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Christopher Columbus Harris Jr.
Christopher Columbus Harris Jr.

Christopher Columbus Harris Jr., 94, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Sunday, April 2, 2017. Christopher was born in Bowling Green, Ky., Dec. 25, 1922, to Christopher Columbus Harris Sr. and Courtney Mae Harris.

He was a Naval Air Corp Veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. During his 33-year career with Texaco, he lived in Rhode Island and New York. He was a member of the Nathaniel Green Masonic Lodge.

Christopher was also a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Williamsburg and an avid walker with the Sentara Walking Club.

Christopher was a loving husband to Muriel (Connie) Harris, his wife of 71 years, father to Lynn Bonneau (Mike) and Lauren McQuain (Kent). He was known as Papa, “The Greatest,” to his five grandchildren, Kerri, Billy, Becky, Caitlin and Carley; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, April 5, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. Christopher will be buried with military honors at Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter, RI, on a date to be decided.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to At Home Care Hospice, 366 McLaws Circle #2, Williamsburg, VA 23185; or St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

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