Arthur A. Harris, Jr., 89, of Utica passed away Monday, January 2, 2023, under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. The Heflin, Alabama native was born February 9, 1933, to the late Arthur Harris Sr. and Toye Harris. After high school, Arthur served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After his military service, he went to work for GE, which brought him to Kentucky where he met his future wife. Arthur later retired from Alcoa after over 30 years in machine maintenance. He was a creative man with a curious mind who could fix or build just about anything, including a steam engine to-scale from scratch which ran just like the big ones. Arthur was an avid gardener and enjoyed collecting family history and knives. As a very generous man, he would literally give you the shirt off his back along with several others in his closet. Arthur loved his family and was a wonderful father and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, Arthur is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Smith Harris.
Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Kevin Harris and wife Holly Carter of Maceo, Bryan Wood and wife Nora of Heflin, Alabama; four grandchildren, Elijah Carter, Paxton Harris and Scarlett Harris, all of Maceo, and Scott Barlow of Heflin; brother-in-law, David Smith and his wife Karen, sister-in-law Della Howard, all of Owensboro.
The funeral will be noon Saturday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 until 7:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Entombment will be in the chapel at Rosehill Cemetery with full military honors.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky 3419 Wathen’s Crossing Owensboro, KY 42301.
Memories and messages of condolence for Arthur’s family may be left at www.glenncares.com.