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Winford Lewis Harris Jr, more commonly known as “Butch,” age 62, of Walnut Grove, Georgia, passed away Saturday, September 12th, 2020. Butch was proceeded in death by his mother, Caroline Ruth Dingler Harris. Butch is survived by his wife, Deborah Annett Shaw Harris, his three daughters; Melanie Christine Lee (J.R.), Christie Nicole Harris, and Tara Annett Brechtel (Justin), and his grandchildren, Jackie “Rhett” Lee, Jackson Ray Lee, and Casie Joe Brechtel. Butch is also survived by his father, Winford Lewis Harris Sr., his Aunt Patricia Bailey-Reeves and his sisters, Deborah Williams, Georgia Nasworthy (Kenneth), and Norah Minish (Casey), and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Butch was raised and lived most of his life in Gwinnett County, Georgia, until he moved with his wife and children to Walnut Grove, Georgia in 1999. Butch worked for Gwinett County Fire Department for 30 years as a Luitenant Firefighter, a certified EMT, and a certified diver on the Swift Water Rescue Team.
As is the case with nearly all firefighters, he and his wife, Debbie, also owned and operated their own business – T.M.C. Grassing Inc, providing erosion control services for various GDOT projects across the state. Butch embodied a true entrepreneurial spirit working incredibly hard throughout his life. From pushing a lawnmower at 9-years-old to splitting and selling firewood with his daughters, and farming, he approached everything with enthusiasm and unbound optimism. Butch was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church where he served as a member of the security team and worked with various outreach ministries including Kings Kids International, an organization near and dear to his heart.
Butch’s main passions in life were serving the Lord, loving his family, fishing, and eating good food. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, anything to do with tractors, and spending time with his friends and family. He truly saw the best in every situation and had an incredible sense of humor. You could always spot him in a crowd with his white cowboy hat and hear his loud laugh. He was always quick to offer help to anyone, and the number of lives he touched is beyond count. Words cannot express how deeply he was loved, and how immensely he will be missed.
A funeral service honoring the life of Butch will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment will follow at Corinth Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 2:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm and Thursday, September 17th from 1:00pm until the time of service at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Kings Kids International http://kingskids.family/ or The Birdwell Foundation http://www.birdwellfoundation.org/
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