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John C. Harris shares his office at The Callaway Bank with a preschool class in January 1995. Harris, who led the bank for more than 60 years and helped start several key community service organizations, died Thursday at the age of 96. Current bank president and CEO Kim Barnes described Harris as someone who “liked people and wanted people to feel valued.”

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Fulton friends, family, coworkers recall legacy John Harris leaves in wake of his death

“When you rely on a community to keep your doors open, you owe them. You must give back.” —John C. Harris. According to Debbie LaRue, vice president and director of marketing/public relations for The Callaway Bank, that was a lesson Harris lived by and tried to instill in others, the proof being the repetition of that quote — almost verbatim — by almost everyone else the Fulton Sun spoke with about the unassuming pillar of the Fulton community, who died Thursday at the age of 96. “Like a lot of other people have, (John) believed if you’re going to make a living from a community, you’ve got to give back to it,” his brother, O.T. Harris said.

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