Max Harris went home to his Savior on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Born in Nashville, Ga., on April
26, 1938; Max was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Maudelle Harris; a brother John A. Harris; a sister Jerrilyn Harris Ward all of Ray City, Ga.; and a special niece Melanie Ward Gentry, of Summerville, S.C.
Max is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois Prier Harris and his son, Jeffrey (Melinda) Harris, 2 grandchildren: Tyler and Kallie Harris all of Signal Mountain, Tenn. Survivors include a sister, Janelle (Lenny) Emig and sister-in-law, Myrtle Harris all of Ray City, Ga., and sister-in-law Mary
Prier Easley, of Tulsa, Okla. Also survived by much loved nieces and nephews: Pam Taylor, Darlene Griner, Archie Harris, Terri Bates, Tina Bush, Mickey Ward, Michael Easley, Kevin
Easley, and Lisa Easley Gage.
After completing an undergraduate degree from Valdosta State University, Max entered the U.S.
Air Force. After basic training and officer training school, his first assignment was as a Titan II Missile Launch Control Officer in Wichita, KS.
His military career highlights include working on the NASA Apollo Mission Simulator at the
Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston where he conducted training sessions with the Apollo astronaut crews including Apollo 11. A Vietnam veteran, Max was a member of Task Force Alpha at Nakhon Phanom in Thailand.
After retiring from active duty and completing a graduate degree from the University of Florida,
he worked on the Minuteman Missile computer system with Honeywell Aerospace in Saint Petersburg, Fla.; on the Trident Submarine computer system at the Naval Surface Weapons
Center in Dahlgren, VA; at FEDSIM (Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation
center) in Springfield, VA; and as the Director of Software Development for the U.S. Navy Data
Automation Command at the Navy Yard in Washington DC.
Max retired from the military as a Lt. Col after serving as the IRD 39 commander with the Air Force Reserves Knoxville unit at McGhee Tyson.
He worked many positions over a 20 year period with the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge
including the Director of Information Resources Management Division. He retired after several
years at MARCA in Vonore, TN.
Longstanding member of Central Baptist Church of Oak Ridge prior to moving to Signal
Mountain Baptist now known as The Point Church at Signal. He also belonged to The Gideons International, both the Knoxville Central Camp and the Chattanooga Central Camp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International Memorial Bible Program. PO Box 201, Signal Mountain, TN 37377 or to The Point
Church at Signal.
Funeral service will be at 12 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Pastor Gregg Hauss will officiate. Interment will follow for the family with military honors at the
Chattanooga National Cemetery at 2pm. The Harris family will receive friends at the Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN from 10 a.m. to noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home (423) 877-3524 www.LaneFH.com