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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Death of Mr Hollis L. Harris, Former DL President and COO

       ~~ In Memory ~~
       Hollis Loyd Harris
November 25, 1931 - July 14, 2016

I wish to thank Sue Zino and others who have informed the PCN of the sad news about Mr. Hollis Harris.  One of Delta's most outstanding leaders and always a friend to the pilot group, Hollis will be dearly missed.  Please see below for sending condolences of service information.  

From: Sue Zino
Date: 7/15/2016 10:30:57 AM
To:  Mark Sztanyo; 
Subject: Passing of Hollis Harris                                                 
We sadly report the passing of Hollis Harris on July 14th.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Address for the Harris Family: The Harris Family, c/o Patti Ayers, 608 Wingspread, Peachtree City, GA 30269-3363

Online condolences: www.mowellfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?page=documents&user_id=1828024&MAIN_EVENT=MEMSOL&SUB_EVENT=SIGN_GUESTBOOK

Posted by Hollis' son, Jeff, on Facebook.
Hollis Loyd Harris - (November 25, 1931 - July 14, 2016)  
Visitation: Sunday, July 17 between 4pm-7pm at C.J. Mowell Funeral Home in Peachtree City (200 Robinson Rd., Peachtree City, GA 30269 | (770) 487.3959).

Funeral Service: Monday, July 18 at 1:00pm at Peachtree City First Presbyterian Church (206 Willowbend Rd., Peachtree City, GA 30269 | (770) 487.7757.  Reception at the Church from 2pm-4pm.  Graveside 4pm.

Dad passed peacefully this morning in his sleep.  Thank you for all the wonderful acknowledgements, comments and shares.  RIP Dad.  You are free from the bonds of this earth and now at peace with Mom once again.  God speed!  
"HIGH FLIGHT" John Magee, Jr.
"Oh!  I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of. --Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.  Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air...Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue.  I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace where never lark or even eagle flew - and while with silent lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God."  Amen

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Piedmont Fayette Cancer Wellness in honor of Hollis Harris, 2001 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30309.  Donations may also be made on the following website ... https://donate.piedmont.org.  See instructions below

Delta remembers Hollis Harris, respected Delta executive and industry leader
Posted on DeltaNet 07/14/2016
Hollis Harris, Delta's former President and Chief Operating Officer and a legendary figure in the airline industry, passed away Wednesday.  He was 84.

His airline career began at Delta in 1954 while he was taking classes in aeronautical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He earned his bachelor's degree in 1961 while working for Delta's engineering department and rose through the airline's ranks.  In 1987 he was named President and COO and a member of Delta's board.

"Hollis was a beloved leader at Delta and one of the people whose shoulders we stand proudly on," Ed said.  "We all will miss him, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Delta family are with Hollis' family today."

During his time as President, Harris launched Delta's first flight to Seoul, South Korea, just ahead of the 1988 Summer Olympics there.

In 1990 he joined Continental Airlines as President and CEO.  Two years later he was named Chairman, President and CEO of Air Canada.  He later returned to Continental to serve on their board of directors, and helped restructure that airline in bankruptcy.

Prior to joining the airline industry, Harris served as battery commander in Germany during the Korean War.

He was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005.

A native of Carrollton, GA, Harris was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 12 but fully recovered, an event that inspired his father to become a Methodist minister.  He has lived in Peachtree City, GA, since 1969.

He was married to Joyce Dolores Entrekin, who died in 2011.  He has three children, Patricia, David and Jeffrey.

Visitation is at 4pm - 7pm on Sunday, July 17 at C.J. Mowell Funeral Home in Peachtree City, GA.  The funeral service will be 1pm on Monday, July 18 at Peachtree City First Presbyterian Church.

Thank you to Rainey DeLotell for sending us the following photo collage

1 comment:

  1. Sad news about a great guy. I would just want to speak for former MEC Chairman, Bill Brown, who Flew West ahead of Hollis. Bill always maintained that Hollis was one of the real gentleman--someone who you could count on to listen carefully to the pilots' concerns and then deal with predictable integrity. He set a high standard in the Delta family.