Claude Welton Harris, Jr.
- November 21, 1922 - December 18, 2010
- Hopewell, Virginia
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“Mrs. Harris, Claudia, and family,
I am saddened to learn of Mr. Harris' death, although I know he is safe and well with God. I know you will...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Beth Winslow Butner - VA
“My acquaintance with Simp was through DuPont. I went to work with the company in 1957 and I believe he retired in l982. We both worked in the...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Milton Hess - Charles City, VA
“We are sorry for your loss and will be thinking of each of you.
Sincerely, Harry and Marie Talley
3 of 6 | Posted by: Harry and Marie Talley - NC
“Coach Harris coached the Hopewell Little League All Stars in the late 60's when I was a kid. I was the bat boy for that team and I showed up for...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Pat Metheny - Norfolk, VA
“Seeing this obituary brought good memories of Mr. Harris and my own family. Whether on a ball field or at Chuck Phelps' gas station where he kidded...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: George H. Donigian - Greenwood, SC
“Grandad was a good man and told great stories. He taught me a lot with tennis and how to be play the game. I loved him for how he lived the life he...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Ryan Harris - richmond, VA
Claude Welton “Simp” Harris, Jr. died December 18, 2010, following a brief illness. He was born on November 21, 1922, to Claude W. Harris Sr. and Mary Hardee Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Oliver Lee (Butch) Harris. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Muriel, whom he met in 1944 while stationed in England during his Air Force service. He is also survived by two sons Ray Scott and his wife Sandra (Palmer), Wayne Allan and his wife Sherry (Brady), a daughter Claudia Harris Wilding and her husband Doyle, three sisters Adele Phelps, Catherine Bobb, and Joyce Harris, a sister-in-law, Jean Kay Harris, and eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Claude was always active in sports. Whether playing softball or coaching baseball, basketball, and tennis, his intensity and desire to excel will never be matched. Regardless of the weather, he could often be found on the tennis court well into his seventies. He was retired from E. I. DuPont and a member of the ASA Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame. He will be missed by all.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 214 N. 6th Avenue, Hopewell, VA. Funeral services and interment will be private.