Sylvester Raymond Harris, 59, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Capitan, NM surrounded by his loving family. Sylvester was born June 7, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA to Robert Harris and Pilar Baca.
Sylvester is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pilar Harris, as well as brothers Robert Harris Jr. and Albert Harris.
Sylvester had loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and always believed that family came first. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren camping, fishing, and 4 wheeling whenever the opportunity arose. Sylvester took pride in coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports. He loved NASCAR and WWE wrestling but his greatest love was for the San Francisco 49ers.
Sylvester loved helping anyone in need. He proudly served for 23 years as a member of the Capitan Volunteer Fire Department and served honorably in the New Mexico National Guard during the period in which the Santa Fe prison riots occurred. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan. Sylvester’s service to his community and country will not soon be forgotten.
Sylvester is survived by his loving wife Estella Harris; sons: Jerome and Aimee Mendoza of Alto, NM and Raymond and Taura Harris Jr of Capitan, NM. He is also survived by brothers Tracy Harris and Arthur Harris of Roswell, as well as sisters Josie Harris of Albuquerque, NM and Pilar Harris of Roswell. Sylvester is also survived his eight wonderful grandchildren: Zhendae, Dante, Isaiah, Anthony, Jayden, Reyanne, Olyvia, and Londyn as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday June 22, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home with the recitation of the rosary beginning at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan, NM.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Encompass Hospice for their care and support.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
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