His professional journey was as impressive as his personal one. John served the City of Dothan for 27 years, initially as a draftsman and later making significant contributions to the IT Department. A testament to his intelligence and dedication, John played a crucial role in developing the GPS system for Dothan's 911 service. John was also an inspiration to others as he served on several boards including, Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center and the State of Alabama Independent Living Council. He retired in 2005, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and commitment.
John is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Valerie White Harris, and his stepdaughters, Darcy (Todd) Mainwaring, Cassie (Jeremy) Kobus, and Andrea Bullard. He was a cherished grandfather to Emery and Calvin Mainwaring, and Wylie Kobus. John also leaves behind his brothers, Marshall (Tracy) Harris and Michael "Mickey" Harris, along with a nephew, three nieces, and many friends and family members from the Panama Canal Zone.
Described as kind, intelligent, and courageous, John was more than just Valerie's rock; he was a pillar of strength for all who knew him. His calm demeanor and unwavering loyalty were a source of comfort and stability to those around him.
John's life story is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and unwavering optimism in the face of adversity. His journey serves as an inspiring reminder that physical limitations do not define us, but how we navigate life's challenges does. John Russell Harris will be deeply missed, but his enduring spirit, his kindness, and his legacy of courage will continue to inspire. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.