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Jim D. Harris

Jimmy Dale Harris - Vice-President

Jim D. Harris
November 19, 1948 - September 9, 2020

Jim D Harris passed away on September 9, 2020, after a brief struggle with dementia. He was born November 19, 1948 and raised in Dickson, TN until moving to Bruceton, TN and graduating from Central High School in 1966.

He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he obtained a BA in English. He began his career in Human Resources in Tennessee, but his talents and ambitions carried him around the country to Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Connecticut, Louisiana, as well as the United Kingdom and on other adventures around the globe before returning to his home in Middle Tennessee, where he was a longtime employee of HCA in Nashville.

His career continued with stops including Dubai, West Virginia, and California. He had recently retired to Wilmington, North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Spencer and Clara Harris, and his brother Clint Hugh Harris.

He is survived by his loving companion Frances Humphrey; his children Duff (Jenni) Harris, Sara (Chance) Oliver, Kate (Ben) Hazlewood; his eight grandchildren Mar’a, Liam, and Meg Harris, Grace, Emma, and Kennedy Oliver, and Sam and Jack Hazlewood; his sister Sue Wright; niece Stephanie (Mike) Tatum and nephew Spencer Harris. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Martha Harris, and the brothers of his beloved Phi Sigma Kappa.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dickson Union Cemetery. Family and friends will speak.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The University of Tennessee Athletics Annual Fund. Memorial gifts may be sent to the University of Tennessee Foundation, 1525 University Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37921, or online at

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