Oct. 27, 1945 - Feb. 14, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY Rodger Grimes Harris, a man of gifted intellect, skill and creativity, was born in Duncan, OK to Haskell and Cloe Harris. He received a Bachelors degree from O.S.U. and Master's degree from UCO. Rodger was in the Army 95th Division Reserves, and later married Marie Anderson in 1969. Rodger served as Oral Historian and Archivist for the Oklahoma Historical Society for 20 years. He was one of the founders of the OK Folklife Council hosting folklife culture of Oklahoma. Rodger had an intense interest and skill in research and playing traditional stringed instruments, and was a gifted musician. Rodger was a part of the Falderol String Band for over 30 years. More recently he was an adjunct professor teaching college history for various local colleges and universities. Rodger and Marie have two children, Graham and Lea. Graham, and his wife, Morgan, have one son, Spencer. Lea, and her husband, Jake, have two children, a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Niya. He took great joy in his grandchildren, and enjoyed cooking, as well as singing and telling stories for them. Viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 17th, from 5:30-7:00pm at Corbett Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held Saturday Feb. 18th at 2:00pm at Mayflower Congregational Church. If you wish to honor Rodger with a donation his organizations of choice are: OK Folklife Council, contact Hayden Roberts (405-323-9265) or Angels Foster Family Network ( angelsfosterokc.org ).
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