James P. Harris III passed away peacefully on April 5, 2023, in Houston, Texas. J.P. Was born on March 26, 1932, to James P. Harris, Jr. and Alice Slaughter Harris in Tuleta (Bee County) Texas. The family moved to Beeville in 1936, where he graduated from A.C. Jones High School in 1949, having served as Sr. Class President. He attended Tarleton State Jr. College in Stephenville, Texas for two years. He received a BBA and U.S. Army ROTC Commission from Texas A&M College in 1954.
J.P. entered military service in June 1955 as a second lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland and was then assigned to the Army Missile Command in Huntsville, Alabama as a Procurement and Production Officer. He remained there as a civilian employee until 1962. In March 1962, J.P. joined the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (currently Johnson Space Center) in Houston, Texas, as a Procurement Analyst. He advanced through a number of positions during his career, retiring in January 1994 as Deputy Director of Procurement.
Surviving to cherish his memory is his wife of 26 years, N. Faye Garner Harris; three children; three stepchildren; sixteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held on April 15, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Clear Lake Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Arrangements were entrusted to Crowder Funeral Home of Webster, Texas.
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