David A. Harris Sr., 85, peacefully passed in his Madison Lakes home surrounded by family and friends on May 22, 2018. Born October 26, 1932 to Floyd and Alva Harris, he was a loving husband of Susan Swilley Harris. He is survived by his wife, Sue, two sons David Jr. and Derek, and three grandchildren Eliza, Austin and Chandler. He is survived by Sue’s son Jean-Paul Swilley and as a loving grandfather to Renee, Autum, Breanna, Nick, Erica, Trey and Hunter. David helped raise two loving stepsons, The Honorable Clyde Gober and Guy Gober, MD and was a loving grandfather to a combined nine Gober grandchildren. He is preceded in death by sibings F. Otto Jr. and Myra Banks. He is greatly missed by his remaining siblings Eloise Martin, Joel Harris and Sandra Bodeman, and many adoring nieces and nephews.
David grew up in Grant Park where I-20 stands today, less than a mile from MLK’s birthplace just three years earlier. Harris attended Roosevelt HS where he was an outstanding athlete lettering in multiple sports and received All State football honors. Harris attended Gordon Military College in Barnesville where he continued in football as a military college stand-out on very good teams. He went on to serve in The U.S Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, NC.
At 22, David joined Southern Bell serving 40 years as a cable repair technician, a position he dedicated himself to until retirement at 62. As an enlightened son of Atlanta, he took pride in providing critical uplinks to international media when they descended on King’s neighborhood in the tumultuous wake of his assassination and Atlanta funeral, an assignment refused by many fellow workers at the time. He served several sleepless days restoring service during the Great Ice Storm of Atlanta in 1973, a week that was said to have “permanently changed the psyche of the city”. David also possessed expertise in tree removal, performing this task for countless neighbors and family under difficult circumstances. David had a knack for cards and remained an avid sports fan in his retirement, providing dedicated support to his children and grandchildren’s events to the very end. David’s hallmarks were his quiet nature and humility coupled with dashing good looks and the limitless generosity of his time, love and support to his children, grandchildren and extended family. He is considered a greatly beloved man by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at A.E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison on June 2 at 2 p.m. with pastor Grady Mosley serving as officiant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Kidney Foundation.