ANTHONY EUGENE HARRIS, SR was born on March 18, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. He departed this life after a short illness on November 8, 2020. He was the only son from the union of the late Lucy Neal Harris Ingram and late Edward “Bud” Lewis.
Tony, as he was affectionately known by all, was raised until age 12 by his maternal grandparents. Upon his grandmother’s passing he was then was raised by his uncle and aunt. He would later as a young adult meet and bond affectionately with his father, his stepmother the late Ola Mae Lewis and four siblings.
As a young child, Tony loved to skate and ride bikes with his friends. He and his friends would ride their bikes all the way from East Baltimore to Catonsville. On the weekends he loved to go to the movies with his friends.
Tony was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1958. Tony honorably served 10 years in the U.S. Army National Guard. He attended the Westside Skills Center where he received his HVAC certification and with that completed a 20 year career as a HVAC sergeant in the maintenance department with the Department of Corrections, Pretrial Division. He retired in 2008.
Tony met and married Annie Thornton Harris and from this union three Children were born. He later married the late Ollie Harris and there were no children from that union. The third time was an absolute charm when on February 14, 1997 he married his best friend and the love of his life, Carolyn Scott Harris.
Tony and Carolyn loved to travel! They loved to take cruises around the world. Some of their destinations included Europe, China, South America, Jamaica and Australia, to name a few. They also loved taking road trips and day trips together. Tony loved to drive and he drove Carolyn any and everywhere she needed to go. They were inseparable. And when he hung up his car keys for good, he could depend on his brother-in-law Warren Lee and his handyman Andrew Tillman to drive him and Carlolyn to run errands and to appointments.
Tony was a God-fearing man who loved the lord. He and his wife joined the New Life Evangelical Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland under the leadership of Reverend Milton E. Williams in November 2002.
Tony was also known as Grandfather and Granddaddy by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was know in his younger years to get down on the floor and play with his grandchildren on Christmas Day. He loved playing, laughing, and teasing them. Tony was a bit of a prankster. He also had a distinctive whistle that would summon his children at a park or his grandchildren from a crowded playground. Tony loved watching Westerns especially Hop Along Cassidy. He also loved watching car shows, Sci-Fi and everything Star Wars. Some of his favorite foods were pork chops and chocolate cake.
On Sunday morning, November 8, 2020 about 2:00 AM, Tony and Carolyn unknowingly shared their final moments together as they enjoyed mango-flavored ice cream. A couple of hours later, Carolyn's best friend, her soul mate would be gone. “To be absent of the body is to be present with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8)
Tony was so loved and he will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by a son: Michael A. Harris, Sr., a brother Reginald Lewis, and a brother-in-law James Morant.
He leaves to cherish his memory: His beloved wife Carolyn Scott Harris; one son Anthony E. Harris, Jr; one daughter Janice L. Harris; two sons-in-law James Scott, Jr and Gabriel Scott; One daughter-in-law Mary Scott-Jones; one stepson-in-law Torrance Jones; three sisters Barbara Morant, Audrey Lawson, and Leslie Lewis; one mother-in-law Verdella Lee; three sisters-in-law, Deborah Lewis, Aleta Ellis and Karen Barland; two brothers-in-law Warren Lee, and Michael Barland (Brenda); 15 grandchildren: Nikia Mitchell (Hakeem), Eric Briggs, Courtney Briggs, Ryan Harris (Brittney), Christopher Harris Sr, Nicholas Harris (Christine), Erin Harris, LaQuetta Dedmon (Arnold), Tiffany Harris, Michael Harris Jr, Samantha Harris, Brittany Harris, Isaiah Harris, James Scott III and Jill Jones; 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives, friends, and church family.
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