Harris Jr., William Gideon

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William (Bud) Gideon Harris, Jr., 73, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, September 2, 2007 at Montgomery Regional Hospital.

He was born in Stanford, Conn. on January 11, 1934 to the late William Gideon, Sr. and Charlotte Matthews Harris. He was also preceded in death by a son, David Harris. Bud retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major with 23 years of service. He also retired from V.P.I. & S.U. in the Sponsored Programs Department with 18 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Slusser Harris, Blacksburg; his daughter, Charlotte S. Harris, Mechanicsville, Md.; three sons and daughters-in-law, William G. “Bill”, III and Bonnie Harris, Riner, Thomas E. “Ted” and Janet Harris, Eggleston, Joe F. and Amy Harris, Blacksburg; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Cornelia and Barnes Copenhaver, Blacksburg, Charlotte and Trigger Copenhaver, Delaware, Betsy and Robert Rowland, Phoenix, Ariz.,, Vernon Greever, Delaware; and a bunch of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 1 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmie Lee Price and Deacon Bill Brown officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Blacksburg Rescue Squad, 200 Progress Street, NE, Blacksburg, Va., 24060, Riner Fire Department, P.O. Box 11, Riner, Va., 24149, American Diabetes Association Memorials, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720, or to the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, RINER STATION, P.O. Box 176, Christiansburg, Va., 24073.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg.