John L. “Johnny” Harris, III, 87, of Valdosta, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022, after a period of declining health. Born in Valdosta to the late J.L. Harris, Jr. & Flossie Smith Harris, he graduated from Valdosta High School in 1953 where he wore jersey #46 as he played football for the Wildcats under Coach Wright Bazemore. Following high school, he attended Georgia Tech before joining the United States Air Force. In 1974, Mr. Harris retired from the Air Force after a 20-year career and returned to his hometown. Upon his return, he and his brother, Charlie, started Harris Surveying Company where he worked for several years before taking a position as the Inventory Supervisor at Valdosta State College. He retired a second time in 1997 after working at VSC for 13 years.