|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1928|
|Death: ||Sep. 21, 2012|
TUPELO - Boyce Ervin Harris died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. He was born in Tupelo on Feb. 6, 1928, to Samuel Ervin Harris and Mary Alice Rice Harris. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1945 and attended Mississippi State University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, obtained a business degree and received a commission through his ROTC training, graduating in 1949. He married Jo Anne Stallings on Oct. 15, 1950. In 1953, he received his orders for active duty with the United States Air Force and earned his wings at Williams Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz. He served as a pilot in the Korean conflict. After receiving his discharge from active duty, he joined the Air Reserve unit in Memphis, during which time he was called up for the Cuban Missile Crisis. When the reserve unit was deactivated in Memphis, he then joined the Mississippi Air National Guard operating out of Jackson, and flew numerous missions to Vietnam and throughout the world. He was a squadron pilot, squadron commander, director of operations, group commander of the 172nd and later assigned to State Headquarters, obtaining the rank of Brigadier General before being honorably discharged in 1979. During his Air Force career, he logged approximately 7,000 hours of flying time and was an instructor pilot in the aircraft he flew. In his civilian life, he was in sales with The Monts Company, retiring from this position in 1990.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church with Pastor James R. Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the Tupelo Memorial Park Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of almost 62 years, Jo Anne Stallings Harris; one son, Hugh Ervin Harris (Jan) of Tupelo; one daughter, Nancy Jane Harris Hollaway (Ronnie) of Birmingham, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Brooks Hollaway, Wesley Harris Hollaway, Joseph Tanner Harris and Addison Elaine Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Mary Alice Harris.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Hollaway, Tanner Harris, Robert Wilson, Robert Davis, Al Rice and Pete Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be the Hardy's Coffee Group.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802-0854 or the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Read more: djournal.com - 9-22-2012
Samuel E. Harris (1897 - 1976)
Mary Alice Harris (1904 - 1995)
Tupelo Memorial Park Cemetery
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