Deaton Thomas Harris

Deaton Thomas Harris, born on July 7, 1927, in Poplar Creek, MS, grew up in Kilmichael, MS, passed peacefully on May 3, 2020, at his home at the age of 92. He was the only son of Dalton Thomas Harris and Cory Deaton Harris, and the beloved husband of the late, Frances McGarrh Harris.

He is survived by his wife, Kathie Kern; sons, David Allen Harris and Michael Thomas Harris; daughter, Patrice Marie Harris Sullivan; step-daughter Julie Kern; grandchildren, Christian Harris, Devon Harris, Deaton Harris, Kyle Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, Cross Harris and Liam Beauvais; and four great grandchildren.

Deaton served honorably in the Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine, and the Army before attending Mississippi State where he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer, and thereafter spent six years in the Air Force Reserve. Deaton spent most of his professional life employed with Freeport Sulphur Company in Port Sulphur, Louisiana, and locally with Freeport McMoran involved in special projects. A private burial service will be held at Lake Lawn Park.

A memorial will be held on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.

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