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Charles Roy Harris, Jr.

March 28, 1944 ~ April 27, 2021 (age 77)

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Charles Roy Harris, Jr. was born in Austin, Texas on March 28,1944 to Charles Roy Sr. and Gwendolyn Harris. As an only child, he attended LL. Campbell Elementary and Kealing Jr. High. He attended old Anderson High School, was a member of the basketball team and graduated in 1962. He was also a member of Jack and Jill, Inc.

After graduation, he went to Prairie View A&M. After the death of his father in October 1962, he returned to Austin to attend Huston-Tillotson College where he met the love of his life, Johnnie Webster. They married in 1966 and shortly after he was drafted to the US Army and served in the Vietnam War.

Upon his return in from the war in 1968, they settled in Austin, started a family and he completed his education with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from HTC and Master’s degree in Education from Prairie View A&M.
Roy had several careers, including working at Region XIII, owner of The Red Steer BBQ, real estate agent/broker and educator with Austin Independent School District.

He was a beloved, active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, singing in the choir, former Superintendent of Sunday school and serving on many other organizations in the church.

He retired in 2008, and continued to enjoy his life with family, friends, travel and multiple hobbies such as playing the guitar and was an avid collector of gems, minerals, coins and antiques.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Roy Sr. and Gwendolyn Harris.  He leaves to cherish his memory: lovely wife, Johnnie; three children: son, Charles Harris III & partner, Samantha Davis; Rhondolyn Williams and son-in-law, Michael Williams and Shayla Harris and partner William Harvey; ten grandchildren, Chelsea Gannon, John W. Smith II, Jordan Smith, Malcolm Burditt Jr., Serena Smith, Stephon Smith, Charles Harris IV, Christian Harris, Mia Harris and Sarai Harris; as well as three great-grandchildren, Malcolm Burditt III, Brooklyn and Memphis Ferro. He also leaves a host of cousins and very close friends.

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 Service Program


May 5, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Celebration of Life
May 6, 2021

11:00 AM
Wesley United Methodist Church
1164 San Bernard
Austin, TX 78702

Video is available for this event

May 6, 2021

2:00 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
3304 E 12th Street
Austin, TX 78721

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