John Emory Harris, Jr., was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, to the late John Emory Harris, Sr. and Beatrice Jackson Harris. John had one brother, Thomas Harris and one sister, Joan Chester, who preceded him in death.
John grew up in Cambridge, Maryland, received his education in the Dorchester County Public School System and graduated from Mace’s Lane High School. He enlisted in the Army and served active duty for six months and in the Army Reserve for seven years.
John was employed by Delmarva Power and Light for 35 years and went on to work at Channel Marker as a supervisor for nine years. He was a hard worker and would work any shift. He worked extra shifts anytime he could, because he wanted to make sure his family was well taken care of.
Bumpy, as he was affectionately called, met Barbara Mae Harris, fell in love, and married her on July 17, 1962. They have two beautiful daughters, Yolanda Denise Harris and Angela Lenore Harris. He loved taking them on family vacations. He also has two grandchildren, Deborah Shanee Harris and Lavar Johnathan Harris, who lovingly called him Pop-Pop. The family attended Greater Chief Cornerstone Temple Apostolic Church.
Bumpy loved to cook and made some amazing hot rolls. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and westerns. Two of his favorite sayings were “John Brown” and “Ya Ya”.
Bumpy’s wife, children, grandchildren, four sisters: Susan Cornish, Tina Cornish, Arlette Sampson and Glenda Taylor, nieces, nephews and other relatives will miss him, but will cherish all the special memories.