Ferrel Harris Passes Away

Thomas Ferrel Harris, who raced on the ARCA circuit across four decades, has died. He was 59. Harris, who underwent heart bypass surgery about 10 years ago, suffered a heart attack Sunday, May 7 and succumbed that same day at Pikeville Methodist...

Thomas Ferrel Harris, who raced on the ARCA circuit across four decades, has died. He was 59.

Harris, who underwent heart bypass surgery about 10 years ago, suffered a heart attack Sunday, May 7 and succumbed that same day at Pikeville Methodist Hospital in Kentucky.

Harris, born in Seale, Alabama in 1940, joined ARCA in 1966 and raced with the tour as late as 1991. An ARCA regular at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, Harris had his greatest success at Daytona where he won the 1983 Daytona ARCA 200 and had three pole qualifying runs there in 1976, '81 and '84. Harris's best finish at Talladega was fifth in '90. In all, Harris led 119 laps in ARCA competition in 6 races.

Harris, a former coal operator, is survived by his wife, Bobbie Harris; a stepson, Charles Randall Salyers of Pikeville; two stepdaughters, Connie McPeek of Gallipolis, Ohio and Robbie Lou Salyers of Lexington, Kentucky; four sisters; four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 9 at Thacker Funeral Home in Pikeville. He was buried Tuesday at Cox Farm Estate in Pikeville, where he lived.

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