Drue Harris

Drue Harris, 88, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 13, 2018 in Center. He was born on September 23, 1929 in Fairplay, Texas to Turner Edward Harris and Madaline Ruby Wyatt Harris. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Harris Cemetery in Fairplay with Bro. Robert Ortigo officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.  
Drue grew up in Starville and worked on the custodial staff at Henderson ISD until retirement. Drue met Mary Ellen Anderson at church in 1989 and immediately was smitten. On July 3, 1990, the two were married and built a beautiful life together with their families for 28 years. Drue was so good to Mary Ellen and was devoted to doing whatever he could for her and their children. Drue loved to talk. Some of his favorite topics were sharing stories about his parents and his job at the pecan orchard. He was also very devoted to his faith in the Lord. He treasured the moments spent listening to his wife read the Bible to him as well as listening to the Gaither’s gospel group. Drue could sit for hours just watching them on VHS tapes. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors farming, gardening and taking care of the lawn. Drue was a member of Church of God in White Oak. 
Drue is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Anderson Harris; sons, James Allen Dunahoe of Gladewater, Billy Joe Dunahoe and wife, Rhonda of Gladewater, Jack Edwin Dunahoe of Gladewater and Samuel Elton Smalley of Houston; daughters, Kathy Thigpen and husband, Jerry of Woodville, Barbara Jean Sorrells and husband, Jesse of Gladewater and Theresa Jones and husband, Buck of Joaquin; sisters, Barbara Ann Harris Brown of San Antonio and Linda Gay Harris of Winona; niece, Sherry Reed and husband, Wayne of Starville; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Turner and Madaline Harris and his sister, Evelyn Deloris Roberts.
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit

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