared. Thank you for being the best grandfather and great-grandfather to Jasmine.

Jessica & Jasmine

Wes Harris

March 12, 2019

Grandad, I have many fond memories of you. I will always remember biking to your house during the summers when I was off from school. You were always available to talk and happy to see us. I remember getting my license, coming up to the house to visit you with my parents car and wedging the car up on the boulders outside your house. You went down to the park rangers station by the bike trail so he could help me get the car off the rocks. I remember inviting you to church, picking you up from the house and taking you to service. Afterwards, you were always happy to have a lively discussion about religion and faith. Thanks for all the happy memories.

You will be missed by all of us.

Eleanor Jones

March 12, 2019

My brother, Grason Harris Jr. affectionately known to me as Dugger, was a warm tender-hearted person. He touched many lives with words of encouragement, extending a helping hand when needed, and greeting those persons he met with a pleasant smile. These attributes will remain forever in our hearts.

May he rest in peace and comfort in the joy of the Lord.

Until we meet again,
Eleanor Harris Jones (Babe)

Cindi Jones

March 12, 2019

Grason Harris III

March 12, 2019

Dea, My father, the man that taught me everything that I do to this day. I’ve learned more from him then I could try to remember. He will be missed. Respectfully, June

Walter Harris

March 12, 2019

My father had the wisdom of no one that I have ever know. He lead and directed me into the man that I am today. My father was always teaching even when you had no idea that he was. You never knew when that was because he never made you feel that you needed to be schooled on life. There many situations that I had gotten myself into and could see no way out but my father was always there to educate, coach you, and support you in another way of helping you to figure it out. I will miss those days. There where times when he would bail me out of a late car payment, house payment, what ever kind of situation I had gotten myself in and make it seem like that was just another day. My father was a true supporter of the family that I had created my deceased wife Barbara affectionately known as Bobbie and my daughter Robin. We loved and respected him with all our hearts.
My father has left an impression on this family that will live in his children, grand children, great grand, and great-great grandchildren.
Respectfully, Bud

Rita Harris

January 24, 2019

Dear Dea,
I would like to thank you for everything you taught me in my life span. You gave me a lot of wisdom and hope especially when it came down to my eyes. I would like to thank you period for everything. I will miss you.
Love you, Rita (your granddaughter.)



Grason Harris, Jr. , the son of the late Grason, Sr. and Estella Virginia Harris, was born November 30, 1916 on Pocock Farm in Harford County, MD. His family later moved to Baltimore County where he attended Chapman Elementary School in Phoenix, MD. As a young child, Grason loved music and taught himself to play guitar. He practiced incessantly to master this skill and later taught his children to play. He attended and joined Fairview AME Church. Often he would fondly reminisce about he and his brother Thomas being the gate keepers at the old camp meetings and the crowds that would attend.

On December 7, 1938 he married Catherine Jackson of White Hall Maryland. From that union, eleven children were born. Grason loved to listen to a popular group of the late 20’s. This group was known as the Mills Brothers. He loved this group so much that he not only named two of his sons after two of the group members, but it was his earnest desire that his sons form a group and sing like the Mills Brothers. He was a member of a family quartet in which he was the lead singer joined by his brother, sister and brother-in-law. He also joined a quartet, known at that time as the Maryland Harmoneers which is now known as the Bethlehem Travelers. While he and Catherine worked diligently to raise their children, Grason served as the recording secretary for the PTA and was a Sunday School teacher at Mt. Joy AME Church.

Life for Grason and Catherine was not always easy. Grason worked from sunrise to sunset to support his family as a laborer at a new home development in Sunnybrook, Maryland. Unfortunately in 1957 a house fire occurred in which Grason heroically saved his wife and children. God’s favor abided with Grason. The construction boss and his wife provided the materials necessary for he and his three oldest sons to build a new home. They worked tirelessly after each work day until the family was able to move into the home.

During the years that Grason was self-employed in home improvement, he would work throughout central Maryland. He always maintained a diverse workforce of different backgrounds and beliefs. In the 1980’s a satisfied customer who was pleased with his work labeled him a guru. He was later to be recognized as the Guru of Monkton.

In 1988, after 49.5 years of marriage Catherine took flight to her heavenly home, leaving Grason to continue the work that they had started in raising the family. In 1992 Grason was forced into early retirement due to complications of glaucoma, however he remained available to consult on any home improvement projects.

Grason will be sorely missed but his legacy will continue by his children Grason III, Richard (Jacqueline), Walter, Lois (Bernard Johnson), Harry (Judy), Gloria, Louise, Dennis, Mae (Steve Carbo) and Thomas Harris and his wife Gloria. Grason is the dear brother of Eleanor Jones. The much loved brother-in-law to Mary Harman (Rudolph), Ruth Whye and Bertha Jackson. Cherished grandfather of sixteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grand children and five great great grandchildren. He was also loved by Lula Scott, Diana Peterson and Vernell Spears. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine and two sons Larry and Donald Harris.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Friday January 4, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and in the Fairview AME Church, 2328 High Point Road, Forest Hill, Maryland 21050 on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with a Celebration of Grason's Life beginning at 11:00 am.

Interment the adjoining cemetery.