Perry Wayne Harris, a resident of Wetumpka, Alabama, passed away on July 14, 2018 at the age of 77. Mr. Harris was born on August 8, in Rosinton, Alabama to Allie and Daisy Harris.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Virginia Corine Harris. They were married on August 8, 1964 after meeting on the Stapleton Baptist Church steps on July 16, 1961.

He is survived by his children, Tonya Simonton (Jim) of Wetumpka and Shawn Harris (Shannon) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Aaron Simonton, Clay Simonton, Rachel Harris, and Matthew Harris, and his sister, Gwen Vickers.

He was especially proud of his service in the US Navy. He enlisted at the age of 17 and finished his career as a Chief Petty Officer and retired in 1976. He and Virginia returned to south Alabama and later moved to Wetumpka. He worked for multiple companies as a small engine mechanic. He continued to tinker with engines and anything else that needed repairs for the remainder of his life. He was an avid gardener and prided himself of his peppers and tomatoes, which he grew for other people to enjoy. Wayne enjoyed his friends and family and spent many lunch times at the Senior Center in Wetumpka.

In recent years, he had the opportunity to travel a bit more. He toured the National Parks in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona with his son and was able to finally see the Grand Canyon.

He and his daughter were “rambling” partners and enjoyed many days just riding around, talking, shopping, and eating lunch. He liked to joke that you never knew where they would end up.

Wayne’s grandchildren were his heart. He was so proud of each of them and their accomplishments and potential. They have been positively influenced by the character, strength, love, and sense of humor of a wonderful Granddaddy and they will miss him very much. Their memories are priceless.

His son-in-law and daughter-in-law were blessings to him. He loved them and considered them his own. He considered Taylor Young and Karleagh Taylor to already be a part of his family. He cherished his dear friend, Marjorie Mallard. He will be missed by Cat Balou, Jack, and Charlie.

The family will receive friends at his visitation at Gassett Funeral Home, Wednesday, July 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, at 1:30 in the afternoon at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.

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