Charles Harris

Charles Thomas Harris

Monday, January 15th, 1923 - Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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Charles T. Harris, 96, passed away on Dec. 12, 2019, at the Lakewood Care Center.

Charles was born on January 15, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Charles Harris and Adeline Truman Harris. He graduated from James Madison High School and earned his associate’s degree from Graceland College. He proudly served in the Army Air Corps during WWII with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. During his time in the service, he married Lois M. Hampton, and to this union four children were born. Upon honorable discharge in 1945, he spent his career as a bricklayer. He worked for Western Waterproofing for 15 years and retired in 1985 after 38 years as a bricklayer. He was a member of the Bricklayers Local 15 and a longtime member of the Gudgell Park Community of Christ.

Charles loved all sports – he held 14 national handball titles, played volleyball on a traveling team for 15 years, and never missed a chance to play a round of golf. He was inducted into the Missouri Handball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Lois Harris; children, Charles Harris (Shannon), Bonnie Hudson (Jim), and Donald Harris (Jenny); 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Roberts.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 10, at 6pm, at Gudgell Park Community of Christ, 500 E Gudgell Ave, Independence, MO 64055. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice in his memory.

Online condolences may be expressed at (Arr: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600).
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    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 6:00pm
    Gudgell Park Community of Christ
    500 E Gudgell Ave
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Donations are being accepted for: Crossroads Hospice of Kansas City.

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Private Condolence

Brian Kent Sherman

Posted at 06:37pm
Dear Don, Condolences from Bangkok on your dads passing. I have three very vivid and lifelong memories (more like impressions...the physical kind!) your dad left with me during our youthful times in Missouri! First, his handshake! I'm sure every boy growing up was told and taught at a young age the importance of a strong firm handshake. Your dads was the only strong firm handshake I remember and still feel to this day! Those powerfully built hands! Which leads to my second impression, his handball skills. On several occasions your dad took us to play handball where I was in awe at his skill to make that little rubber ball bounce off walls and floors in directions that defied natural science! I ended up with bruises on my rear end from tripping over my own feet trying to anticipate where he was going! Never forgot those lessons and in fact during my college days enjoyed playing handball and racquetball where I would talk about this national champion handball guy that taught me how to put 'english' on the ball! My final lasting impression was his accent.....especially when he would speak about putting 'english on the ball'...... Brooklyn never left him! Rest in Peace Mr. Harris and all the best to you Don and Jenny!
Brian and Kelly Sherman

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