Lo­cal busi­ness leader Har­ris dead at age 61

Life-long res­i­dent suc­cumbs to can­cer

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

Re­mem­bered for his lead­er­ship and keen sense of sports­man­ship, Stan­ley Walker Har­ris, for­mer pres­i­dent of Walker Har­ris Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, died Satur­day at the age of 61 af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

“Hewas our fam­ily leader,” said Tony Har­ris, Stan’s younger brother. “That’s the best way I know to put it.”

The son ofWalker Har­ris, a for­mer mayor of Cov­ing­ton and the founder ofWalker Har­ris ChryslerDodge-Jeep, Stan, a life­long resi- dent of New­ton County, joined the fam­ily busi­ness while still in high school.

“He ran our busi­ness,” Tony said. “As my dad grew older and wasn’t as in­volved, Stan took it over and ran it very ef­fi­ciently. It con­tin­ued to grow and pros­per through his ef­forts.”

A 1965 grad­u­ate of New­ton County High School, Stan played on the boy’s bas­ket­ball team all four years of high school and was an in­te­gral part of the team’s his­toric suc­cess in win­ning the state cham­pi­onship un­der Coach Ron Bradley in 1964.

“ He was not only an out­stand­ing young man, he was an out­stand­ing leader,” said Bradley, who now coaches at Her­itage High School.

Bradley re­called that Stan was se­lected as an All- State bas­ket­ball layer both his ju­nior and se­nior year in high school

“ When you look back at those two years, we only lost one game each year,” said Bradley who has re­mained in touch with the Har­ris fam­ily through the years. “ In those four years we only lost nine games. Stan was a mighty im­por­tant part of that. His teams never lost in the home gym. He never tasted de­feat there.

“ I could talk about bas­ket­ball skills but Stan was big­ger than that. I could talk about stats but stats don’t even touch Stan,” Bradley said. “ He was such an out­stand­ing leader. [ His team­mates] all re­spected and loved Stan­ley Har­ris. We’re all go­ing to miss him.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school, Stan went on to play bas­ket­ball for Mid­dle Ge­or­gia Col­lege for two years be­fore grad­u­at­ing in 1967. He then at­tended the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia where he ma­jored in busi­ness.

Stan then re­turned home in 1969 to man­age the fam­ily car deal­er­ship which he ran un­til the end 2007 when the fam­ily de­cided to sell the com­pany to Ginn Mo­tor Com­pany. He also served as a di­rec­tor on the Chrysler- Dodge- Jeep Ad­ver­tis­ing Board for twenty years and served on the Board of the Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for five years.

He was a mem­ber and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Cov­ing­ton Ro­tary Club, a past mem­ber of the Board of Trustees of Ge­orge Wal­ton Academy in Mon­roe and a mem­ber of Cov­ing­ton First Bap­tist Church where he served on sev­eral church com­mit­tees.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Becky Har­ris; daugh­ter, Trudy Har­ris; son and daugh­ter- in- law, Matthew and Ida Har­ris; grand­chil­dren, Parks and Hud­son Har­ris; fa­ther, Walker Har­ris; sis­ter and brother- in- law, Dawn and Mar­shall Atha; brother and sis­ter- in- law, Tony and Donna Har­ris; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Funeral ser­vices were held at First Bap­tist Church on Mon­day af­ter­noon where an over­flow­ing crowd of mourn­ers left stand­ing room only. In­tern­ment fol­lowed at Lawn­wood Me­mo­rial Park.

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