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Thomas “TC” Harris

Thomas “TC” Harris
May 28
17:08 2020

Thomas “TC” Harris, 93, of Breckenridge passed away on May 27, 2020, in Abilene. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. in the chapel at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home, with a private burial to follow at Clear Fork Cemetery. Wendy Davidson and Matt Bomhoff will officiate the service.

Thomas Cisero Harris was born on March 24, 1927. in Breckenridge to parents TC and Gladys Harris. TC loved the land and his agriculturalist way of life. There were only two times in his 93 years that he was not fully engaged at what the family referred to as the “River.” The first was when he joined the Navy on March 13, 1945. His discharged papers say he spent one year, two months, and twenty-four days in the Navy. The second was during the drought of the 1950s. He had a wife and two boys to provide for, so he went to work for R.E. Dye Mfg. He was always good with his hands and equipment. It is the family’s understanding that he excelled at machinist work. As soon as the drought was over, somewhere around 1960, he left R.E. Dye Mfg. and went back to the “River.” He had really never left, as he had maintained his ranching operation, even while working full time at R.E. Dye Mfg.

TC loved his family and his God. He believed in working for a living. TC was seldom idle, even when he was legally blind. The family was always concerned about what they might find him doing. It was not uncommon to find him repairing a small gasoline engine or for him to be on the roof of the house or even in the barn repairing something. TC was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Woodson. TC was always involved with his church that he dearly loved.

TC is preceded in death by his parents, TC Harris Sr. and Gladys; wife, Rosalie Gilland Harris; sister, Maxine Nunley; and great-granddaughter Libby Kate Johnston.

He is survived by sons, Mitchell Harris and wife Pat of Eastland, and Scott Harris and wife Linda of Breckenridge; granddaughters, Heather Smith and husband Clay of Stephenville, Lauren Harris of Corpus Christi, Kristen Birdwell and husband James of Abilene, and Lindsay Johnston and husband Blake of McKinney; grandson, David Harris of Fredericksburg; great-granddaughters, Abigail, Alyssa, and Adalynn Smith of Stephenville, London Lemons of McKinney, and Mila-Katherine Johnston of McKinney; along with many friends local and abroad.

Memorials can be made in memory of TC to the First Christian Church of Woodson and can be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences can be made at meltonkitchens.com.

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