Dwight H. (Bits) Harris, 71, a retired Cheasapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. employee, died Monday at Washington Adventist Hospital after a heart attack.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he grew up in Washington, and attended Central High School. He also attended Bliss Electrical School in Takoma Park.

Mrs. Harris joined C&P in 1940 as a central office repairman. He became a commercial representative, then a service engineer, and was communications representative in the marketing department at the time of his retirement in 1971.

For many years, he played the bass fiddle with area dance orchestras and musical combos.

He was a member of Musicians Union Local No. 101 and of the Alexander Graham Bell Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers.

Mrs. Harrus was a past president of the Takoma Park Lions Club and former secretary-treasurer of the Lions of District 22C. He was a member of Trinity Lodge No. 41 of the Masons and was active in Grace United Methodist Church in Takoma Park, where he sang in the choir.

He survived by his wife, Ethel H., and a son, Paul E., both of the home in Silver Spring; another son, Wilbur H., of Timonium, Md.; a brother, Lester W., of Arnold. Md., and four grandchildren.