Don R. Harris

Don R. Harris, age 75, of Meridian, passed away Monday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2013, in a Waco hospital with his wife of 57 years, Teddy Harris, and family members by his side. Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in the Meridian First Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Stevens officiating. Don was born to Sterling and Fannie Mae Terry Harris on Jan. 12, 1938, near Meridian. He moved to Morgan at a young age where he was raised and educated, graduating from Morgan High School in 1956. He then began his remarkable 42 year career in radio and was undeniably one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most notable voices in broadcast history. After attending the Elkins Institute in Dallas in July of 1956, Don began his career in radio at KCLE-AM in Cleburne in February of 1957. However, his career skyrocketed to new heights beginning in 1965 once he joined the broadcast ranks at WBAP-AM. The Fort Worth station was still a big-band music station, but switched formats to country and western in 1970. His smoky voice and charm on and off air made Don a household name on the airwaves, making him one of broadcast media’s most popular and high-rated disc-jockey personalities in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Don left WBAP for a short 13 month stint with KLIF-AM in Dallas, but soon returned back to his home at WBAP. After the station changed formats back again in 1994, Don became host of “Good Morning Texas,” at 5 a.m. and “Hello Texas” at noon and consistently garnished the top rank in time slots among the premiere five radio programs within the Metroplex. His illustrious career came to an end in December of 1997 when Don chose to retire after a successful four-decade journey in the broadcast business. His pinnacle of success in radio became evident all across the industry when Don became inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. His later years after retirement were filled with things he enjoyed the most – ranching on his 160 acre cattle ranch in Johnson County and spending time with his wife, Teddy, family members, and friends. A lover of wildlife and the great outdoors, Don was the life of the party. He was bigger than life itself and never lost his ability to engage himself in conversation with his vast knowledge of agriculture, world events, and history. His impressive talent of captivating any audience through his engaging demeanor of storytelling, coupled with his great comedic timing, was one of his most remarkable attributes. Don was a gracious family man who devoted his life to making people feel welcome, cared for and loved whenever they entered his home. He selflessly enveloped others with his generous composure and warmth by all those who were surrounded by him. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Sterling and Fannie Mae Terry Harris. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Teddy, of Meridian; sister, Betty Myers of Morgan; son, Keith Harris and wife, Sandra of Joshua, and their three children, Christian, Clint and Cela Harris; son, Kent Harris of Meridian and his two children, Stewart and Sam Harris; son, Kelly Harris and wife, Carolyn of Grapevine, and their two children, Collin and Olivia Harris and a great-granddaughter, Trinity San Juan. The family requests that in lieu of usual remembrances, memorial donations be made to the North Bosque Helping Hands, P.O. Box 274, Meridian, Texas, 76665. The family wished to extend their gratitude to the Providence Hospice in Waco for their support during his final days. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian.
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