Samuel James ‘Sambo’ Harris


Samuel James “Sambo” Harris, 70, passed away on Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2016, at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was a lifelong resident of Needham.

He was born on April 8, 1946, in Beech Grove, to Samuel L. and Alta M. (Crockett) Harris of Needham.

Sambo is survived by his son, Darell W. (Karen) Harris; daughter, Danielle D. (Mike) Walters; brother, Donald L. (Connie) Harris; grandchildren, Brady L. Harris, Damian W. Walters, Drew A. Walters and Dustin R. Walters; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in passing by his parents and sister, Brenda Proffitt.

He attended school at Needham Elementary and Franklin High School.

Sambo was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1965 to 1969 receiving an honorable discharge.

After his service to our country, Sambo lived his life on the road, working as a truck driver until his retirement.

He loved being a truck driver and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and tinkering in his shop.

A celebration of Sambo’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy and the Franklin American Legion Post No. 205. Following the burial at Second Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the Needham Volunteer Fire Department at 6833 E. 350 North, Needham. Food donations will be accepted.

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