James Wilford (Dink) Harris
James Wilford (Dink) Harris, age 68, of Tellico Plains, passed away Sunday morning, May 12, 2013. Dink was born October 31, 1944. He was the son of the late Henry and Vena Harris. He was a Baptist minister for 38 years and pastored Clear Springs Baptist Church in Athens, Tenn., for 19 years. He was an employee of Alcoa Aluminum Company for 39 years and a member of the 25 Year Club. He was a member of Unaka Masonic Lodge #651 and also served as the Grand Master there in 2012. He was also an honorary member of Tellico Lodge #80, Meigs Lodge #213 and Etowah Lodge #653. Dink loved his family, especially his grandchildren. His life was spent ministering to the needs of families in his church. His life is a celebration of Christ and his redemptive power. His was a life well lived. Many friends and relatives will miss him. Dink was preceded in death by parents; sister and brothers-in-law, Edna and Ben Gray, and Roy Edgar Croft. Survivors include: wife of 49 years, Carolyn Harris; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Randy Allen of Pulaski, and Angie and Johnny Thomas of Tellico Plains, TN; grandchildren, Shelby Allen and Tannor Thomas; sister, Hannah Croft, Madisonville; brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Penny Harris, Tellico Plains; special friend Ben Rogers, Tellico Plains. Funeral 8 p.m. Tuesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Steve Teague and Bruce Lane officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Wednesday, Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Masonic service 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Family will receive friends 6-7:45 P.M. Tuesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.