Cover photo for Sylvester Harris's Obituary
Sylvester Harris Profile Photo
1958 Sylvester 2017

Sylvester Harris

June 7, 1958 — June 17, 2017

Sylvester Raymond Harris, 59, passed away on Saturday June 17, 2017 in Capitan, NM surrounded by his loving family. Sylvester was born June 7, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA to Robert Harris and Pilar Baca.
Sylvester is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pilar Harris, as well as brothers Robert Harris Jr. and Albert Harris.

Sylvester had loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and always believed that family came first. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren camping, fishing, and 4 wheeling whenever the opportunity arose. Sylvester took pride in coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports. He loved Nascar and WWE wrestling but his greatest love was for the San Francisco 49ers.

Sylvester loved helping anyone in need. He proudly served for 23 years as a member of the Capitan Volunteer Fire Department and served honorably in the New Mexico National Guard during the period in which the Santa Fe prison riots occurred. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan. Sylvester's service to his community and country will not soon be forgotten.

Sylvester is survived by his loving wife Estella Harris; sons: Jerome and Aimee Mendoza of Alto, NM and Raymond and Taura Harris Jr of Capitan, NM. He is also survived by brothers Tracy Harris and Arthur Harris of Roswell, as well as sisters Josie Harris of Albuquerque, NM and Pilar Harris of Roswell. Sylvester is also survived his eight wonderful grandchildren: Zhendae, Dante, Isaiah, Anthony, Jayden, Reyanne, Olyvia, and Londyn as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Thursday June 22, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home with the recitation of the rosary beginning at 6:00pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2:00pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan, NM.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Encompass Hospice for their care and support.

"God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you, He whispered "come with me".
You didn't deserve what you went through, so He gave you needed rest.
God's garden must be beautiful; He only takes the best."
Frances and Kathleen Cuelho


Ballard Funeral Home
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:00 am to 6:00 pm



Ballard Funeral Chapel
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:00 pm

Funeral Mass

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
299 3rd Street
Capitan, NM  88316


Ballard Crematory
910 S. Main Street
Roswell, NM  88203
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Sylvester Harris, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 3

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree