Rev. H. Jerry Harris (USAF Ret. Lt. Col.)

Rev. H. Jerry Harris (USAF Ret. Lt. Col.)

March 01, 1934 - December 30, 2021
N. Chesterfield, Virginia

Rev. H. Jerry Harris (USAF Ret. Lt. Col.)

March 01, 1934 - December 30, 2021
N. Chesterfield, Virginia


Rev. H. Jerry Harris (USAF Lt. Col. Ret.) passed away and met his Savior Jesus Christ on Dec 30, 2021. Jerry is preceded in death by his father and mother, Herman and Blanche Harris and his brother Bill. He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Berta Lee Griffin Harris; children, Diana Harris O’Connell (Mark), David Jerry Harris (Mary), Donna Louise Harris, Danita Harris Zupo (Tony); granddaughters, Brooke Wheeler (Seth Downing), Stephanie Moomau (Mickey), Hannah Hicks, Aulora Zupo, Ellie Harris; grandsons, Jared Wilson, Dawson Harris (Elizabeth), Jenson Harris (Allison), Caleb Hicks; great-grandson, Logan Moomau; great-granddaughter, Lilly June Moomau; sister, Delores Carson (Joe); brother, Jim Harris (Rosemary); sister in law, Beryl Harris.  Jerry was born in Miami, FL on Mar 1, 1934, graduated from HS in 1951, and enlisted in the USAF in 1953. After basic training he was accepted into the aviation cadet program and was later commissioned as a 2nd Lt and earned his wings in Mar 1955. Berta then “clipped his wings” the very next day when he married his high school sweetheart on Mar 15, 1955. During his 20-year military career he would fly almost 5000 hours in several different fighter jets, fly over 200 missions in Vietnam, and earn The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Force Commendation Medal. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1967, served as a volunteer song leader/choir director, all while owning the title of “World’s Greatest Fighter Pilot!” Jerry retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1973 and began working on his next career by earning his Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1976. He served churches full-time as Minister of Music in New Mexico and Virginia until 2000 and continued in part-time music ministry until 2006. During his 30-year vocational ministry career he led thousands of hymns, hundreds of choir anthems, dozens of cantatas, sang countless solos, officiated and presided over many weddings and funerals, and ministered to countless people. He was blessed to have two fulfilling full-time careers that he loved, as he served his Lord, his family, and his country well.  The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 7, 2022, at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service. His funeral service will be held 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Branch’s Baptist Church.  Interment will follow with military honors in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Branch’s Baptist Church (Music Ministry) 3400 Broad Rock Blvd., N. Chesterfield, VA 23234.


  • Date & Time: January 7, 2022 (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
  • Venue: Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service
  • Location: 6500 Iron Bridge Road North Chesterfield, VA 23234 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (804) 275-7828

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: January 8, 2022 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Branch's Baptist Church
  • Location: 3400 Broad Rock Blvd Richmond, VA 23234 - (Get Directions)

Interment with Military Honors

  • Date & Time: January 8, 2022 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Branch's Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Location: 3400 Broad Rock Blvd. RIchmond, VA 23234 - (Get Directions)

Branch's Baptist Church (Music Ministry)

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9 responses to Rev. H. Jerry Harris (USAF Ret. Lt. Col.)

  1. david your dad will be missed he is in heaven with god.and watching you play the and sing on sunday mornings from steven jackson

  2. Shawna Luke says:

    David your dad from all I’ve heard was an amazing man who has an amazing son that we are thankful to have as our Pastor of worship. I know how you feel during this time. Your in our thoughts and prayers . God bless you hugs and love in Christ name.

  3. To the Harris family. I just found out about Jerry on Saurday at 3:00. I am so shocked. I loved Jerry (Fred), because of his love of God, his hugs, and his sense of humor. He was strict on his choir members and I loved that about him. That’s what made us sound so good. Jerry and Berta and family have always been so caring for us all. Jerry was always there for you if you needed guidance. He was a man that always loved the Lord. May God’s blessings be with the family during this time of grief.
    Cindy Welton & Haley

  4. Soooo many fantastic memories of Jerry. I know he has left a huge hole in your hearts, but as believers we grieve, but we grieve with hope. Praying for the Lord’s compassion, mercy and perfect peace as you navigate life without him.

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