Glendon (Glen) Harris
Glendon (Glen) V. Harris, age 82, passed away on the morning of August 2, 2018 at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee. He was born, June 13, 1936 in Pleasant Hill, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife, Patti (Patsy H.) of 57 years, and sons, Tyson Harris and his wife, Janet, of Clarksville, Tennessee; Bryan Harris and his wife, Dixie, of Anderson, South Carolina; Grandson, Andrew (Drew) Harris and Granddaughter, Abigail (Harris) Bass and her husband, Austin, all of Nashville, Tennessee, his sister and brother-in-law Waleda and Don Smith of Idabel, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Lola Mae Harris of Haworth, Oklahoma and his beloved “Grannie” Lillian Ogburn of Idabel, Oklahoma. Visitation will be 1-2 pm Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, Arkansas. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2 pm in the Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Home chapel in McGehee, Arkansas with Rev. Bill D. Hilburn officiating. Burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery near Winchester, Arkansas. Services will be directed by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service.
Glen graduated from Haworth, Oklahoma High School in 1956. He earned his BSE Degree at Southeastern University in Durant, Oklahoma and a Master of Education and Administrative Certification in Education at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Glen was a retired educator who began his teaching career in a small rural school in Clebit, Oklahoma where he also coached the boys’ basketball team. (The team won the McCurtain County Championship during his first year.) His education career also included 2 years in New Mexico and 33 years in Texas with the majority of those years being in Marshall. He served as principal for 10 years before his retirement. Glen loved his students and teaching. His motto, which was always displayed in his classroom or office, was “Children are happier when they know where the fences are.” Glen was a veteran who served in the U. S. Army and Oklahoma National Guard. He taught youth and adult Sunday School classes and served as a deacon for many years. He was a member of Hilldale Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. Glen was very proud of his Choctaw Indian heritage, and he was a descendent of Choctaw Nation Chief Peter P. Pitchlyn who served during the mid-1800’s.
Glen was an avid hunter and fisherman with deer hunting being his obsession. He knew more about nature and the great outdoors than most, and he enjoyed hunting and especially fishing with his sons, grandson and granddaughter. Glen was an avid reader, with the Bible, American history and Louis L’Amour novels being his favorites.
Glen fought a courageous battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases the past five years. A special thank you to his best friend Harvey Hohenberger, special friends Maurice & Ora Mae Wasson, Max Harris & Sid Lane for their support & encouragement with regular phone calls and/or visits after he moved to Clarksville, caregiver Rose McCabe, the AseraCare Hospice staff, and family and friends who kept him in their prayers.
The Harris family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation