Theodore 'Ted' Clifford Harris

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Theodore "Ted" Clifford Harris, 78 of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Harris was a native of Lakeland, Florida and son of the late Thomas Carl and Rhoda Sutton Harris. He was a well-known songwriter with his first big hit "Crystal Chandelier" being recorded by many artists in over 40 countries. Other big hits such as "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", "The Happiness of Having You" and "Paper Mansions" earned him the honor of being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association's Hall of Fame in 1990. His songs were recorded by artists such as, Dottie West, Charley Pride, Roy Drusky, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and Glen Campbell. Ted wrote his first song at age 12. He retired in 2001 and sold his publishing company to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Harris and Terry Harris. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Thompson Harris of Lewisburg, two sons, Bradley (Michelle) Harris of Rockvale, and Joshua Harris of Nashville, and three grandchildren, Morganne Mitchell, Jackson Harris, and Blake Harris.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. James Hickey and Rev. Cliff Vines Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at 1p.m. from the East Commerce Baptist Church where he was a member and deacon for many years.

The family was at London Funeral Home Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. for visitation and East Commerce Baptist Church Wednesday from 12 p.m. until the funeral hour for visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideons International P.O. Box 1664 Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091.

London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.