Gordon Garnet Harris, 45, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.


Friends may call on the family of Gordon Garnet Harris, 45, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Union Missionary Baptist Church, 883 Lincoln St., Dover. Services will be at 1 p.m. and burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Harris died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.

Born Jan. 21, 1965, in Dover, he was the son of Norma Jean Robinson Harris Hayes and the late Benjamin Phillip Harris.

Mr. Harris attended West Dover Elementary School and continued his education in the Caesar Rodney School District. He enlisted in the National Guard and later transferred into the U.S. Army. He labored at various jobs, but found his passion in the culinary arts, later completing his education and receiving his certification in culinary arts from Polytech. He enjoyed creating masterpieces at Applebee’s and the Olive Garden in the Dover area.

He married Lorraine Hanzer on Nov. 20, 2000. He had two children, Gordon and Sharnet, from a previous union.

Nicknamed “Gee Money” and “Chef BoyarGee,” Mr. Harris was an intelligent, outgoing, fun-spirited person who had many interests and hobbies. He loved to create succulent dishes and was quite proud of his barbequing skills, most especially ribs, whether they were dry rub or cooked in his special barbeque sauce.

He enjoyed fishing and crabbing, and could serve a mean gumbo that would make your mouth water and leave you wanting more. His favorite sports team was the Philadelphia Eagles, and there probably was not a more passionate fan in the area than he.

Mr. Harris was an avid reader and his interests covered a broad spectrum of topics. He redirected his life to Christ and added the Bible to his favorite readings. He liked reading from Psalms, and his favorite gospel song was “Something About the Name Jesus.”

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Beatrice Harris; and his maternal grandparents, Monroe and Zelda Robinson.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Lorraine Harris; two children, Gordon Summers of Middletown and Sharnet Summers of Kansas; two grandchildren, Gordon Jr. and Kah’lier Summers; his mother, Norma Jean Hayes of Milford; three sisters, Bridget Harris of Dover, Angelique Harris of Felton, and Deidre Harris of Roswell, Ga.; a brother, Wesly Harris of Magnolia; a stepbrother, Homer Readores of Magnolia; his stepmother, Salvadora Harris of Magnolia.

He also is survived by a special aunt, Sharlene Dial of Lincoln; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Letters of condolence can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.