In Memory

Joshua Harris - Class Of 2002

The son of Debbie and Charlie (class of '71) Harris, Josh was killed during a training exercise while stationed in California on January 22, 2004. He also leaves behind a brother, Jake Harris and a sister Chasity Harris VanBlaricum.

Joshua was halfway through his five-year military commitment. The Gulf High School graduate spent nine months in Kuwait and Iraq as a helicopter crew chief and was preparing to ship out again for six months aboard an aircraft carrier. But Harris and three other Marines were killed when their UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed during a training flight at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego. He was the youngest of three siblings, joined the Marines on Sept. 6, 2001, to help pay for college. When he returned home in October after his nine-month tour of duty, his family greeted him at Tampa International Airport with a red sign with gold lettering Marine Corps colors that read: `Welcome Home Josh! USMC.' In California, Harris enjoyed snowboarding and riding his motorcycle through the mountains. He was dyslexic, and his family plans to start a college scholarship fund for dyslexic students. The young man who played golf and tennis at Gulf High, overcame his dyslexia by learning from watching others. As a child, Josh had wavy red hair. His mother grew tired of people asking whom he inherited it from, so she changed her hair color to match. He lived in Jenkins most of his life. His paternal grandfather, Ed Harris, still lives in the small coal town in Letcher County. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Debra Powers Harris of New Port Richey, along with a sister, Chasity and a brother, Jacob. He was 21. His funeral was in Jenkins, Ky. 


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02/24/09 10:56 AM #1    

Kara Shea Curry (Walters) (2003)

We miss you Josh. God bless you and rest in peace.

04/01/09 05:18 PM #2    

Elisa Maynard (Hughes) (1986)

Charlie, Debbie, Jake and Chas,

It was one of the most heartbreaking newscast I have ever watched. There I was sitting in my living room in Florida watching the local news only to find out that the cute little red head that grew up next door to me in Jenkins was gone in a tragic accident. My heart still breaks for your loss. I am so proud of Josh and the career achievements he had made. That curly red headed, always in to trouble, little rascal will never be forgotten.

With love to you all,
Elisa Maynard Hughes & Family

04/01/09 09:33 PM #3    

Debbie Maggard (Lawson) (1971)

Charlie, your son was a handsome young man and I'm sure as good a son as anyone could ever want. Debbie Maggard

04/09/09 11:58 AM #4    

Teresa Bentley

Debbie, Charlie, Chas, & Jake....the Bentleys miss you!!!

I have so many memories of Josh. He had a love of life that could be surpassed by few. I'm still not sure why Sunny Boy hated him so much. His red hair is all we could figure. Josh would still feed him regardless. I guess Josh saw it as a challenge....he was going to make this dog love him like everyone else did!

I can still see Kayla chasing Josh and hitting with a broom. They were so little then and Josh was just smiling from ear to ear.

I think of Josh every day when I go by his house and pass over the bridge named in his honor. What a wonderful tribute!!!

07/05/10 11:37 AM #5    

Autumn Fleming (Newsome) (2001)

Charles, Debbie, Chasity, and Jake,

I think of Josh often.  We lost touch when he moved to Florida but I always remembered how he could make me laugh.  I am sure that he knew how much I liked him, especially after the crazy-long love letter I wrote him when we were kids.  I remember thinking at his funeral: "What a strong, courageous man he turned out to be."  He could not have passed from this life with more honor.  I remember his sacrifice every time I pass the bridge in Jenkins.  How proud you all must be to have raised and loved such a hero.

May God richly bless each of you...


Autumn (Fleming) Newsome

07/10/10 04:44 PM #6    

Willie Hollyfield (1971)

 Charlis and Debbie:  I didn't know your son, but as a graduate of Jenkins High School and as a retired veteran I can feel your lost.   I wish you pease in the lord and may one day you'll see him in heaven. 



May God Bless you and your family

Sincerely Lunford Hollyfield

711 Ballon Ter SE

Palm Bay FL. 32909

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