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James Olen Harris

• Jun 9, 2018 at 10:19 AM

ALBERTVILLE, AL - James Olen Harris, 71, of Albertville, AL passed away on June 6, 2018, at his home in Albertville.

Visitation will be on Saturday June 9, 2018, form 12:00pm until 2:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Albertville. Funeral services will follow at 2:00pm at the church. Burial will immediately follow at Memory Hill Cemetery in Albertville. Arrangements are by Adams Brown Service Funeral Home. 

James was born in Albertville, AL to Olen and Dorothy Mae Arnold Harris on February 1, 1947. He married Patsy Jean Rowell on September 16, 1972.

James went to Dobyns Bennet High School in Kingsport, TN. He then completed his B.S. and Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees from East Tennessee State University. He received his Ed.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and an additional Masters and Ph.D. from Tennessee State University in Psychology. He was a retired special education teacher from Tennessee and worked as a aschool psychologist for another ten years in Illinois. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

James is preceded in death by his father, Olen Harris; mother, Dorothy Mae Harris; and brother Thomas Kyle Harris.

James is survived by his wife, Patsy Rowell Harris; daughter, April Michelle Harris; brothers, John (Lynn) and Roger (Olga) Harris; nephew, Ian Harris; nieces, Julia Mortyakova, Kelli Gaherty, and Meagan Branum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Christ Episcopal Church, Alabama Public Television, or National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI).

The family of James wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Father Ben Alford of Christ Episcopal Church and all of the church members. We would also like to thank the caregivers at Alacare Home Health and Shepherd’s Cove Hospice.

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