James “Jim” Williams Harris II

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

James “Jim” Williams Harris II was born May 11, 1961 in Kennett, Mo., to Markus Harris and Wanda Trowbridge Harris. He passed away Oct. 7, 2020, in Blytheville at the age of 59.

Jim was a member of the South Pemiscot Class of 1979, graduated from Arkansas State University in 1982, received his Master’s Degree in 1994, and graduated from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., in 1997. Before he became the owner of the Delta Club in Osceola in the early 1980s, he had been an Eagle Scout and a driver of the cookie truck. He partnered with his brother John in 1994 to form TCB Trucking Co. at the state line. TCB is shorthand for “Two Crazy Brothers”.

Jim owned the Harris Law Firm in Blytheville, which opened in 2000. He was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Association of Trial Lawyers, National Lawyer Association and the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation. He had been recognized by The Top Attorneys in North America, as well as named to Top Ten Best Law Firms for Worker’s Compensation, and Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers.

He was united in marriage to Emily Crotts Harris on March 15, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, Markus Harris, and his sister, Kimberly Harris Myrick.

He is survived by his wife, Emily Harris of Blytheville; his mother, Wanda Harris of Holland, Mo., his children, Kelsey Harris of Armorel, Alexis Harris of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Keegan Riddick of Blytheville, Beckham Gentry of Blytheville, Harlow Gem Harris of Blytheville, Evie James Harris of Blytheville and James Williams Harris III of Blytheville; two brothers, Randall Harris of Texarkana, Texas, and John Harris of Holland, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Oct. 10, at Holland Baptist Church in Holland, Mo., with Rev. John Earl Dunavant officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Mo. Pallbearers were Mark Harris, Brad Coalter, Randy Webb, Devone Samford, Wendell Hoskins, Mark Hoskins, Myron Diamond and Tyler Spillman. Honorary pallbearers were Robb Rounsavall, Steve Bright, Joe Jacobs and Dale Cook.

Powell Funeral Home was in charge of services.