James David 'J.D.' Harris

Funeral services for James David "J.D." Harris formerly of this area will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Private interment will lay J.D. to rest next to his wife, Frances at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango.

Visitation has been set for Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ertel Chapel.

J.D. was born July 12, 1923, in Frederick, Okla. the son of William Earl and Orpha Antonia Hazel (Garvin) Harris. He passed away in Louisville, Colo. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the age of 89.

At a young age, J.D. and his family moved to the Dove Creek area. After graduation from high school, J.D. attended Fort Lewis College at Hesperus for a winter before going into the Army. While stationed in Augusta, Ga., J.D. met Frances Lowery; the couple married Feb. 12, 1950, in North Augusta, S.C. After moving several times J.D. and Frances finally were able to settle in Dove Creek in the latter part of 1953. The family grew from two to four with the addition of a daughter, Jerry Olivia and a son, Bradford William.

J.D. was a mail contractor for over 50 years in the Dove Creek area. He also held the contract from Durango to Dove Creek for more than 20 years, retiring at the age of 80. J.D. and Frances moved to Durango in 1976 to be able to better facilitate the Durango/Dove Creek run. When Frances took ill the couple moved to Longmont to be nearer to their daughter and son-in-law.

Surviving J.D. is his only daughter, Jeri Jackson and husband Butch; two grandchildren, Joy and Jamie; five great-grandchildren; his siblings, Hazel, Ruby Jean, Betty Lou, and John; and numerous nieces and nephews.

J.D. was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Frances Harris; his son, Brad Harris; his parents, Earl and Orpha Harris; and by his siblings, Lucille, Bill, and Thurman.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of James David "J.D." Harris with the Alzheimer's Association. Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.