Marty Arbon Harris Sr., of Springfield, OH passed away on April 27, 2020 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 22, 1931 in Springfield, Ohio the son of Andrew and Jessie L. (Lollis) Harris who have preceded him in death along with his infant brother, Andrew.
Marty met his wife Lita M. (Pritchet) Harris as a child. They married in 1950 and were married for 69 yrs.
Marty and Lita had three children. He is survived by his daughters, Vickie L. (Harris) Murph of Springfield, Ohio (Craig A. Murph passed in 2016) and Gayle Annette Harris Springfield, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his son, Marty A. Harris Jr. who passed in 2014.
He has three grandchildren, Dana D. Murph (Yolonda Neal) of Columbus, Ohio, Larissa O'Neal (Kiyoshi Toler) of Texas and Brenda N. O'Neal Cox (James Cox) of North Carolina; great grandchildren, DeShay D. Murph, Kenya Yvette Murph, Kira E. Cox, Cadance Cox, Cacia Cox, Keagan Cox, Gavin O'Neal, Julia and Wesley Toler; daughter-in-law, Gayle A. (Guenther-O'Neal) Harris of Texas; sisters-in-law, Margaret Marie (Jones) Pritchet of Springfield, OH and Sallie M. Pritchet of Clinton Township, Michigan; nieces and nephews Jerry L. Pritchet of San Bernadino, California, Kathy Pritchet of Springfield, Ohio, Karen Pritchet of Venice, California, Toya (Pritchet) Trollinger, Tonya ( Pritchet) Hall (Jimmy), Traci Pritchet, Brad (Carolyn) Lane, Staci (James) Lane Fields and Keith Lane; cousins Chee Chee Harris Jackson of Springfield, Ohio, Brenda Harris-Ponder of Dayton. Ohio, Clayton Tolliver of Springfield, Ohio, Sandra Thompson and her sister Renee of Cleveland, Ohio, Lori (Lollis) Ward and many more.
He served in the United States Air Force and retired from Navistar International. He was a faithful member of New North Street AME Church for many decades. He served the church well and was honored by the AME Church, Ohio Conference Lay Organization as an 'Unsung Hero' of the AME Church in 2011. He walked the walk and talked the talk. Marty loved God, his family and his neighbors. He took care of the church for many years.
He loved to fish, garden and talk with his friends. He was a big fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, Dayton Dragons plus so many more sports teams. He loved to BBQ and put up the Christmas tree and decorations.
Thanks to Springfield Regional Medical Center, Hospice of Dayton, Allen View Nursing Care Center of Springfield and everyone who took care of him.
Visitation and funeral service will be in accordance to the State of Ohio's regulations in regards to the COVID-19 crisis. Visitation is Thursday, May 7 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon in the Robert C. Henry-Clark Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery.
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