James Edward "Jim" Harris, 80, of Melrose, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones following a brief illness. He was born in Salem, OH to Franklin and Mary Harris, the second of three children. He moved to Florida when he served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a mechanic most of his life and worked as a truck driver in his later years. He was a member of Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith.
Jim enjoyed water skiing, boating, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. He considered his biggest accomplishments being a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He taught them that they could do anything they set their minds to.
His favorite past time was making people laugh and smile, brightening their day. During his hospitalization at UF Cardio & Vascular Hospital, he flirted and joked with anyone he interacted with, making friends with all.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Lou Whitman.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Anne Harris; children: Steven Harris (Zoe), Dawna Toledo, and Patricia Harris; grandchildren: Kendra Harris, Shawn Senveli (Sukru), Kyle Harris (Ivy), AJ Toledo, Taylor McCann (Nicole), Matthew Harris (Tiffany), and Julia Lopez; great-grandchildren: Brealynn and Sophia Harris; his brother, Charles Harris (JoAnn), and his beloved dog, Max.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Jim’s memory by donating to UF Health Shands Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). Gifts may be made online via the UF Health website (https://donate.giving.ufhealth.org/give/244726/#!/donation/checkout) or mailed to UF Health Office of Development, P.O. Box 100386, Gainesville, FL 32610. Please indicate on your gift that it is in James E. Harris’s memory and should be directed to UF Health Shands Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU).
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at James’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Interlachen.