Kerlin Harris

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Lewis Kerlin Harris, age 84, of Linden, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at his home in Linden, Texas.   He was born February 23, 1936, to Amos and Mellie Luster Harris in Lanier, Texas.  Kerlin attended school in Cave Springs until he transferred into the Linden School system where he graduated High School in 1954. After graduating from High School, Kerlin attended Business College.         

Kerlin is a member of the Linden United Methodist Church and served on the Linden-Kildare School Board for many years.  He retired from Lone Star Steel after 30 years of service working as a Superintendent at the Pipe Mill. After leaving Lone Star Steel, Kerlin began his career as the Transportation Coordinator at Linden-Kildare Consolidated School District where he retired after 15 years of service.

Kerlin was married to the love of his life, Charlie Harris for over 62 years.  They were owners of Capitol Florist in Linden, Texas for over 20 years.  He was active in the community and supported many community activities including Music City Texas, the Big Bird Crawfish Boil, and the Linden Cemetery Association. He was a life-long supporter of the Linden-Kildare Tigers.   

He is survived by one son, Bruce Harris and wife, Bernadette of Linden, Texas; one grandson Brian Quaid and wife Jeanna of Sims, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Jacee Quaid of Linden, Texas; one sister, Joan McCord and husband, Bob of Atlanta, Texas; one brother, James Harris of Linden, Texas; one, sister-in-law, LaJuan Harris, of Nacogdoches, Texas; special friend, Kenath Hawkins; and a number of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. 

Kerlin is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charlie Reece “Charla” Harris; one son, Brad Harris; one grandson, James Reece Harris; one brother, Raymond Harris; one sister-in-law, Pat Harris; and one brother-in-law, Neal Birmingham.  

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Linden United Methodist Church with Pastor Kelly Krone and Bro. Ken Lake officiating and under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.  The registry book will be available for signatures at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home Thursday, January 21, 2021 during business hours. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Linden United Methodist Church, the Linden Cemetery Association, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  


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  1. This is one of my old Caves Springs Texas buddies. We had lots of great times back in the 50's. He will be missed.

  2. You will be missed by all. Lots of cousin memories will never be forgotten. Prayers and sympathy to all the family.

  3. Kerlin was a fine man and a friend to many. He will be missed not only by me, but so very many. My sincere condolences for Bruce, Bernie, and other loved ones.

  4. It was a great pleasure to get to know Kerlin and to be able to spend several hours just talking and hearing all of his stories. He had a warm heart and a kind spirit. In all of our talks, he had nothing but kind words about everyone who may have come up in conversation.

  5. My condolences and prayers to the family. Mr. Kerlin was a great asset to our community and will be missed. May your memories sustain you during your grief.

  6. Kerlin was an amazing life -long friend. May God give you all the strength to sustain these two recent losses in your life! We are so saddened! We know you have great memories to ease the pain. Much love.

  7. Bruce and Bernie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace. Your parents meant a lot to me.
    Teresa Rich Potts

  8. Such a sweet man since the first day I met him when he came to see Mrs. Charlie. Give her a huge hug for me💛

  9. Kerlin was a great man, friend and cousin. He will be missed by all who knew him. Hugs and prayers for Bruce, Berny and all of the family. May your faith and precious memories help get you through all of the difficult days ahead.

  10. I sure will miss Kerlin. As one of the teachers of the Men's Bible Class at the Linden United Methodist Church, I so appreciated Kerlin, because he was such a faithful member of our Sunday School Class. Even when his health started to fail, you could depend on him to be there, if he could possible make it. His son Brad, was such an outstanding player on our LUMC slow pitch softball team. Bruce and Bernie and your family should know, that you will be in my prayers. May God Bless You!

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. I happened across this sight and I had to respond. Our families have grown so far apart but seems we are closer than we think. May you have peace in your hearts and warm memories in your thoughts.

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