Antonio “Tony” Maurice Harris, 53, of Dunbar, WV, passed away from this life peacefully, Saturday, June 1, 2019. One of God’s greatest masterpieces, he was born March 19, 1966, to the late Melvin Maurice Harris and the late Rev. Gloria Jean Davis James.
Tony accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a very early age. Until his passing, he was a faithful and dedicated member of First Baptist Church, Charleston. He had a deep love for God and enjoyed the music of his church choir. Often you could spot him visiting other churches throughout the city, praising the Lord, dressed in a sharp three-piece suit.
Tony, Tone Bone, Tone Tone, Tone Loc, Smooth Shoe, The Mayor, and the GOAT are some of the nicknames he was affectionately given around the community. Tony will be remembered as a legend and to have known him was to love him.
At an early age, Tony displayed a deep passion for sports. He was a mascot for the Doc Generals and helped coach Dunbar Midget League. In 1980, Assistant Football Coach, Jack Woolwine, asked Roger Jefferson if he needed a manager. Just a sophomore attending Charleston High School, Tony was named Manager for the football team and became a fixture there until 1989 when Charleston High School’s consolidation sent him to Capital High School. He has been a part of five state championships and has assisted many players and coaches over the years. Tony Harris was the epitome of loyalty when it came to Capital High School. His dedication and loyalty earned him the promotion to “President of Football Operations” under Head Coach Jon Carpenter. Tony was also named Manager of the North South All-Star Football Game for over 10 years.
Music was one of Tony’s passions. He could be seen dancing in any setting where good music was involved. On a really good night, Tony could be seen stepping alongside the “Ques”, a very rare and special privilege, to his all-time favorite song, “Atomic Dog”.
Tony has been an inspiration to all the lives he has touched. His positivity, kindness, and infectious laugh made him the life of the party and a blessing to everyone who encountered his presence. When Tony departed this life, Heaven gained an Angel and we lost a hero, an icon, and a legend. Tony will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations.
Tony is preceded in death by parents, Melvin Harris and Rev. Gloria Jean Davis James, maternal grandmother, Thelma Mosley, paternal grandmother, Helen Harris, and brother, Robert Harris.
Tony’s precious memories will be cherished forever by: sisters; Lisa Mosley (Roy) of Columbus, OH, Yolanda Anderson (Theon), Cassandra “Red” Boxley, Natalie Casdorph, La’kiasha Johnson, all of Charleston, WV; and Tamia Campfield (Mark) of Philadelphia, PA; brothers; Tony “Meech” Booth of Columbus, OH, Lamont Harris of Dunbar, WV, Melvin Harris Jr. of Charleston, WV, grandfather William “Daddy Bill” Mosley of Dunbar, WV, and a very special friend, his “Forever Boo,” Carmen Mosley of Charleston, WV, along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, coaches, and teammates.
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