Jerry Honeycutt Harris passed away peacefully in Lake Charles on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at age 87. Born in Shreveport, Jerry attended Northeast Louisiana State University (1941-43) where she was instrumental in establishing the Indianettes Drill Team. She received her degree in Speech and Drama from San Jose State College in California. She met William Henry Harris, her loving husband of 67 years, while he was stationed at Selman Field in Monroe. As a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, business professional, and friend, Jerry was tirelessly devoted and an inspiration to all who knew her. When she and Lt. Col. Harris retired from military life after 25 years of service, Jerry's personal career path subsequently led her to the Girl Scouts of the USA and her acclaimed service as executive director of Girl Scout councils in Norfolk, Va., Monroe, and Baton Rouge, eventually retiring after 36 years of service. Jerry was a member of Colonial Dames and Magna Charta Dames. A natural leader, she was always actively involved in the United Methodist Church wherever she was living. Her volunteer spirit never waned, even after she and Bill retired to the Pinecrest Retirement Community in Lufkin, Texas, and then later to The Gardens in Lake Charles. Jerry is survived by her husband, William H. "Bill" Harris, of Lake Charles; a sister, Lou Thomas, of Fayetteville, Ark.; four children and their spouses, Adel and Jeff Murphy, of Lake Charles, Cindy and Steve Reddy, of Galveston, Texas, Karen and Dennis Wall, of Marietta, Ga., and Carleton and Lynda Harris, of Blairsville, Ga.; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, William Centenary Honeycutt and Lillie Belle Carpenter Honeycutt; a sister, Janice Honeycutt Payne; and a grandson, Bryan Alexander Reddy. Jerry's life will be celebrated at funeral services held in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, on Sunday, March 27, at 1 p.m. under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Charles. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made "in memory of Jerry H. Harris" to the Louisiana Methodist Conference Bishop's Scholarship Fund., c/o St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church, 1500 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605. The family wishes to thank the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital staff for their unrelenting compassion and impeccable care, with special appreciation for the professionalism of the attending doctors. We also wish to thank St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church for their caring support through this trying time. Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Mar. 26, 2011