Breckenridge Texan

Billy Joe Harris

Billy Joe Harris
January 01
12:58 2023

Billy Joe Harris, 81, of Breckenridge, Texas passed away on December 31, 2022, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m., January 4, 2022, at the Melton Kitchens Funeral Home with JB Sparks officiating the service. Private Family interment will follow under the direction of the Melton Kitchens Funeral Home staff.

Billy Joe Harris is survived by his three children, daughter LaWanda Harris and grandchildren Jeanene Poston and partner Justin Carey, Roxanna Perez and husband Arturo, Rocky Fain and wife Ashley, and Craig Dillard and wife Brittany, all of Breckenridge; daughter Tammy Berkley and husband Tommy, and grandchildren Brandon Berkley and wife Courtney, Kelsey Berkley and wife Keri, and Lane Berkley, all of Breckenridge; and, son Stephen Harris and wife Barbara and grandchildren Trey McDonald, and Chazz McDonald, all of Breckenridge. He is also survived by his brother Jimmie Harris of Stillwater, Oklahoma; his sister Annie Mae Noggle and husband Otho of Breckenridge; and, one brother-in-law Ronnie Ethridge, also of Breckenridge. He also leaves behind 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ruby Harris; great-grandson, Tanner Monk; and a sister-in-law, Pat Harris.

Billy was born in Breckenridge, Texas, to parents Roy and Addie Marie Harris. As a young adult, Billy continued to live in the community, where he met and married the love of his life, Ruby Jean Ethridge. Billy later joined the Air Force and as a couple their journey began. He traveled around the world more than once. Billy was a decorated Vietnam Vet and had many years of service in the United States Air Force. He was very proud to have served his country.

When Billy retired from the Air Force, he moved his family back to Breckenridge and started another career in the Gas Processing business.

Billy loved his wife, Ruby, and his family. He always said his best friend was his father, Roy Harris. Billy loved fishing, especially spoonbill fishing, and hunting. Billy was a very giving man. He always made sure no one needed anything. Billy’s loving heart will always be remembered.

Memorials can be made for Billy in his name to the Veterans Administration and may be left at the Melton Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences may be made at

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