Alexander Everett Harris Jr.

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Alexander Everett Harris Jr., 77, died July 6, 2019 in the Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock surrounded by his wife, family, and friends. He was born the first child and son of Lt. Col. Alexander Everett Harris and Alma Fletcher Walker Harris on December 23, 1941 in Carmel, California. He attended high school in Taipei, Taiwan and graduated high school from Missouri in 1958. He then continued his education in Michigan State, where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree with a major in Police Administration. He was a self-made man by building a professional career with his educational foundation. His career unfolded beginning with the Berkley Police Department in California. He later relocated to Little Rock to be near his parents and became employed by the Little Rock Police Department. He later served as Director of Security with St. Vincent Infirmary. In 1968, he met his wife, Shirlene, and they married in May of 1969. They made their home in Little Rock, Ark. She was a Registered Nurse employed by Baptist Hospital. In 1970, he started his first company, Harris Enterprises, specializing in Fire and Safety equipment - later adding police supplies and equipment, as well as air warning systems. In the meantime, he added the family business, Russell L. Harris and Everett Harris Arkansas Texas Partnership Farms, serving as business manager. He continued his business career and company until his death. Upon his death, air warning systems function as a testament to his expertise in the following states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, and Louisiana. In addition, he did not neglect his civic duties as a citizen. He served on the Pulaski county juries, president of the Twin Lakes subdivision homeowners' association, and as a volunteer fireman for the Crystal Hill Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Walker Harris (Miriam), Burlington, N.C. He is survived by Shirlene Wynell Robertson Harris, his wife of 50 years; his son, John Everett Harris, MD and wife Nichole Harris of White Hall, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Miriam Wood Harris Gardner (Jim), North Fort Myers, Fla.; brother-in-law, Burl Dean Robertson (Liz), Star City, Ark.; niece, Robyn Harris Dudas-Washington (William), Virginia; two nephews, James Walker Harris II, Little Rock, Ark.; Keith Dewayne Robertson (Missy), Star City, Ark.; two granddaughters, Madison Elaine Harris Dykes (Jeremy), Birmingham, Ala.; Hannah Elizabeth Harris, White Hall, Ark.; one step-granddaughter, Morgan Nicole Shandy, White Hall, Ark.; one step-grandson, Braden Dwayne Shandy, White Hall, Ark.; one chosen other child, Kadeem Alexander Smith, DeWitt, Ark.; three great-nephews, Joshua Alan Robertson, Star City, Ark.; Sean Alexander Dudas, Norfolk, Va.; James Walker Harris III, Sicklerville, N.J.; six great-nieces, Samantha Rose Harris, Little Rock, Ark.; Rebecca Catherine Harris, Sicklerville, N.J.; Josie Dawn Robertson, Star City, Ark.; Grace Olivia Dudas, Reader, Pa.; Elizabeth Rose Dudas, Reader, Pa.; Ashley Nicole Dudas Wood (Timothy), Reader, Pa.; two step great-nieces, Kristina Delaine Washington, Danielle Marie Washington, Pa. A visitation celebration of thanksgiving of his life and resurrection will be held at the Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 10th at 6 pm, a mass will be held at Christ the King church on Rodney Parham at 12 noon on July 11th, and graveside service will be held at the Oakland Cemetery at Monticello, Arkansas, on July 11th at 3 p.m. Pallbearers include Mike Mays, Arkansas; Larry Robertson, Arkansas; Matt Miles, Arkansas; Charles Lea, Florida; Jerry Mathews, Arkansas; Tommy Bacon, Florida; James Walker Harris, Arkansas; and Joshua Robertson, Arkansas. Honorary pallbearers include David Hale, Iowa, Mike Zimmerman, Texas; Philip Whiteaker, Arkansas; Scott Horne, Texas; . T. Cantrell, Arkansas; Demitrius Anderson, Arkansas; John Adamson, North Carolina; Jimmy McGhee, Arkansas; Ronnie McGhee, Arkansas; Boe Fontaine, Arkansas; and Keith Eremea, Arkansas. A special thank you to those who rendered bedside care and services during this hard-fought battle with glioblastoma multiform goes to Rhonda Finney, ANP; Mike Bacon; Demitrius Anderson; Marie Graham; Dr. Xiang Gao, Dr. Brad Baltz; Nichole Harris, RN; John Harris, MD; Marcia Erbland, MD; Cary Curzon; Wyck Nesbitt; Cindy Blythe; Buddy Youngblood; Nancy Ryburn, PhD; Barbara Samuels, JD; Diane Marks; Jerry and Judy Mathews; Veronica Clark; Melinda Elliott, LPN, and A+ Medical. Thank you for all who visited, called, and prayed during this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to either Baptist Medical Center - Little Rock charity, or your church of choice. Please share your love and support with the family and sign the online guest book on our website at

Published July 10, 2019

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