Obituaries: Thomas Anderson "T.A." Harris

Obituaries: Thomas Anderson "T.A." Harris

Thomas Anderson "T.A." Harris died June 26, 2007, in Prairie City. He was 85.

Graveside services were held Monday, July 2, 2007, at Prairie City Cemetery, with Pastor Darrell Johnson officiating.

Mr. Harris was born May 5, 1922 in Battiest, Okla. to Thomas Anderson and Bess (Blackwell) Harris. He married Marguerite Bowen in 1941. They raised their four children in Prairie City.

He started his work life as a postmaster in his hometown of Battiest, Okla., worked in a defense plant during World War II and then entered the logging industry. He logged in Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon, where he retired in Prairie City. He was a lifelong cowboy, bulldogging in his younger days and team roping and calf roping.

He enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and his many friends. He was proud to be a Mason with a 50-year pin.

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite; sons, Richard; Bill, and wife, Jennifer; Jack and his wife, Cynthia, all of Prairie City; daughter, Virginia, and her husband, Gene Winnett, of John Day; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 South Canyon Blvd.; John Day, OR 97845.

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