Eddie Parell Harris was born December 20, 1969, to Willie Mack Harris and Bernice Harris. He lived in the small town of Courtland, Alabama, all his life. He was one of ten siblings. He graduated from Courtland High School, where he was a standout football player. He was a member of numerous state championship teams while playing for Courtland High.
Eddie later married Gloria McGhee. At the time of his death they had been married 23 years. To this union were born three children, two sons, Eddrick and Edquerion, and one daughter, Edrianae. Eddie always made sure they were taken care of and knew they were loved.
Eddie had a special love for helping and caring for others. He spent the last few years of his life as the primary caregiver for his disabled mother. He was the rock for his entire family when they went through the deaths of six of his siblings and his father.
His help and concern went far beyond taking care of his family. He also reached out and helped others in the community that were in need. Whether it was a ride somewhere, food, or physical care, Eddie could be counted on. He was always happy and made others happy when they were around him. That’s just the type of person he was.
Eddie began his firefighting career as a volunteer with North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department. He served his community in this capacity for 16 years. He loved being a firefighter almost as much as he loved his family. As a firefighter, Eddie battle numerous fires, some more dangerous than others. He received training from the Alabama Fire College, which helped him rise to the rank of chief in early 2017. He took the position of chief very seriously and had begun putting higher standards of training in place to raise the quality of the fire service for North Courtland, along with keeping his firefighters safe.
Everyone who knew Eddie knew him to be a loving, caring husband, father, son, fire chief, and community leader. He was known to be dependable, dedicated to what he believed in, and hard working. His death has left a big hole, not only in the lives of his family, but for everyone who knew him.