Bobby Joe Harris

Born: Sun., May 17, 1936
Died: Tue., Mar. 23, 2010

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Bobby Joe Harris, age 73, of Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, died on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Putnam General Hospital. Son of the late Roy Harris and Bettie Warden Harris, B. J. was born on May 17, 1936, in Rural Hall, North Carolina. He grew up in North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University in Durham with a degree in Business Administration. While at Duke, he was an All-American basketball player, captain of the team his senior year and a member of the ROTC. After college he began his long career as an insurance agent and financial planner for Mutual of New York "MONY" now known as AXA Financial, Inc. He lived for fifteen years in Westport, CT while working in Manhattan. Upon retirement in 1995, he moved to Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs, FL and then in 2005 moved to Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee. He enjoyed golfing and was interested in sports throughout his life. He was a member of the Lake Oconee Community Church.

B.J. is survived by his wife, Emily Paschal Harris of Greensboro, GA, whom he married in 1968; a daughter, Dawn Kennedy and husband Jeff of Wake Forest, NC; a son Alan Harris and wife Rina of Charlotte, NC; 5 grandchildren, Jeffrey Kennedy, Courtney Kennedy, Allan Thomas, Casey Harris and Hunter Dotson; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Thomas Dotson; and a brother, Roy Lee Harris.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Pavilion in Reynolds Plantation with Rev. David Key officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society for Small Cell Research, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Rodney Loesch
   Posted Thu March 25, 2010
Mrs. Harris... I am sorry to here about your husbands passing. BJ Robison sent me a note and I was deeply saddened. Please convey my sympathy to all in the family. God Bless, The Connecticut Golf Club J. Rodney Loesch, PGA

Barbara Bolejack Smith
   Posted Fri March 26, 2010
How surprised to see my "cousin from Duke" listed in the paper today. My husband Bud and I extend our condolences. We live in Naples and would love to connect with the family. I am Eliza Westmoreland's oldest grandchild. Blessings on your family at this time. Almon and Barbara Smith Naples. FL

Victor Ugolyn
   Posted Fri March 26, 2010
To the Harris Family - My deepest sympathy. Our love to you all.

Steve & Becky Smith
   Posted Fri March 26, 2010
We are going to miss your smile and friendship. Emily, we are so sorry about BJ but know that he is getting a pick-up basketball game going with his fellow Duke players in heaven. Fondly, Steve and Becky

Mike Cohen
   Posted Sat March 27, 2010
Emily, Like so many people who knew BJ, I was always appreciative of his thoughtfulness and friendship. His passing is sad news for all of us who worked at MONY in its glory days...and got to know BJ in both the home office and field. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Mike Cohen

Donald Herman
   Posted Mon March 29, 2010
Carol and I send our deepest sympathy to you, Emily, and to all of your family. Bobby Joe was a good friend and mentor and we'll always remember the good times that we all shared. Fondly, Donald Herman

Richard Harkins
   Posted Fri July 11, 2014
So sorry to learn of BJ's passing. He was a great friend and business partner. Best to Emily.

Dick Harkins