HARRIS, Ronald C.
Ronald C. Harris, 68, born March 28, 1944, died on March 15, 2013, from complications of pneumonia after a long battle with polymyositis. Ron grew up in Greensboro, NC, graduated from Greensboro High School, and attended Guilford College. Ron thrived in a dynamic career with Mattel Toys working in Chicago, Dallas, and Atlanta and later established his own sales firm representing a variety of toy companies across the country. On Ron’s relocation to Atlanta in 1991 he developed and managed a successful recycling program at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. In 1995 this recycling program was honored in the annual US “Keep America Beautiful” competition for the hospital category. Ron was a student of Philosophy, including studies of world religions. He was an avid environmentalist and entrepreneur, and loved working outdoors. He promoted the survival of bluebirds, creating a web site advocating the building and placement of bluebird houses across the South. Ron was passionate about many things, and larger than life in many ways. He was broad-shouldered, handsome, charming, and fiercely loyal, opinionated, and engaging. Ron is predeceased by his parents, Cleo and Helen Harris, and his infant daughter Kimberly Rae Harris. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Cheryl Jones Harris, his son Lawrence Craig Harris, his adopted son James Henley, granddaughter Amaia Henley, and his dog Cowboy, all of Marietta, Georgia. Other survivors include his second mother Henrietta Hester Harris, his brothers Brian Harris and Tom Hester, his sisters Susan Hester and Elizabeth DeBlasio, his father-in-law Jim Jones, brother-in-law Mike Jones, and nieces and nephews. He was uncle, grandfather, and godfather to many family and adopted children. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6th, at 2:00pm in the chapel of First United Methodist Church of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta will be handling the arrangements.