Darrell O. Harris, Sr. , 82 years of age, and a resident of Wakeman, Ohio, was welcomed home for Christmas by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday morning, Dec. 24, 2012, from the New Life Hospice Center in Lorain following a brief illness.
Darrell was born Nov. 28, 1930 in Henderson, KY. He was raised and lived in KY coming to Elyria, Ohio in 1966. Wakeman has been his home since 1972.
Darrell worked as a computer technician for TRW Singer Division for twenty six years retiring in 1990. As a young man he worked as a Theater Technician operating the giant movie projectors in theaters in KY as well as theaters in Lorain. Darrell was a member of Camden Baptist Church in Camden Twp, Ohio.
He was an accomplished dulcimer musician and enjoyed playing in the "Old Time" musical circles. He considered himself a photography hobbyist. His greatest joy was spending time with his family particularly traveling with his wife throughout the United States.
Survivors include wife of forty four years Lillian Josephine (nee Adcock); sons, Darrell O. Harris, Jr. and wife Sandy of Jeffersonville, IN., David West of Wakeman; daughter Patricia Dohn and husband Glenn of Shepardsville, KY.; three granddaughters, one great grandson; and sister Ruby D. Gish of Henderson, KY.
He was preceded in death by his brother John in 2008 and by his parents, Andrew Jackson and Ruby D. (nee Phillips) Harris.
Friends may call Thursday Dec. 27, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held on Friday 1 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Lawrence Nocella Rev. William Kopas, pastors of Camden Baptist Church, Camden Twp. Ohio will officiate. Burial will follow at Florence Twp. Cemetery, Birmingham, Ohio.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Camden Baptist Church c/o Renovation Fund 17901 State Route 511 Wellington, OH 44090.