Oscar Erby Harris

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Oscar Erby Harris
b: 29 Aug 1921
d: 11 OCT 1981
Biography
Texarkana Gazette, Sunday, June 22, 2008
OSCAR HARRIS

Oscar Erby Harris, 63, of Texarkana, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, in a North Little Rock hospital. Erby was born on Feb. 21, 1945, in Texarkana. A renowned entrepreneur, he had many business adventures in his lifetime. The most well-known of his endeavors was the establishment in 1998 of Pop's Place, a popular Texarkana eatery that continues to draw those who enjoy good food and camaraderie.

After his graduation from Arkansas High School in 1963, Erby joined the Arkansas Army National Guard where he learned to fly helicopters. Over his 26 years of military service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and 53 Air Medal. He flew over 1,000 combat hours and retired from service with the rank of CW4.

Erby found the love of his life and married Mary Tate on Oct. 7, 1964. He and Mary moved to North Little Rock where they raised their two children.

In the mid-1970s, Erby was a Detective with the Miller County Sheriff's Department. He also worked with his father in Harris Equipment Company from the mid-1960s until 1982.

With his innate love of flying and his experience in piloting helicopters, Erby became a helicopter instructor pilot, a job in which he remained from 1985 until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Association, The American Legion and the V.F.W.

After Erby and Mary moved from North Little Rock back to Texarkana, Erby, who loved to cook, wanted a small place where he could entertain their friends and prepare his specialties for them. Cooking for a few friends turned into a full-fledged business and Pop's Place became the place to be. He enlisted the help of Mary, and daughter, Kathy to serve up his culinary offerings. Erby's personality drew many people into the circle of friendship. He was one of those few mortals that are larger that life and he is sorely missed.

Erby is survived by his wife Mary; a son, Army National Guard Sgt. William "Bill" E. Harris, now serving in Iraq, and Bill's wife, Heather of Sherwood; a daughter, Kathy Harris McMillian, and husband, Eric, of Texarkana; beloved grandchildren, Peyton, Cody and Loren, of Sherwood; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Peggy Tate, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one sister, Nedra Turney and husband, Jerry of Texarkana; one uncle, James Harris, of Texarkana; two aunts, Faye Nell McJunkins and Melba McJunkins, both of Texarkana; a number of nieces and nephews; and a veritable host of friends.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 23, at 2 p.m. in East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana with Rev. Wallace Edgar officiating.

Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of Texakana Funeral Home, Arkansas.

Family visitation will be held on Sunday, June 22, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Pop's Place, Hwy. 67, in Texarkana.
Facts
  • 29 Aug 1921 - Birth - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 13 Oct 1981 - Burial - East Memorial Gardens ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 11 OCT 1981 - Death - ; Miller Co., AR
  • 1930 - Residence - ; Garland, Miller, Arkansas
  • 1930 - Residence - ; Garland, Miller, Arkansas
  • 1930 - Residence - ; Garland, Miller, Arkansas
  • 1930 - Residence - ; Garland, Miller, Arkansas
Ancestors
   
James Edmund Harris
Aug 1864 - 30 Jan 1933
 
 
Thomas Owen "Major" Harris
04 Jan 1886 - 10 Mar 1955
  
  
  
Martha Alice Herring
19 Oct 1867 - 3 Mar 1945
 
Oscar Erby Harris
29 Aug 1921 - 11 OCT 1981
  
 
  
William Lenard "Lynn" Davis
20 MAR 1854 - 19 May 1937
 
 
Mollie Agnes Davis
18 Nov 1887 - 04 Nov 1967
  
  
  
Sarah Magdalene "Sallie" Robertson
6 Mar 1857 - 11 Dec 1922
 
Descendancy Chart
Oscar Erby Harris b: 29 Aug 1921 d: 11 OCT 1981
Katherine Dean McJunkins b: 29 Jul 1916 d: 15 Mar 1999
Oscar Erby Harris Jr b: 21 Feb 1945 d: 18 Jun 2008
Kathy Harris b: 10 Aug
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Thomas Owen "Major" Harris
Birth04 Jan 1886Miller Co., Arkansas
Death10 Mar 1955 Mandeville, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage21 Jun 1905to Mollie Agnes Davis at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
FatherJames Edmund Harris
MotherMartha Alice Herring
PARENT (F) Mollie Agnes Davis
Birth18 Nov 1887Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Death04 Nov 1967 Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage21 Jun 1905to Thomas Owen "Major" Harris at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
FatherWilliam Lenard "Lynn" Davis
MotherSarah Magdalene "Sallie" Robertson
CHILDREN
FEdna Lennie Harris
Birth26 Sep 1908Days Creek, Miller Co., Arkansas
Death26 Mar 1994Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage28 Jul 1928to Rufus Earl Higginbotham Sr. at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
FMittie Lou Harris
Birth27 Jan 1916Arkansas
Death15 Mar 2002Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage23 May 1936to Audie Lee Brock at Miller Co., Arkansas
FAlice Magdalene Harris
Birth20 Jun 1911Arkansas
Death9 Jun 1982Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage27 Jan 1967to Howell Vonard Griffin at Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage8 Dec 1928to Loyd Jackson Chapman at Miller Co., Arkansas
FMaudie J. Harris
Birth02 Sep 1918Arkansas
Death26 Dec 2003Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage21 Nov 1940to Robert Allen Cowan Sr. at Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriageto Chapman
MOscar Erby Harris
Birth29 Aug 1921Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Death11 OCT 1981Miller Co., AR
Marriage09 Jan 1939to Katherine Dean McJunkins at Miller Co., Arkansas
MJames Owen Harris
Birth30 Sep 1924Arkansas
Death22 Jan 2009Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage1943to Dorothy Ester Louise Peek at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage15 Apr 1950to Barbara Ann Pittman at Miller Co., Arkansas
MJames D Harris
Birth14 Nov 1913Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Death14 Mar 1992Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage1 Jan 1935to Beatrice Lathrop
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Oscar Erby Harris
Birth29 Aug 1921Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Death11 OCT 1981 Miller Co., AR
Marriage09 Jan 1939to Katherine Dean McJunkins at Miller Co., Arkansas
FatherThomas Owen "Major" Harris
MotherMollie Agnes Davis
PARENT (F) Katherine Dean McJunkins
Birth29 Jul 1916Arkansas
Death15 Mar 1999 Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas
Marriage09 Jan 1939to Oscar Erby Harris at Miller Co., Arkansas
FatherJosiah Richard McJunkins
MotherWinnie Epsey Dove
CHILDREN
Private
Birth
Death
Marriage14 Jun 1959to Private at Miller Co., Arkansas
MOscar Erby Harris Jr
Birth21 Feb 1945Arkansas
Death18 Jun 2008Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriageto Mary Tate
Evidence
[S-2122898470] Social Security Death Index
[S-2123735284] 1930 United States Federal Census
[S-1799845225] Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957

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