Sunday, February 14, 2010


Otha Easter Harris

1923 - 2010

Mr. Otha Easter Harris, 86, of Chumuckla, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010.
Mr. Harris was born in Chumuckla and was a lifelong resident of the Santa Rosa County area.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and he was the last surviving member of the 1941 State Basketball Championship Team from Chumuckla. He was a lifelong member of the Chumuckla Methodist Church.
Mr. Harris is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Bennie Evelyn Strickland Harris; a son, Michael Harris; and his parents, Ernest Phil Harris and Vernie Ard Harris.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Harris; his son, Phil (Marba) Harris; his daughter, Janis (Bobby) Simmons; his grandchildren, Stephen Simmons, Dale (Marissa) Simmons, Nikki (Jared) Palmer, Lisa (Brock) Stewart; four great-grandchildren, Lela, Justin, Makenna and Brayden Simmons; a step-son, Lamar (Gail) Harris; his sisters, Letha Myers, Lavenia Nelson; his brother, Hoover (Lillian) Harris, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Pace, with Rev. Clive Knights and Rev. Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel directing.
The family will receive friends from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Pace.
Active Pallbearers will be Harry Harris, Keith Harris, Clark Harris, Doug Horton, James Campbell, and Brian Bartkiewicz
Honorary Pallbearers will be Copeland Griswold, Alvin Enfinger, Rufus Campbell, Don Salter, Donnie Sowell, John Atkins, Mike Donahoe, and Dan Mullins.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Covenant Hospice.
Friends may send condolences and share fond memories with the family at

Published in Pensacola News Journal on February 14, 2010

1 comment:

Vic Campbell said...

I am glad I got to visit Easter one last time near Christmas. I talked to him of his great part in the 1941 basketball team that won the state championshiop (CCC Class). There was a basketball in his room. He was the last of the team to go. John Barnes died last year. That was at tough year to come out of High School. Easter was in the Okinawa invasion and John Barnes was at Normandy. Such a generation. We were blessed to know them.