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Celebrating the life of
Dr. William C. "Bill" Harris, Jr.
Passed away on March 03, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Wednesday, March 06, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Rosary
  • 7:00pm - Wednesday, March 06, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Thursday, March 07, 2019
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • 222 East Harris Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-233-4709
  • Private Interment

Even though we did not see much of each other, Bill and I shared a special interest. Please accept my delayed condolences.

Dr. Sandy S. Termotto, Bluffton , SC

Nancy, So sorry to hear about your Brother. Sounds like he was a Beautiful Person. Maureen P. HOBBS

Maureen Hobbs , Somerdale, nj,

I regret that I didn't get to see my cousin Bill and Pam and their family more often. I sure enjoyed their company, but I haven't been to Savannah since the late 1980s. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Harris family.

Jack Ogilvie, Pringle, SD

Bill and I have been friends since childhood days of growing up in Kensington Park. Bill is a prime example of courage and “never give up” attitude despite his many life challenges. Pam you deserve a special place in heaven for all the years of loving and caring for Bill. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Dale Karacostas, Savanah , Ga

Dr. Harris (Bill), was a good friend of mine in Medical School. Bill was a year ahead of me and, as both of us were from the South (I was from Georgia), he took it on himself to look out for me. After graduation and residency, Bill practiced in Georgia and I practiced in Tennessee. I only saw him a few times at medical seminars. I ran into one of our former teachers several years ago and he told me about the first novel Bill had written. I purchase the book and was hooked. I have read all four of his novels and have been hoping fifth was in the works. I am going to miss Bill. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. God Bless, Jerry Langford, DPM

Dr. Jerry H. Langford, Collierville, TN

My Uncle was the one of the most interesting men I’ve ever known. He built his life in the city that he loved, shared his life and love with his friends and family, and never lost faith in himself or God. My family would only visit Savannah occasionally but seeing my Uncle, Little Bill, was always the highlight. He was kind and generous and loved to show off all the wonderful things Savannah had to offer, but none more than his family. It’s an honor to be part of his and legacy.

Timothy HARRIS Gayhardt , Spring Hope, NC

So sorry to hear about Bill. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Sandy Pinckney, Wilmington, N.C.

Prayers for the family. I went to school with Bill at Therrell High School and saw him at a Class Reunion. He was a wonderful person, and I know he will be missed by all.

Gail Eskew Day, Newan, GA

we send our prayers and our deepest sympathy to members of the Harris Family!

John&Nancy Roth, Savannah, ga.

Pam and family, My prayers and thoughts are of you and your family. After my return to Savannah, now 18 years, Bill and I were re-introduced at the YMCA. After my knee replacement he would encourage me to keep biking. We often chatted during that biking time at the Y where we were quick to recapture our childhood memories of living in Kensington Park. May he rest in peace.

Kathleen Kenney Brown, Savannah, Ga

I am saddened for your loss but am grateful to have known Bill. He was an extraordinary man and an inspiration to many. He will be greatly missed.

, Annapolis, Maryland

We are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s death. He was such a nice man and we always enjoyed talking with him. I also have all his books and have enjoyed them. The family is in our prayers Sincerely, Betty Ann & Chris Di Silvestro

Betty Ann & Chris Di Silvestro, Savannah, GA

Pam, we were saddened to hear the news about Bill. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort knowing that he now has a new body in Christ and will suffer no more. Love to all.

Malcolm and Linda McKinley Mosher, Marietta, GA

Pam, Nancy and family- our sincere condolences at this difficult time. Bill was such an accomplished man, despite his physical challenges, and was an inspiration to so many! We will especially remember him this Sunday at the Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony as he truly loved his Irish heritage. His speech at this ceremony years ago was by far the most impressive, educational and heartwarming to date. Many fond memories tie our families together as cousins and friends, especially those of his dear mother, Helen and my mother, Rosemary! He will be missed.

Rosemary and Claiborne Lewis, Savannah, GA

Sincerest condolences and assuring you of my prayers. Father John Kenneally.

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Bill, was a great man. I truly admired him and his wonderful family. I know he is in Heaven and one day I hope to see him again. Bill had a kind heart. He was always giving of himself to help others.

Rev. Dr. J Thomas Maddox, Naples, Fl.

Pam,you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.Bill was a wonderful person and a shining example of overcoming adversity. God Bless you and help you in the long days ahead. Love Carolyn

Carolyn Emerick, Savannah, Ga.

Our prayers and condolences for the Harris family. May he Rest In Peace.

Bryan and Margaret Milne, Guyton, Ga

My heart is sadden that Bill has passed. We went to Blessed Sacrament and Armstrong together and were friends living in Kensington Park. When Bill had his accident, I went to see him every day at Memorial and went to Atlanta to see him. I love his books and have autograph copies with personal notes. Bill was a friend to so many and it will certainly be a great void. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and you are in my prayers.

Connie DuFour Crosby, Greenville, SC

My heart is sadden that Bill has passed. We went to Blessed Sacrament and Armstrong together and were friends living in Kensington Park. When Bill had his accident, I went to see him every day at Memorial and went to Atlanta to see him. I love his books and have autograph copies with personal notes. Bill was a friend to so many and it will certainly be a great void. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and you are in my prayers.

Connie DuFour Crosby, Greenville, SC

Pam, Nancy & family.... So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I am a distant cousin of Bill's but I have a lot of memories of him. Lots of stops by 3 E 50th to schmooze with my parents, Jack and Marie Barrett. He was fond of stopping for coffee and sharing news. I will never forget his incredible courage and perseverance following his accident years ago. He was a kindly guy who always was very nice to me and shared advice. I thought he handled the golf cart with the sandwich sign displaying Delirium of the Brave very well during St. Pat's several years back. May God bless him and your family..... we'll meet again!

Jackson Barrett, Savannah, GA

So very sorry for your loss. He was truly a remarkable man.

Betty Peltiet, Savannah, Ga

Bill was a kind and talented man. I had a friend (from OSU) Ohio who came to visit me. She wanted to know more about how to be successful in journalism. I called Bill. We all met for lunch and he gave her some useful ideas. I'll always be grateful for the time he took from his busy schedule to give her his words of wisdom. I feel so blessed to know him. My prayers are with his family.

Lisa Luckett, Savannah, GA

Dr. William Charles Harris, Jr died at his home Sunday, March 3, 2019.  Bill was born in Savannah on April 7, 1947 to former Chatham County Sheriff William Charles Harris, Sr and his wife, Helen Schwarz Harris.  He attended Blessed Sacrament School and Benedictine, received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, graduated from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now known as Temple School of Podiatric Medicine), and completed a residency program in north Georgia.  Before his retirement, Bill practiced podiatry for many years in Savannah where he was the first podiatrist to be given staff privileges at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

At age 19, Bill was severely injured when he stepped on a downed high tension power line while attempting a rescue as an EMT. As a result of that accident, he lost his right leg and sustained multiple burn injuries.  Many years later, because of complications from the accident, Bill underwent the amputation of his left leg. Despite these tremendous setbacks, with dedication he was able to complete his education and start a medical practice.

Bill was a man of many interests. He loved collecting WWII memorabilia, assembling and painting WWII models and toy soldiers, enjoyed amateur photography, and was an avid reader. However, cruising Savannah’s creeks and rivers in his boat, The Graf Spee, and camping with “the guys” on the uninhabited barrier islands was his favorite pastime. He was an accomplished writer and published author of several Savannah based novels. In addition to his interests, over the years he enjoyed memberships to many organizations, some including Hibernian Society, German Heritage Society, French Club and Savannah Yacht Club.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pamela Pedicini Harris; daughters Dena Harris Muller (James) of Decatur, Georgia; Tara Harris Roth (Michael) of Marietta, Georgia; Helen Harris Hawver (Brian) of Watkinsville, Georgia; seven grandchildren; his sister Nancy Harris Gayhardt (Don) of Annapolis, Maryland; several nieces and nephews; an aunt and uncle, and several cousins.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 6th at Fox and Weeks Chapel on Hodgson Memorial at 5 PM, followed by a Rosary at 7 PM. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 7th at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at 10 AM. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Benedictine and St. Vincent’s Academy.

 

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Candle tribute lit by Roy S. Banks, Jr. — Georgia

Even though we did not see much of each other, Bill and I shared a special interest. Please accept my delayed condolences.

Dr. Sandy S. Termotto, Bluffton , SC

Candle tribute lit by Dr. James and Emmaline Routon — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Nancy Stauffer Cahoon — Connecticut

Nancy, So sorry to hear about your Brother. Sounds like he was a Beautiful Person. Maureen P. HOBBS

Maureen Hobbs , Somerdale, nj,

I regret that I didn't get to see my cousin Bill and Pam and their family more often. I sure enjoyed their company, but I haven't been to Savannah since the late 1980s. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Harris family.

Jack Ogilvie, Pringle, SD

Bill and I have been friends since childhood days of growing up in Kensington Park. Bill is a prime example of courage and “never give up” attitude despite his many life challenges. Pam you deserve a special place in heaven for all the years of loving and caring for Bill. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Dale Karacostas, Savanah , Ga

Dr. Harris (Bill), was a good friend of mine in Medical School. Bill was a year ahead of me and, as both of us were from the South (I was from Georgia), he took it on himself to look out for me. After graduation and residency, Bill practiced in Georgia and I practiced in Tennessee. I only saw him a few times at medical seminars. I ran into one of our former teachers several years ago and he told me about the first novel Bill had written. I purchase the book and was hooked. I have read all four of his novels and have been hoping fifth was in the works. I am going to miss Bill. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. God Bless, Jerry Langford, DPM

Dr. Jerry H. Langford, Collierville, TN

My Uncle was the one of the most interesting men I’ve ever known. He built his life in the city that he loved, shared his life and love with his friends and family, and never lost faith in himself or God. My family would only visit Savannah occasionally but seeing my Uncle, Little Bill, was always the highlight. He was kind and generous and loved to show off all the wonderful things Savannah had to offer, but none more than his family. It’s an honor to be part of his and legacy.

Timothy HARRIS Gayhardt , Spring Hope, NC

Candle tribute lit by Jan Holland Ethridge — Georgia

So sorry to hear about Bill. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Sandy Pinckney, Wilmington, N.C.

Prayers for the family. I went to school with Bill at Therrell High School and saw him at a Class Reunion. He was a wonderful person, and I know he will be missed by all.

Gail Eskew Day, Newan, GA

we send our prayers and our deepest sympathy to members of the Harris Family!

John&Nancy Roth, Savannah, ga.

Pam and family, My prayers and thoughts are of you and your family. After my return to Savannah, now 18 years, Bill and I were re-introduced at the YMCA. After my knee replacement he would encourage me to keep biking. We often chatted during that biking time at the Y where we were quick to recapture our childhood memories of living in Kensington Park. May he rest in peace.

Kathleen Kenney Brown, Savannah, Ga

I am saddened for your loss but am grateful to have known Bill. He was an extraordinary man and an inspiration to many. He will be greatly missed.

, Annapolis, Maryland

We are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s death. He was such a nice man and we always enjoyed talking with him. I also have all his books and have enjoyed them. The family is in our prayers Sincerely, Betty Ann & Chris Di Silvestro

Betty Ann & Chris Di Silvestro, Savannah, GA

Pam, we were saddened to hear the news about Bill. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort knowing that he now has a new body in Christ and will suffer no more. Love to all.

Malcolm and Linda McKinley Mosher, Marietta, GA

Pam, Nancy and family- our sincere condolences at this difficult time. Bill was such an accomplished man, despite his physical challenges, and was an inspiration to so many! We will especially remember him this Sunday at the Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony as he truly loved his Irish heritage. His speech at this ceremony years ago was by far the most impressive, educational and heartwarming to date. Many fond memories tie our families together as cousins and friends, especially those of his dear mother, Helen and my mother, Rosemary! He will be missed.

Rosemary and Claiborne Lewis, Savannah, GA

Sincerest condolences and assuring you of my prayers. Father John Kenneally.

, ,

Bill, was a great man. I truly admired him and his wonderful family. I know he is in Heaven and one day I hope to see him again. Bill had a kind heart. He was always giving of himself to help others.

Rev. Dr. J Thomas Maddox, Naples, Fl.

Pam,you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.Bill was a wonderful person and a shining example of overcoming adversity. God Bless you and help you in the long days ahead. Love Carolyn

Carolyn Emerick, Savannah, Ga.

Our prayers and condolences for the Harris family. May he Rest In Peace.

Bryan and Margaret Milne, Guyton, Ga

My heart is sadden that Bill has passed. We went to Blessed Sacrament and Armstrong together and were friends living in Kensington Park. When Bill had his accident, I went to see him every day at Memorial and went to Atlanta to see him. I love his books and have autograph copies with personal notes. Bill was a friend to so many and it will certainly be a great void. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and you are in my prayers.

Connie DuFour Crosby, Greenville, SC

My heart is sadden that Bill has passed. We went to Blessed Sacrament and Armstrong together and were friends living in Kensington Park. When Bill had his accident, I went to see him every day at Memorial and went to Atlanta to see him. I love his books and have autograph copies with personal notes. Bill was a friend to so many and it will certainly be a great void. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and you are in my prayers.

Connie DuFour Crosby, Greenville, SC

Pam, Nancy & family.... So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I am a distant cousin of Bill's but I have a lot of memories of him. Lots of stops by 3 E 50th to schmooze with my parents, Jack and Marie Barrett. He was fond of stopping for coffee and sharing news. I will never forget his incredible courage and perseverance following his accident years ago. He was a kindly guy who always was very nice to me and shared advice. I thought he handled the golf cart with the sandwich sign displaying Delirium of the Brave very well during St. Pat's several years back. May God bless him and your family..... we'll meet again!

Jackson Barrett, Savannah, GA

So very sorry for your loss. He was truly a remarkable man.

Betty Peltiet, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Mary Ann Gaudry, Savannah — Georgia

Bill was a kind and talented man. I had a friend (from OSU) Ohio who came to visit me. She wanted to know more about how to be successful in journalism. I called Bill. We all met for lunch and he gave her some useful ideas. I'll always be grateful for the time he took from his busy schedule to give her his words of wisdom. I feel so blessed to know him. My prayers are with his family.

Lisa Luckett, Savannah, GA


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