Jerry “Toot” Harris, 60, peacefully departed this life on May 10, 2019.
Born October 25, 1958 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Bertha Mae Harris and Willie Brown. Toot attended Roosevelt High School and due to segregation, he attended Meadowdale High School. Toot had a very diligent work ethic. He was employed at Norgren Inc, commonly known as IMI Americas, for over twenty years.
Toot was known for his provoking laugh, entertaining dance moves, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. Toot had a very straight forward lifestyle. He was adamant about his schedule, but was always late. Toot enjoyed cooking, especially breakfast. Toot always made, what he called “his rounds” with his family. He was very big on family. After completing his daily rounds of watching his favorite shows like Andy Griffith and Law and Order or any movies that came on TBS/TNT/Sci-Fi with his brothers and his “fo-five”, he would say his famous line, “I can’t stay long cool breeze, gotta go home!”
Toot was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Mae Harris and Willie Brown, two sisters, Sandra Casey and Chequita Harris, one brother, Howard Harris. He leaves to cherish his memory; his companion of twenty three years, Carla Moody, an eternal friend and the mother of his daughters, Judy Gipp, daughter, LaTosha Harris, grandchildren, Monye and Miyona Hanson, one great granddaughter Mylo Hanson, daughter, NeKeisha (Jerry) Vaughn, grandchildren, Jaion, Javen (Tank), Jaire Vaughn, daughter, Maliah Harris, the children he loved and raised as his own, daughter Crystal (Marquise) Green, grandchildren, A’Sean and Tyray Harris, Kyra and Marquise (MJ) Green, son, Ray Moody, grandchildren Malaysia, Ray III, and Rayden Moody, son, Ephrom Moody, daughter, Arionne Moody, brothers, Gary (Bo), Derrick (Marsha), and Frederick (Tiffany) Harris, Terry and Larry Tall of Dayton, OH. Best friend John “Roc” Gipp and special friends, The Jackson Family. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other lifelong friends.
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