Bill Arthur Harris, 72, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at 6:40 a.m. at his residence in Brazil.
He was born on May 4, 1931, in Vigo County, the son of the late Elmer and Goldie Crapo Harris. He grew up near Hymera.
He entered into the U.S. Army on June 19, 1951, and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve May 31, 1953, where he served as a Sgt. E-5 until June 18, 1959.
He first worked as a mechanic, then for Columbia Records in the pressroom. For over 20 years, until he retired, he was employed as a carpenter, doing commercial construction for his friend, Jim Vest of General Interiors. He was a member of Carpenters Local 60.
He married Ludema Rose Gard on Nov. 3, 1967, in Brazil. They were married for 35 years. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, boating and camping.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett and Carvin Harris, and three sisters, Aliene Highshoe, Francis Jessie and Anna Lee McKimmy.
Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Becky Harris of Indianapolis and William and Sheri Harris of Carthage, N.C.; five daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie and Ed Sharton of Brazil, Brenda and John O'Neal and Becky and David Doti, all of Terre Haute, Lucinda and Bobby Weber of Indianapolis and Tracy and Chris Schretter of Wilmington, N.C.; one sister, Margiette Fox of Indianapolis; one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Anne Harris of Pembroke, Ga.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home with Vanita Moore, celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow in Bee Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at Moore Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. today and again Tuesday from 8 a.m. to time of service.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to the VistaCare Hospice Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. For additional information, see www.moorefuneralhome.us.