James Philip Harris

07/23/1940 — 05/04/2002

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Olean, New York

James Philip Harris

James Jimmy Bubba Philip Harris, 61, of Benton City W A moved on to his Cougar Stadium in the sky on May 4th, 2002 at Kadlec Medical Center. He was born in Olean NY on July 23, 1940. Jim has achieved several accomplishments in his life. Preceded by his father Spencer Harris of the Brooklyn Dodgers LA Dodgers, which lead him to his first job as a bat boy. Then moving on to be a tackle for the WSU Cougar football team. Jim owned several pizza parlor's in California. He came to Benton City in 1978 and in 1980 he started his real career of taking old stations and making them into several convenience stores Little Food Stores. His final dream is the Desert Food Mart and Cougar Cafe in Benton City. Jim became an official Cougar designer of T -Shirts. Jim' s hobbies were to be with his family, create new things, rebuild old cars and give them a new life, and a new found love for palm trees. He was actively involved with making Benton City a great place to live. He was involved in several community events, the Benton City Lion' s Club , The Cougar Club, The BC Chamber of Commerce, the Hanford Fire Fund Raiser. Jim had the ability of making things happen with a big splash. He brought the Carnival to town. started the 4th of July Family fun day ending the evening with a big burst of color with fireworks. One of his creations was ''Boss Hogg's Bar-b-que''

Jim Harris is survived by his wife Nadene Harris of 21 years. sisters: Rosemary Mallinson, Nancy Brashier and husband T, Susie Wilcox and husband Greg, Brother's: Larry Harris and wife Anna, and Spencer ''John'' Harris. Children: Rose Forsness, Rodney Forsness and wife Denise, Vickie Smith and husband Don, Janet Chunn and husband Malcolm, Chris Longanecker and wife Katherine, Sherri Daley and husband Paul. Julie and husband Duane, James Little Jimmy Harris, Shari and husband Jeff, Kim Kmsek and husband Mike, and Bradley. Grandchildren: Tony, Lynn, Mark, and Elisa Honcoop. Delamie, Jacob, and Karlee Forsness. Justin Danner. Chris, and Katlain Smith. Matt Vickerman. Calvin and Alec Chunn. Cody, Blaine, and Christopher Longanecker. David, Nicholas, Heather, Crystal, Zachary, and Samantha Daley .Nieces: Jennifer Mackie, Jennifer Smith, Sharon Wayne, Carol Henderson, Janie Smith, Kathy Hill, Lori Hill, and Linda Sue. Nephews: Mike Harris, Dick Brashier, Tom Brashier, Sean Harris, Steve Smith, Jonathan Smith, Lyndon Smith, and Charles Wilcox, Numerous extended relatives and friends. Also many employees who became his children.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Spencer and Katherine Harris, Grandson Jason Danner, and two twin grandsons.

A memorial for Jim Jimmy Harris will be held at the Benton City Field of Dream's Lions Club on Tuesday May 7 at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Informal attire, preferably a Cougar T -Shirt.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Benton City Lions Club, Box 725, Benton City, Wa 99320. or to the Washington State University Athletic Department, Attn. Mike Price Pullman WA 99164

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  • I have worked for Jim for about 4 years, and let me tell you it was never boring with him. Jim was a great man, and a great boss. He could make me mad faster than anybody I know. In his obituary it was stated that he considered his employees his children. Well Jim was a father figure to us in more ways than one. I felt like one of his kids. When he was getting on to us for something ,you kind of felt like a child being scolded, but when he praised you,it was like pleasing your dad. Jim will be greatly missed by me, I learned alot from him. In the kitchen, cooking. In the restaurant business and in life. Jim was not a very easy person to get to know, but when you did see who he was inside, you were a better person just knowing him. I love you Jim and I’ll never be able to make another tuna salad sandwich again without thinking of you.

    Shiela Barnes
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • They say some of the most difficult people you deal with in life, you learn the most from. What I have learned from Jim is a wonderful love of life. He was a free spirit. Always up for anything. He had fun with life and lived it to the fullest. His memorial service and funeral services are very fitting to me. He is not dressed up in a suit, or taking on a false persona. Rather he is just being the Jim Harris he always was. For the viewing of the body Jim was dressed in a WSU Cougar shirt. For his memorial it is suggested that people attend in Cougar attire. I think this is a very classy way to leave this earth. Jim is leaving on his terms and that is the way he pretty much lived his life. I think their is some class in that!

    Malcom Chunn
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I would be here all night if I said everything I would like to say about Jim Harris. The one thing I would want to ask him most is. Who am I going to apologize to for the way I was as a child. Where am I going to get great parental advise from. I will miss him greatly. I seldom told him I loved him. I hope he knew it in his heart.

    Sherri Daley
    November 4, 2014
    Everett, WA, US
  • i remember my grandpa as a bright person though at some times he could be very mean and inconsiderate it was just his was i pray for him hopefully he is living his dreams up there. Thank you for all the times grandpa

    -matt vickerman loving grandson

    matt vickerman
    November 4, 2014
    richland, WA, US
  • When I worked for Jim my family need a place to stay and Jim and Nadine opened up their hearts and home to my family till we found a new place. Altough like others Jim seemed so hard on the outside he had a heart like a marshmellow and his super tacos were great too. Jim you will be missed. Nadine my toughts and prayers are with you. Go Cougs!!!!

    Robin Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    ID, US
  • I have worked for Jim for about 4 years, and let me tell you it was never boring with him. Jim was a great man, and a great boss. He could make me mad faster than anybody I know. In his obituary it was stated that he considered his employees his children. Well Jim was a father figure to us in more ways than one. I felt like one of his kids. When he was getting on to us for something ,you kind of felt like a child being scolded, but when he praised you,it was like pleasing your dad. Jim will be greatly missed by me, I learned alot from him. In the kitchen, cooking. In the restaurant business and in life. Jim was not a very easy person to get to know, but when you did see who he was inside, you were a better person just knowing him. I love you Jim and I’ll never be able to make another tuna salad sandwich again without thinking of you.

    Shiela Barnes
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • They say some of the most difficult people you deal with in life, you learn the most from. What I have learned from Jim is a wonderful love of life. He was a free spirit. Always up for anything. He had fun with life and lived it to the fullest. His memorial service and funeral services are very fitting to me. He is not dressed up in a suit, or taking on a false persona. Rather he is just being the Jim Harris he always was. For the viewing of the body Jim was dressed in a WSU Cougar shirt. For his memorial it is suggested that people attend in Cougar attire. I think this is a very classy way to leave this earth. Jim is leaving on his terms and that is the way he pretty much lived his life. I think their is some class in that!

    Malcom Chunn
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I would be here all night if I said everything I would like to say about Jim Harris. The one thing I would want to ask him most is. Who am I going to apologize to for the way I was as a child. Where am I going to get great parental advise from. I will miss him greatly. I seldom told him I loved him. I hope he knew it in his heart.

    Sherri Daley
    November 4, 2014
    Everett, WA, US
  • i remember my grandpa as a bright person though at some times he could be very mean and inconsiderate it was just his was i pray for him hopefully he is living his dreams up there. Thank you for all the times grandpa

    -matt vickerman loving grandson

    matt vickerman
    November 4, 2014
    richland, WA, US
  • When I worked for Jim my family need a place to stay and Jim and Nadine opened up their hearts and home to my family till we found a new place. Altough like others Jim seemed so hard on the outside he had a heart like a marshmellow and his super tacos were great too. Jim you will be missed. Nadine my toughts and prayers are with you. Go Cougs!!!!

    Robin Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    ID, US