Christopher Wayne Harris
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Christopher Wayne Harris, 32, was born July 1, 1976 in Abilene to Gary Harris and Laura Hale Harris and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, November 14, 2008.He attended school in Abilene including Cooper High School before moving with his family to Fort Worth in 1996. He accepted Christ as his savior when he was a child and faithful member of Elmcrest Baptist Church where he was baptized by T. C. Melton and loved singing in the children's choir. Chris had a very passionate spirit, an easy laugh, caring eyes, and a quick wit and loved a practical joke. He was an avid fan of The Dallas Cowboys and The Texas Longhorns but his favorite thing was spending time with his family, especially Christmas Eve at Big John and Honey's house. He was a very affectionate person who never missed an opportunity to say "I love you".
On January 24, 1997 Chris married the love of his life, Bobbye Nell Lester, in Fort Worth. They have three children, Zachary Lynn, 11 years old, Zane Christopher, 10, and Zoye Annell, 7. Chris was a loving husband and a devoted father and was dearly loved by his family. Chris lived a lot of life in his thirty-two years. In January 2008, he suffered a stroke but as with other challenges in his life, Chris was a fighter and overcame virtually every symptom of his stroke. One day shortly after the stroke the doctor's said Chris would probably not live through the day, but he and God had other plans. Chris had a very happy and healthy ten months following the stroke. He had taken to clapping his hands and saying; "cool, cool" over any excitement.Chris had recently moved back to Abilene where he went to work for Tejas Properties Construction, immediately proving himself a quick study, a beloved co-worker, and a true asset. In prior years Chris had worked in the plumbing industry and since 2000, had been very involved with Teen Challenge Ministries. It would be Chris' wish that the Lord use his life and death to accomplish many good things, bring honor and glory to His name, and lost souls to Jesus.
He is survived by his wife, children, and parents, two brothers, John William Harris and wife, Becca, of Humble, Texas and Michael Paul Harris of N. Richland Hills and one sister, Caitlin Rebecca Harris of N. Richland Hills. Grandparents John Wayne and Barbara Harris of Abilene, Charles and Ollie Hale of McKinney, Texas and Richard and Velda Price of Centerville, Texas. He is also survived by aunts and uncles Scott Harris of Keller, Texas, Scott and Cathy McCleary and David and Paige Hale of Abilene, and Alan and Laurie Hale of Canadian, Texas. He is also survived by numerous cousins and many, many friends.
Services will be held at Broadview Baptist Church Tuesday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m., with burial to follow in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 17th at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Pallbearers will be Uncles Scott Harris, Scott McCleary, Alan Hale, and David Hale, Cousin Ryan Harris and friend Brent Anders.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Teen Challenge, 3850 South Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78264; or to the donor's favorite charity.Guest Registry and Obituary online at:www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.