Homer Jean Harris, 77, son of Homer Harris and Hattie Ellen Landreth, was born June 1, 1925, at East St. Louis, Ill. He died Dec. 23, 2002, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy due to World War II. He was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Base for training as a medic. He married his high school sweetheart Eva Lee Legg July 9, 1944. After the war, Mr. Harris was honorably discharged from the Navy Feb. 4, 1946. He received honors in the American Theatre, the Victory Medal and the Point System. He was granted a scholarship to the University of Illinois, where he studied dentistry for two years. He worked for the U.S. Post Office for 25 years, first as a railway mail clerk. He was a clerk in the East St. Louis Post Office, where he worked his way up to su-pervisor. He was also a house builder for his family. He built three homes, the most recent in the Evening Shade community. In 1967, he purchased 160 acres at Evening Shade, built a house and worked at the hospital at Fort Leonard Wood for 10 years. He retired to his tree farm. In 1999, the Harris’ moved to the Raymondville Senior Housing due to failing health. Mr. Harris was a supporter and friend of the Raymondville Fire Department and a member of the Seventh Day Church of God. Surviving are his wife of 57 years; three children, Jeanne Lee Harris Chatman of Raymondville and Evening Shade, Nancy Ellen Harris James of Chapin, S.C., and Homer Paul Harris of Independence; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were Dec. 28 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lawrence Chatman officiating. Burial with military rites was in the C.T. Smith Cemetery near Success. “

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