Greenville native on missing Air France Jet


Michael “Butch” Harris and his wife Anne Debaillon Harris.

Published: June 2, 10:24 a.m.

Charlstie Laytin said her uncle Michael “Butch” Harris always seemedinvincible and had a strong bond with his wife Anne Debaillon Harris.

“They were the best of friends,’ Laytin told the Greenville Journal this morning.

The couple have been reported missing along with 226 other peoplethat were aboard Air France Flight 447 that vanished in the AtlanticOcean Monday.

Laytin said the family knew the couple, who have been living outsideof Rio for several months, were taking a trip to Paris for business andthen going to spend time vacationing.

The family was informed Monday at 3:53 p.m. that the couple was on the plane.

Harris was a Greenville native, who graduated from Hillcrest High in1967 and Clemson in 1971 with a degree in environmental engineering. Hewent to work for Exxon Mobil out of college and later Devon Energy,which is why the couple was in Brazil.

Laytin said her uncle was very proud of Clemson and often talked about his hometown in Greenville.

“He was just so strong,” he said.



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