James Vernon Harris passed away peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning, April 18, at the age of 84.
James was born May 14, 1924 on his familyís farm in rural Corpus Christi. He attended school in the London community and was a graduate of Corpus Christi High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was part of a flight preparation group that received extensive training in Austin, Kerrville, Georgia, Michigan and then back to Corpus Christi NAS. During that time he earned his wings, was specially trained to be a torpedo bomber, and went on to have over 40 aircraft carrier landings. As the war ended, he signed on for a shakedown tour on the new USS FDR carrier.
After his Navy service he returned to Texas and moved to the Rio Grande Valley to work as a crop duster and begin his own farming business. He soon married his wife of over 60 years, Joe Beth London, on July 3, 1948, and they were a part of the Rio Farms program in Monte Alto. In the 1950ís they had two daughters, Linda and Trudy. James farmed for over 50 years in the Monte Alto and Edcouch area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Harris and Mary Sims Harris Camp; sister, Loraine Crump; and daughter, Linda Cagle-Currie. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by those he is survived by including his wife, Beth Harris; daughter Trudy (Don) Kampa; grandaughter Julie Kampa; also grandaughters Christina Kretschmar, Cheryl Rister (Brian) ; grandson Ryan Cagle; beautiful great-grandaughters Abby and Emma Rister.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Texas Healthcare Solutions, Pat Long of A Long Stay Retirement Community and staff, including Linda, Chuck, Francisco, Margarita, Renee, and Maria. Special gratitude goes out to loving caregivers Marie, Hector and Virginia. Also appreciation to Aunt Carol Hester and Bobby Wilson, Dr. Terry Grover and staff and Dr. Carlos Diaz and staff, all of Boerne. In the Valley we wish to thank Ben and Barbara Rowland and family, Alberto Flores, Ricardo Vallejo and family, and John Sharp. James requested that there be no funeral services; however a casual gathering in his honor were held in Boerne at A Long Stay at 137 Old San Antonio Rd. on Saturday the 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Boerne Animal League, First United Methodist Church B