Christopher Michael Harris

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JACKSON SPRINGS - Christopher (Chris) Michael Harris, 25 of Jackson Springs, NC died in Afghanistan on August 2, 2017, when his patrol vehicle was struck by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. He was born November 3, 1991 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended Grace Christian School in Sanford, NC., where he was a member of the soccer and basketball team, and graduated in 2010.

Chris was an avid fisherman and boater who loved spending time on the water and at the beach. He was an amazing husband, son, and Paratrooper. In October 2013, he joined the Army and as an infantryman was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, and the 82nd Airborne Division. Chris loved his family and his country with all his heart and was proud to serve as a Paratrooper in the “Devil” Brigade.

He was awarded the Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Chris is survived by his wife, Brittany Harris; parents, Dennis and Sue Kolean of Jackson Springs; uncles, Mike Harris and Tony Parish of Pensacola, FL ; his Uncle Bruce and Aunt Cheryl and their children, Ryan and Kerri of St. Petersburg, FL.

Visitation will be Monday, August 14, 2017 from 12:00 until 1:30 pm at the funeral home followed by a graveside service at 2:00 pm at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you consider donations to Gold Star Survivors (http://www.militaryfamiliesunited.org/).