Joseph Louis Harris was born September 2, 1951 to the late James and Lucy Mae (Gary) Harris in Cairo, Illinois. He was baptized at an early age and became a member of the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend E. Dancler. He departed this life on Thursday July 16, 2020 at 3:40 at Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana.
Joe was a devoted husband to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Joe leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife of 47 years, Betty (as he called her “B”); two children: Nicole (Lanaro) Bonds both of Elkhart, Indiana, Joseph Thornton of Dexter, Missouri; five grandsons: Tre’Shawn and XzAvion Harris, Maurice Johnson, Philant Johnson, Nicholas Johnson; brothers: Leo Harris and Alonzo (Dorothy) Harris both of Elkhart, Indiana. Stanley (Alivia) Harris of Bellwood, Illinois, Kenneth Harris of Chicago, Illinois, and Derrick Harris of Phoenix, Arizona; his loving stepmother, Dorethia Harris of Chicago, Illinois; five sisters: Delores (Jimmy) Gates of Elkhart, Indiana, Patricia Wilder of South Carolina, Christine Harris, Diane Harris and Juanita Harris all of Chicago, Illinois; three special cousins: Shelia Jackson, Tina Bryant and Clifford Bailey.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents: James and Lucy Harris; sisters: Bessie Gates and Ella Harris; brother: James Harris Sr.; grandparents: Victor and Leola Gray and Louis & Luviena Harris Thompson.
Joe will also be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
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