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Nathan Harris, 24, a beloved son and resident of Rolling Fields Drive in Columbia, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, in Cookeville as the result of a motorcycle accident. Services for Nathan were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday Oct 13, 2006 at the West End Baptist Church in Columbia with the Rev. Elizabeth Stephens and Dr. Carl Duck officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family visited with friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. 

The Maury County native was the son of Steve and Debra Wantland Harris of Columbia. He is the grandson of Mary Jo Boatright Harris of Mt. Pleasant and the late James Norman Harris, the late Howell Zillman Wantland and Grace Lee Turner Wantland. Nathan was a former employee of Burger King in Columbia and was currently with Red Lobster in Cookeville. He was a 2001 graduate of Columbia Central High School where he was an honor student and a three year letterman having excelled for the Lions football team. He was actively involved in Christian Athletes and Jackson Cadets during his high school years. He attended Columbia State Community College before transferring to Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He was a Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball Player and involved in soccer as a young boy. He was a member of the West End Baptist Church. Nathan loved hunting, fishing, and golfing. Nathan had a very special relationship with his late grandfather, Howell Zillman Wantland, who passed away in January 2006. Roommates and friends in Cookeville nicknamed Nathan, “Daddy Harris” because he always took care of everyone. 

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include aunts, Donna W. (Willis) Jones of Williamsport, Betty Ann (Dr. John) Dixon of Murfreesboro, Brenda (James) Malugin of Columbia, Linda (Wendell) Owen of Murfreesboro, Cheryl ( Larry) Crosby of Nashville, and Pam (Tommy) Dugger of Franklin; uncles, Howell Smith (Joan) Wantland of Knoxville, William Newton (Mary) Wantland of Columbia, James Norman (Gail) Harris Jr. of Clarksville, Eddie (Brenda) Harris of Columbia, and Jerry (Debbie) Brown of Lewisburg. Pallbearers were Tim Jones, Jesse Brown, Kyle Dugger, Willis Jones, Forrest Lee, John Trent Dickson, Matt Wantland, Brad Wantland, Sam Wantland and Abe Wantland. Honorary pallbearers were the former Jackson Cadets, friends and co-workers at Red Lobster and Burger King, all friends, close and special in life. Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Nathan Harris Scholarship Fund, c/o Red, White, and Blue Scholarship/Public Safety, Columbia State Community College, 1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN 38401. 
 Obituary and information sent here by Linda (Sharp) Yates, Oct 16, 2006