Former UT athletic official Haywood Harris passes away at 80

Former UT athletic official Haywood Harris passes away at 80

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By MARK NAGI
6 Sports Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Haywood Harris, the former associate athletics director for media relations at the University of Tennessee, and long time athletic department employee, has passed away.

He was 80 years old.

Harris graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1951, and was appointed sports information director for UT by legendary Vols football coach Gen. Robert Neyland in 1961.

He wrote for The Charlotte Observer and The Knoxville Journal before returning to the University of Tennessee in the late 1950s.  He also served as Assistant Athletic Director and Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations at UT.

Harris retired from full-time duties at UT in 2000, but continued working at the university in a variety of areas, including serving as the historian for the athletic department. 

Friends may call at their convenience Friday and Saturday at Knoxville's Rose Mortuary-Mann Heritage Chapel at 6200 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.

Online condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com.

The burial service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of these churches:

Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
9132 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923)

Second United Method Church
1524 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921

You can also make donations to the charitable organization of your choice.

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