David Harris Sr.

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David Harris Sr.

David Harris, Sr. was born August 17, 1932 in Thomas County Georgia, in the area of Boston also known as "Ninety Five". He was the second child of eight children born to the late Emma (Monroe) Harris and the late Ernest Harris, Sr. Most people in the community who knew him well called him "Dave" or "Uncle Dave". He was well known for his steel trapped, sharp mind and a very mild mannered personality. He was also known for his unique wittiness, colloquialism, and teachable moments during his conversations and interactions with others.

Dave accepted Christ at an early age, and was baptized at Bethlehem Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which was renamed Bethlehem-Midway Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a very dedicated member for over 70 years serving as treasurer, class leader, laymen, President of the senior choir, Chairman of the Steward Board, Class leader, Sunday school teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. On the district level, he served as a lay leader. On the conference level, he served as lay leader, delegate to the CME annual and general conference. He always demonstrated a compassion for the sick and shut-in, and visited them often. He was an active member of Tried Stone Lodge No. 1, Fraternal Order of Masons, where he served as Worshipful Master for several years. Furthermore, the Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as Patron for several years.

Dave graduated from Douglas High School in 1949. Afterwards, he entered Meharry Medical College to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor. However, due a family crisis, he left college and enlisted the United States Army. He served diligently in the Korean War. He was honorable discharged from the Army. He went on to attend the prestigious FAMU Barber College. After graduating and working in the field of barbering, he met cosmetologist Atalene Farrah Holton. While working as a barber, he attended carpentry school in Thomasville. He served as a bus driver for the Grady County School System. As a contractor, "Dave" built and repaired many houses and churches throughout the South Georgia, North Florida, New Jersey, and New York areas. In later years, he was known for his successful hobby of metal recycling.

On December 25, 1957, Dave married Atalene Farrah Holton. She preceded him in death on August 31, 1980. To that union were born six children. They resided in the community of Beachton, Georgia. He later married Elizabeth Willis of Cairo (divorced).

Dave, was one is not gone... who touched the lives of others in such a warm and caring way. One is not lost... he was a person that knew no strangers, who got along with the lives of people all around with freely given friendship. One is not forgotten...who found the way to others hearts and mapped a route to love.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are: daughters: Margie Harris and Rosa Williams (Charles); sons: David (Teresa), Curt, Roderick and Ernest (Linda); granddaughters: Courtney, Tiffany (Chico), and Idalena Shannon (Jermaine); grandsons: Branden, Kristopher, and Ernest; great grandchildren: Braniyah, Bryant, Keon, Lamontae, and Braylen; sister: Blanche Harris; brothers: Rufus (Monica), and William "Bill"(Arndreeta). A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous other relatives and friends.

On the early afternoon of October 1, 2018, the Angels of Silence came into Archbold Memorial Hospital and sealed the lips of our loving brother, father, uncle and friend.

Funeral services for David Harris Sr will be Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Clifford Temple CME church. The Rev. Charles Jackson will be doing the words of comfort. Public viewing will be today from 12pm until 6pm and the wake service from 6pm until 8 pm in chapel of Hopkins Mortuary.
Published on October 5, 2018
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