Joe Robert Harris “Joe Bob,” 78, went home to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

A native of Haywood County, Joe Bob lived in the Beaverdam Community of Canton. He was known by many as a happy person who loved to joke around with anyone he came in contact with…. even when he felt his worst.

He loved being outside working in the yard, riding on the tractor, fooling with his donkey and just getting out and riding the roads.

One of his favorite things to say when asked what he was doing was “Ridin’ around with the top down.” Anyone who knew him well knew how much he hated chewing gum and popping bubbles. He had no problem sticking his hand out and asking for your gum or just taking it right out of your mouth!

Joe Bob also enjoyed farming — growing a garden each year and raising tobacco for as long as his health allowed. Above all, Joe Bob loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandsons and was very proud of them all. The family is so very broken-hearted over their loss and he will be terribly missed but they take comfort in knowing he is in the presence of the Lord.

Upon graduating from Pisgah High School, Joe Bob served four years in the U.S. Air Force before going to work at Champion Paper where he worked for 38 years, retiring in 2004.

Unfortunately for Joe Bob, he suffered a major stroke just one month later, but he never let that slow him down. He was determined to enjoy his retirement and continue doing all he loved to do, including going to Pisgah football games on Friday nights. When he was unable to go, he would always be found listening to the game on his radio.

Joe Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Harris and Mable Cogburn Harris; three brothers, William (Buddy), Charles Reeves, and Terry Eugene; and his granddaughter, Samantha Lynn White Harris. He is survived by his sister, Betty Harris Rogers; his children, grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

At the request of Joe Bob, formal services will not be held. Anyone who wishes to honor his memory are welcome to make contributions to the Samantha Harris Memorial Fund in care of Champion Credit Union (to benefit his two great-grandsons) or to the Haywood County Rescue Squad.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Harris family, and words of comfort may be shared at

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