Alexander Everett Harris Jr.

Alexander Everett Harris Jr., 77, died July 6, 2019 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock surrounded by his wife, family and friends. He was born the first child and son of Lt. Col. Alexander Everett Harris and Alma Fletcher Walker Harris on December 23, 1941 in Carmel, California. He attended high school in Taipei, Taiwan and graduated high school in Missouri in 1958. He then continued his education in Michigan State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree with a major in Police Administration.

He was a self-made man by building a professional career with his educational foundation. His career unfolded beginning with the Berkley Police Department in California. He later relocated to Little Rock to be near his parents and became employed by the Little Rock Police Department. He later served as Director of Security with St. Vincent Infirmary.  

In 1968, he met his wife, Shirlene, and they married in May of 1969. They made their home in Little Rock. She was a Registered Nurse employed by Baptist Hospital. In 1970, he started his first company, Harris Enterprises, specializing in fire and safety equipment—later adding police supplies and equipment, as well as air warning systems. In the meantime, he added the family business, Russell L. Harris and Everett Harris Arkansas Texas Partnership Farms, serving as business manager. He continued his business career and company until his death.

Upon his death, air warning systems function as a testament to his expertise in the following states:  Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, and Louisiana. In addition, he did not neglect his civic duties as a citizen. He served on the Pulaski County juries, president of the Twin Lakes subdivision homeowners’ association, and as a volunteer fireman for the Crystal Hill Fire Department.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Walker (Miriam) Harris of Burlington, N.C. He is survived by Shirlene Wynell Robertson Harris, his wife of 50 years; his son, John Everett (Nichole) Harris, MD of White Hall; a sister-in-law, Miriam Wood Harris (Jim) Gardner of North Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Burl Dean (Liz) Robertson of Star City; one niece, Robyn Harris (William) Dudas-Washington of Virginia; two nephews, James Walker Harris II of Little Rock and Keith Dewayne (Missy) Robertson of Star City; two granddaughters, Madison Elaine Harris (Jeremy) Dykes of Birmingham, Ala. and Hannah Elizabeth Harris of White Hall; one step-granddaughter, Morgan Nicole Shandy of White Hall; one step-grandson, Braden Dwayne Shandy of White Hall; one chosen other child, Kadeem Alexander Smith of DeWitt; three great-nephews, Joshua Alan Robertson of Star City, Sean Alexander Dudas of Norfolk, Va. and James Walker Harris III of Sicklerville, N.J.; six great-nieces, Samantha Rose Harris of Little Rock, Rebecca Catherine Harris of Sicklerville, Josie Dawn Robertson of Star City, and Grace Olivia Dudas, Elizabeth Rose Dudas and Ashley Nicole Dudas (Timothy) Wood, all of Reader, Pa.; two step great-nieces, Kristina Delaine Washington and Danielle Marie Washington, both of Pennsylvania.

A visitation celebration of thanksgiving of his life and resurrection will be held at the Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, a mass will be held at noon on July 11 at Christ the King Church on Rodney Parham and graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on July 11 at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.  

Pallbearers include Mike Mays, Larry Robertson, Matt Miles, Jerry Mathews, James Walker Harris and Joshua Robertson, all of Arkansas, and Charles Lea and Tommy Bacon, both of Florida. 

Honorary pallbearers include David Hale of Iowa, Mike Zimmerman and Scott Horne, both of Texas, John Adamson of North Carolina, and Philip Whiteaker, J.T. Cantrell, Demitrius Anderson, Jimmy McGhee, Ronnie McGhee, Boe Fontaine and Keith Eremea, all of Arkansas.

A special thank you to those who rendered bedside care and services during this hard-fought battle with glioblastoma multiform goes to Rhonda Finney, ANP; Mike Bacon; Demitrius Anderson; Marie Graham; Dr. Xiang Gao, Dr. Brad Baltz; Nichole Harris, RN; John Harris, MD; Marcia Erbland, MD; Cary Curzon; Wyck Nesbitt; Cindy Blythe; Buddy Youngblood; Nancy Ryburn, PhD; Barbara Samuels, JD; Diane Marks; Jerry and Judy Mathews; Veronica Clark; Melinda Elliott, LPN; and A+ Medical.

Thank you for all who visited, called and prayed during this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to either Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock or the charity or church of your choice. 

Please share your love and support with the family and sign the online guest book on our website at griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.

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