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Robert Bruce Harris
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Robert Bruce Harris

Born: January 05, 1935
Died: January 22, 2013

Robert Bruce “Bob” Harris passed away Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013, at his rural Love County residence after an extended illness. He was born January 5, 1935 at Maud, Oklahoma to the late Ralph B. and Thelma (Cookerly) Harris.

He and the former Patti Johnston were married February 29, 1960, and would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year.

A retired hotel manager, he and his wife, Patti, opened and operated the first Holiday Inn in Ardmore. Bob was a graduate of the Chicago Arts Institute; he enjoyed art and spending time outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Patti and their three little Chihuahuas of the home; three daughters, Noelle Harris of Ardmore, Regina Harris and Mark Petersen, The Colony, Texas and Rhonda Holderman and her husband, Carl, Placitas, New Mexico; a brother, Tom Harris and his wife, Jeany, Cushing, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Carol Webster and her husband, Al, Drumright, Oklahoma and brother-in-law, Sonny Johnston and wife, Angie, Cushing, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, a brother, Jim Harris, sister, Jo An Lynch and a beloved dog, ‘Leonard’ preceded him in death.

A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial Services will be 2:00 Saturday, January 26, 2013 in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Sonny Johnston.

Memorials may be directed to “Forever Friend Foster Care and Rescue”, PO Box 1224, Ardmore, OK 73402 or to Cross Timbers Hospice.

Cremation-With-Care was provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory; condolences may be expressed online at

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