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HARRIS Eugene "Gene" Clay

HARRIS Eugene "Gene" Clay

Male 1947 -

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  • Nickname  Gene 
    Residence  Jun 1794  Smyrna, Kent, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Rt. 1 Box 244-E 
    • Purchased home with Leslie
    Born  22 Oct 1947  Richmond, VA (Johnston-Willis Hosp) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Organizations  Abt 1955  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Royal Ambassadors 
    • Tabernacle Baptist Church
    Christened  21 Apr 1957  Richmond, VA (Tabernacle Bapt Church) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Address  Address:
    Eugene "Gene" Clay HARRIS 
    Baptism  21 Apr 1957  Richmond, VA (Tabernacle Bapt Church) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Organizations  1960-1965  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Demolay 
    • Master Councilor, John Moncure Chapter
    Residence  1955-1966  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    312 N. Meadow st. 
    Graduation  Jun 1966  Richmond, VA (Thomas Jefferson High School) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    High School 
    Address:
    4100 W Grace St
    Richmond, VA 
    • He also attended classes at the Univ of Richmond, City College until he left for the military.
      Confirmed by DD-214
    Milit-Beg  5 Dec 1966  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Joined the Air Force from Richmond 
    Milit-Beg  1 Mar 1967  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Active Duty to basic 
    Military Service  1968  Howard AFB, Panama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Howard AFB, Panama 
    • And other locations
    Illness  1969  Ft. Campbell, Ky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    shot in the face while stationed at Ft. Cambell, Ky by a 20mm flare gun 
    Military  1967-1969  Smyrna, Rutherford, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sewart AFB, TN 
    Military  Dec 1966-1972  Numerous Places Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    US Air Force 
    • USAF Combat Control Team (CCT), Air Force Special Tactics
    Residence  Jun 1974  Camden, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    217 Camden Av 
    Occupation  1979  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Emergency Dispatcher and Systems Developer - City of Richmond 
    Illness  19 May 1997  9521 Shiloh Dr, Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Heart Attack from plaque buildup in the right coronary artery 
    • Has a stint implant
    Illness  1999  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    ruptured disk at L3-L4 and had 2 surgeries and the 2nd was in 2000 (also ruptured disk at C5-6) 
    Retired  1 Apr 2004  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    City of Richmond, DIT 
    Address:
    900 E. Broad St
    Richmond, VA 23219 
    Nickname  1950-2006  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gene/Geno 
    • Gene has gone by Gene since he was a child
    Occupation  May 2004-2007  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Virginia Commonwealth Universdity Police as the Technology Co-ordinator for the police 
    Occupation  2007-2008  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Motorola - Commtronics of Va 
    • Wireless Data Specialist dealing with wireless high speed WLANS, SatCom (F4W) and Mobile Digital Computers, Mobile Digital Video in police and fire vehicles and other applications.
    Medical  Mar 2011  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cancer of the Right Vocal Cord 
    Age  26 May 2016 
    Medical  Richmond, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Severe back problems from too many parachute jumps 
    • 540 jumps

      4 surgeries, Last at St. Francis in 2013
    Military Service  Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville, AK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name  Gene 
    Reference Number  H8 
    Residence  9521 Shiloh Dr, Richmond, Va Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  3101 Dupont Av, Richmond, Va Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1980's and early 90's 
    Notes 
    • Served in the US Air Force from 12/66 to 9/72 with the Combat Control Team with duty in Central & South America. Stationed at Sewart AFB, TN, Little Rock AFB, AK and last duty station at Dover AFB, DE. He made over 500+ parachute drops in the military, as Combat Control was part of Air Force Special Tactics. He was also a scuba diver and loved diving. He continued to dive after the military, mostly in the Chesapeake Bay. Married Leslie Clayton Ernst at Dover and was divorced a few years later. Active in search and rescue work in the 1970's, 80's and 90's with the CAP and other SAR organizations. He was involved with the successful recovery, working with the air scent dog team, of Joann Chynnis that was abducted and left for dead. Volunteer Rescue Squad Member at Manchester Rescue Squad and Bensley Bermuda as an EMT, EMT-D and EMT-Wilderness. Member Fraternal Order of Demolay and served as Master Councilor with the John Moncure Chapter in Richmond while in high school (Thomas Jefferson H.S.). Served as CSM (E9) in the Virginia State Guard under Gen. Jon Hill and as a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol (United States Air Force Auxiliary) as Communications Officer both at the Squadron Level and Group and Wing levels. He was also Squadron Commander of the Southside Squadron. He is curently serving as the family historian and genealogist. Employed first by the City of Richmond as a Police-Fire-EMS dispatcher for 18 years, then as a computer Systems Developer in the city IT department, specializing in Police and Fire mobile data systems. Retired from Richmond City in Apr 2004 and went to work for VCU Police as Special Projects Coordinator. Gene is an avid fisherman and loves the water and hunting. Gene has worked with computers since the 1970's.

      Employment History: Lin's Radio and TV (started at age 14), Lin Howard Photography Studio (started at 15), Miller and Rhoades Dept Store, Adams Camera Shop (started at 17 and continues to help out occasionally), USAF-CCT, Dennis Detective Agency (Delaware and Eastern Shore manager), General Electric Credit Corp (Richmond, VA), Radio Shack (Chesterfield Towne Center and Ashland), Owner of Harris Communications in Doswell, City of Richmond and VCU Police. Took in his cousin Mark, when his father (Tom West -cousin) died. Adopted Teresa Sorrells. Helped to raise several other kids.

      Retired from city of Richmond after 25 years.

      Note:
      He and his father (Claiborne) and his grandfather (James E.) all three worked for the City of Richmond. (Discovered on 12-18-2009 ... Gene)

      Medical Hx:

      Heart Attack - Stint implant
      Ruptured Disk - L3-L4 and C5-C6 (3 surgeries)
      Cancer of the right vocal cord.

      Military Service
      USAF - CCT (1966 -1972 Ssgt), USAF - CAP (1976 - 1994 Capt), VA State Def Force (1993-1996 CSM)*

      * Retired when Gen. Jon Hill died
      ...........
    Person ID  I1  Booth Family
    Last Modified  26 May 2017 

    Father  HARRIS Claiborne Ernest,   b. 2 Apr 1907, Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1968, Richmond, VA (McGuire VA Hosp) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  HORNE Evelyn Mae,   b. 21 Jul 1913, 237 S. Beaver Dam Rd, Waverly, Sussex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1994, Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Feb 1942  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Honeymoon  9 Feb 1942  Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Niagra Falls 
    Divorced  1948  Richmond, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 
    Divorced  12 May 1952 
    Family ID  F351  Group Sheet

    Family 1  ADOPTION For 
    Married  1990 
    Type: Added for Adopion 
    Children 
     1. HARRIS [--?--],   b. Abt 1971
     2. SORRELLS Teresa Gale,   b. 3 Aug 1973, Richmond, VA (MCV Hosp) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  26 Jun 2015 
    Family ID  F432  Group Sheet

    Family 2  ERNST Leslie Clacie,   b. 16 Mar 1955, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 2005, Newport, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Sep 1972  Dover, DE (Dover AFB Chapel) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • maid of honor: Missy Jack
    Divorced  1975 
    Divorced  1975  Dover, Kent, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Divorced 
    Last Modified  17 Jun 2015 
    Family ID  F428  Group Sheet

    Family 3  QUINN September Dawn,   b. 22 Nov 1962, Chula Vista, San Diego, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  not married  Richmond, VA (Area) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Unmarried 
    Children 
     1. QUINN Marjorie Sunshine,   b. 20 Sep 1981, Whittier, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Aug 2015 
    Family ID  F431  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Rt. 1 Box 244-E - Jun 1794 - Smyrna, Kent, Delaware, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Oct 1947 - Richmond, VA (Johnston-Willis Hosp) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrganizations - Royal Ambassadors - Abt 1955 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 21 Apr 1957 - Richmond, VA (Tabernacle Bapt Church) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 21 Apr 1957 - Richmond, VA (Tabernacle Bapt Church) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrganizations - Demolay - 1960-1965 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 312 N. Meadow st. - 1955-1966 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - High School - Jun 1966 - Richmond, VA (Thomas Jefferson High School) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilit-Beg - Joined the Air Force from Richmond - 5 Dec 1966 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilit-Beg - Active Duty to basic - 1 Mar 1967 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Howard AFB, Panama - 1968 - Howard AFB, Panama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsIllness - shot in the face while stationed at Ft. Cambell, Ky by a 20mm flare gun - 1969 - Ft. Campbell, Ky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Sep 1972 - Dover, DE (Dover AFB Chapel) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - US Air Force - Dec 1966-1972 - Numerous Places Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - Divorced - 1975 - Dover, Kent, Delaware, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Emergency Dispatcher and Systems Developer - City of Richmond - 1979 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsIllness - ruptured disk at L3-L4 and had 2 surgeries and the 2nd was in 2000 (also ruptured disk at C5-6) - 1999 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - City of Richmond, DIT - 1 Apr 2004 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNickname - Gene/Geno - 1950-2006 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Virginia Commonwealth Universdity Police as the Technology Co-ordinator for the police - May 2004-2007 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Motorola - Commtronics of Va - 2007-2008 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMedical - Cancer of the Right Vocal Cord - Mar 2011 - Richmond, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - - Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville, AK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 9521 Shiloh Dr, Richmond, Va Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1980's and early 90's - - 3101 Dupont Av, Richmond, Va Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Type: Unmarried - not married - Richmond, VA (Area) Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

    » Slide Show
    Harris: Gene catching the submarine
    Harris: Gene catching the submarine
    Yup for real, Gene actually caught a British submarine off Willoby Bay while fishing. No he didn't cut it loose, he let it tow him until it surfaced
    Harris: Gene Harris -
    Harris: Gene Harris -
    Dover AFB, De USAF Combat Control Team
    Horne: Martha and the cousins
    Horne: Martha and the cousins
    L-R: Faye Howard, HC Horne Jr., Tommy West, Gene Harris, and Martha; taken at Herbert and Mary Horne's home in Richmond on Addison St.
    Harris: Gene, Teresa and Noah
    Harris: Gene, Teresa and Noah
    3 generations
    Horne: The Cousins
    Horne: The Cousins
    Taken at Fayes Wedding in 2002 (?)
    Harris: Gene Harris Military
    Harris: Gene Harris Military
    Operating a drop Zone
    Harris: Gene Harris
    Harris: Gene Harris
    Halo jump from a C-130
    Harris: Gene and the gang
    Harris: Gene and the gang
    Taken at a family Christmas gathering; Brenda Crabtree West, Mark Thomas West(cousin that Gene helped raise after his father died (closest to being my own son)), Gene Harris, Marjorie Sunni(daughter)
    Harris: Gene - Parachute Jump
    Harris: Gene - Parachute Jump
    Demo at Sewart AFB, Tn
    Horne: Evelyn Horne Harris
    Horne: Evelyn Horne Harris
    and her son Eugene "Gene" Harris at a family dinner on Addison Street in Richmond, Va (Note: William Fox Elementary School playground is now where the house used to be). Grandaddy Horne is in the far right corner by the window.
    Fox: Jorja Noelle Fox
    Fox: Jorja Noelle Fox
    Jorja (just after birth) with Granpaw Gene
    Fox: Jorja Noelle
    Fox: Jorja Noelle
    Taken with Paw Paw (Gene Harris)

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Evelyn Mae Horne Harris and family Bible.

    2. [S45] Eugene C. Harris.

    3. [S37] Gene C. Harris.


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