Thomas Frank Harris “Tommy” was born Aug. 5, 1939, in Ardmore, to Bruce and Elizabeth Boadway Harris. After a long and courageous battle, Tommy passed this life on Aug. 11, 2016, at his residence in Ardmore.
A funeral Mass for Tommy will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ardmore with Father Thomas Dowdell officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ardmore.
The family will host a visitation for family and friends from 6 to 8 Sunday evening at Craddock Funeral Home.
Tommy graduated from Ardmore High School in 1957. He was instrumental in the organization of the reunions for his graduating class. After high school, he continued his education at Oklahoma State University, graduating with a degree in Electronics. After college, Tommy settled back in his hometown of Ardmore. His passion for Ardmore was evident by his participation in many civic organizations. He was a member of the Ardmore Rotary Club, where he served as President and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He was a long-standing board member and Chairman of the Ardmore Development Authority and president of the Chamber board, member of the Ardmore Children’s Shelter, and the Sunshine Industry board of directors. He also served the City of Ardmore by serving on the Planning Commission.  He served his community in many philanthropic activities. He was diligently involved with the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and its many community development projects. His deep drive and desire was to better the Ardmore Community.
During his professional life, he was primarily involved in Southern Vending Company, evolving to
President and owner until his retirement in 2000. He challenged each of his employees to be better today than yesterday. He was a whiz with numbers, math and accounting; this kept his employees on their game. Other ventures included Custom Disposal Service, Leisure Time Properties, and Altom, Inc.
His personal activities included ranching, drag racing or racing in general and many years boating on Lake Murray. If it had an engine, he could drive it and the faster the better. Tractors, bulldozers, race cars and boats all suited him. He was a staple on Lake Murray for many years even though he never learned to swim, but he always had his yellow ski belt close by. His pride and joy was his children, Teresa and Matt. Watching them grow up and have children of their own was, he felt, his greatest accomplishment. Attending his “grandkids’’ football games, basketball, baseball games, recitals and graduation were the highlight of his recent years.
On Oct. 18, 2008, he married a true friend, companion and loving wife, Vickie. They shared a joy for drag racing, their church, as well as dinner with family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Sam Waters, Max Waters, Steven Harris, Tom McClure, RC Sandvick and Leonard Shockley. Honorary bearers will be, Lovell McMillan, Wes Stucky, Glenn Gee, Mike Hobson and Bill Stauffer.
He is survived by Vickie, his wife of the home; his daughter, Teresa Waters and her husband, Aldo of Ardmore; son, Stephen Mathew Harris; mother of his children, Guilda Davis of Ardmore; grandchildren, Sam Waters of Ardmore, Max Waters of Denver and Nick Waters of Ardmore, Joe Emerson and Nate Emerson, both of Shelby, Ohio and Natalie Harris of Ardmore; a special nephew, Steven Harris; Betsy Harris Tackett, Steven’s mother; Tommy’s sister-in-law and her husband, Ken of Ardmore; and many other nieces and nephews.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Elizabeth Harris; and his two brothers, David and Jerry Harris.
Tommy requested for any donations to be made to the Ardmore Children’s Shelter, 15 Monroe St. NE, Ardmore.
Online condolences can be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.