Roy Harris Death – Roy Harris has passed away suddenly. He was confirmed dead on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. He died leaving the hearts of many scarred and devastated after learning his sudden death. He will always be missed by all those who knew him during the course of his life.
The Harris family became acquainted with the local historian Robin Montgomery when his father, the schoolteacher J.T. Montgomery, struck up a friendship with Henry Harris at a football game. In addition, they connected through their shared passion of boxing.
Who was Roy Harris?
Roy Harris was a Harris’ boxing success brought national fame to his birthplace of Cut and Shoot and after his retirement from the sport he went on to serve for 28 years as county clerk in Montgomery County. Harris was born June 29, 1933 in Cut and Shoot. He came from a large family where his father, Henry, was a farmer who had boxing experience and taught the Harris sons to wrestle and box on the family property near Cut and Shoot.
As boxing gained popularity in Conroe’s schools, Montgomery’s father was able to make a purchase of a previously used ring from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The ring was then used as a training facility for local fighters.
In addition to winning the Texas Golden Gloves Amateur Championship a total of four times, as well as his state’s Olympic Trials in 1952, and the Joe Louis Sportsmanship Award at the 1954 National Golden Gloves, Harris was a National Champion.
Harris received a number of academic distinctions during his time at Sam Houston State University, which he attended after graduating from Conroe High School. In addition, he served in the United States Army and then continued his military career by serving an additional 12 years in the Army Reserve.
Ring Magazine’s progress of the year award for 1957 was given to him after he won his first 23 fights, including victories in a row over Willi Besmanoff, Bob Baker, and Willi Pastrano. He was again awarded this honor in 1957. The fights drew devoted fans from all around Montgomery County, many of whom took advantage of specially organized bus journeys, trains, and even airplanes to make the journey to watch the action.
Roy Harris obituary and funeral plans will be released at a later date
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