Fallen Hero: SGM(Ret) Robert Lewis Harris


Funeral Home

Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory

Columbus, MS




A service will be held at a later date as determined by family.


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on April 16, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SGM(Ret) Robert Lewis Harris, age 83, a retired member of the MS Army / Air  National Guard who had served within 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Robert Lewis Harris, 83, of Columbus, MS passed away Friday, April 16, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT. No services will be held at this time. Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory, Columbus, MS is entrusted with arrangements. Mr. Harris was born on September 8, 1937, in St. Louis, MO to the late Dorothy Hughes Hawes and William Harris. He was a member of20th SFG in the MSARNG. Mr. Harris loved his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his dogs, and birds. He loved living out by Tibbee Creek. Mr. Smith served in the Mississippi National Guard for 39 years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Harris is preceded in death by his brothers- Willie Lee Harris, Charles Harris, and an Infant Harris; and his sisters- Stella Sanders, Cecilia Harris, Carey Sue Channell, and Mary Channell. Mr. Harris is survived by his wife- Patricia “Pat” Evans Harris of Columbus, MS; sons- Shane Harris, and Robert (Marjory) Harris; daughter- Heather (Thomas) Formisano; stepchildren- Nick (Gena) Salvaggio, Vick Salvaggio, Sherri (Dr. Scott) Hill, and Kerri Donnely; grandchildren- Tyler Harris, Alexis Harris, Devan Carmichael, Kimberly Abels, Joseph Harris, Summer Harris, Claire Formisano, and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Columbus Lowndes Humane Society P.O. Box 85 Columbus, MS 39703.