He was raised by his mother, Olene Dunn, and uncle, Olvin “Peanut” Robbins, who was like a father to him. Joe graduated from Curry High School where he excelled in basketball. Following high school, Joe served in the Alabama National Guard. In his younger years, Joe was a pressman at several newspapers, including the Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper and the Galveston Daily News. Joe began working at Union Carbide/Dow Chemical as an operator in 1981 and retired in 2010 after 29 years of service. For many years, Joe enjoyed coaching Texas City’s girls’ softball.
Following his retirement he enjoyed working part-time for Tech Trans International at which he provided transportation for Russian Cosmonauts and driving a mail route at NASA. His favorite hobbies were fishing and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
Joe is survived by wife, Maria "Mary" Tran Harris; daughter, Leigh Zavora; sons, Thanh and Tuan Tran; grandchildren, Allyson and Natalie Zavora and Brooke Tran; uncle, Blan Robbins; aunt, Eunice Richardson; cousins, Peggy and Bill Martin; and brother, Charles Harris and wife Judy.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Olene Dunn; uncles, Olvin “Peanut” Robbins, Victor Robbins, Herman Robbins, Elton Robbins, Alvin Robbins and M.V. Richardson; aunts, Lillie Walker and Lois Brown; father, Paul Harris; and nephew, Andy Harris.
Joe will be dearly missed by his friends and family and his constant companion, Bunnie, his dog.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at a memorial visitation on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City.
Carnes Funeral Home, South Houston, Texas; 713-943-2500