Robert L. Harris

04/11/1935 - 06/11/2022


Mr. Robert L. Harris (Bobby), age 87, of South Hill, died Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Westminster-Canterbury in Richmond. He was a devoted husband and father and a very special “Dandy” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He served as the vice-president of the former E.H. Harris Oil Company of South Hill and as the plant manager of Parker Oil Company for a total of 45 years, a state correspondent/photographer for the former Richmond News Leader, and a transportation driver for Lake Country Area Agency on Aging.

He was a faithful member of the Berea Christadelphian Chapel in North View, Virginia.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Susanne Johansen Harris; two daughters, Catherine H. Barnes (Hunter) of Bon Air and Anne H. Thomason of South Hill; a son, Robert L. Harris, Jr. (Wanda) of Powhatan; seven grandchildren: Lauren T. Cordle (Bryan), Lindsey T. Smith (Michael), Leslie T. Barton (Chris), Carrie B. Loudy (Kevin), Ashley H. Prater (Phil), Ryan Barnes (Emilie) and Katie H. Maclin (Thomas); ten great-grandchildren and two on the way; a sister, Alice May Horton (Jim) of Grimsby, Ontario; a brother Edwin H. Harris, Jr. (Eileen) of Clarksville; and a special friend, Ricky Thomason of Dolphin.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. A memorial service will be conducted Friday, July 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM, also at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home. The family wishes to thank all of the staff members and medical professionals of VCU/CMH of South Hill and Sheltering Arms and Westminster-Canterbury, both of Richmond, for the love and care shown to Bobby during his stay at each facility. Memorial contributions may be made to Virginia Christadelphian Youth Camp c/o Thom Crabtree, 6029 Spinnaker Cove Court, Suffolk, VA 23435-3170 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Harris family.

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  1. Condolences to the Family

    Iam sorry to hear about Bobby passing sending prayers for the family I work with Bobby from 1990 until he retired from Parker oil he was a good man and a good supervisor he will truly be miss by so many people

  2. Cousins

    We were very sorry to here of Bro. Bobby falling asleep, but rejoice in the hope we share in Christ for the resurrection and Kingdom of God, soon to be revealed.

  3. Condolences to the Family......

    Dear Suzanne, Cathy, Anne and Robert,
    I miss your Dad. I can still see him at the oil plant when he and his Dad were the Sinclair Distributors and my Dad and I were the neighboring Exxon Distributors. I had the pleasure of working with him at Lake Country Area Agency on Aging and saw first hand his devotion to his fellow man. He always did things to help clients and they loved him. Please know how much he loved you all and Robert, he will never die as long as you breathe oxygen on this earth.

  4. Next door neighbor

    To my veery close friend and her family. We enjoyed so many times together. Our children played together and were friends for ever . Bobby was always there when I needed him.. we will always remember his kind ways. I’m in pine viiew and can’t attend his service, remember l will be with you and all your family. My love is always with you.

  5. I had the pleasure of knowing Dandy through the eyes of his loved ones. Oh how they lit up talking about him, the joy in their hearts show through their faces. I heard about how he loved to tell stories and take pictures, Dandy was a very devoted and loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. What a blessing Dandy was and how grateful I am that so many have been touched by him. I pray for all who are hurting; yet I know, his love will continue to live in all of you.
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

  6. With Deepest Sympathy

    Robert and the Harris Family, We are sorry to hear of Mr. Harris’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the days which follow. We pray God will give you peace during your time of loss. May the many shared memories live on in your heart and bring you comfort.

  7. Prayers & Condolences

    I am very sad to hear about the passing of Bobby. I grew up with Bobby and his brother Eddie on North Brunswick Ave. Bobby and I haven’t been in contact for many years but I’ve often thought of the good times we had growing up. My prayers and condolences go out to the family. I know he will be greatly missed.

  8. A true gentleman . He was one of the nicest men I have ever known and I knew him for many years. We went to school together. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May God be with each member of his family in the months ahead without him. Lots of love from my home to yours.

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