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Dillon "Jap" Harris

June 3, 1929 September 30, 2016
Dillon "Jap" Harris
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Obituary for Dillon "Jap" Harris

Dillon Staton "Jap" Harris, 87, of Plymouth died Friday, September 30, 2016, at Roanoke Landing in Plymouth.

Born June 3, 1929 in Martin County he was the son of the late Hubert Staton Harris and Lethia Roberson Harris and was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Harris Smith. "Jap" graduated from Plymouth High School in 1948 and began working with N.C. Pulp Company of Plymouth. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon his return to Plymouth he worked as a maintenance supervisor with Weyerhaeuser Company until his retirement in 1991. He was an avid sports fan and loved football, basketball and baseball. His favorite team was "The New York Yankees" whom he saw play at Yankee Stadium in 1980. He loved playing golf at Plymouth Country Club and in 1992 scored a hole-in-one. He coached youth football and baseball for many years and is fondly remembered by many of his former players. "Jap" was recognized for his love of dancing at Albemarle Beach. He was a member of Perseverance Lodge No. 59 of Plymouth.

His family includes his wife, Ruby Savage Harris of Plymouth, N.C.; sons, Dillon Staton Harris, Jr. and wife Mona of Apex, N.C. and Gregory Marshall Harris and wife Sandra of Cary, N.C.; brothers, Jesse "J.B." Harris of La Plata, MD. and Bobby Harris of Plymouth, N.C.; grandchildren, Dillon Staton Harris, III, Brewer Marshall Harris, Ansley Sheppard Harris and Hollyn Preston Harris.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth with Reverend Jimmy Hagwood officiating. Private family burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at Maitland Funeral Home and other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.

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