January 18, 1931-February 18, 2022
Helen Harris of Austin, Texas passed away on February 18, 2022, in Austin, TX.
Mrs. Harris was born in Americus, GA on January 18, 1931. She met her husband
in high school in Tifton GA. Her husband's military career took them to Fort Dix,
NJ, and then to Okinawa, Japan, and back to Fort Dix. Eventually settling in
Browns Mills, NJ. While in NJ, Helen was an active member First Baptist Church of
Wrightstown and was a founding member of Browns Mills Baptist Church. After
retirement from the Civil Service, Mrs. Harris moved to Southern Pines, NC. In
North Carolina, she joined Aberdeen Baptist Church where she became active in
their senior member's program. She also spent time visiting seniors who were no
longer able to attend church in person. She also helped with a local food pantry.
Mrs. Harris was a board member of the Moore County Chapter of the National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In addition to enjoying the many things Southern
Pines had to offer, she looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren
when they came to visit or when she traveled to see them to celebrate holidays,
birthdays, and graduations.
Mrs. Harris is survived by sons Claude Harris III of West Covina, CA, Greg Harris of
St. Petersburg, FL, daughters, Claudette Harris of Fayetteville, NC, and Mary Harris
of Austin, TX, daughter-in-laws Mary Ann Lavan of Bethesda, MD and Virginia
Harris of New York, NY. Also, grand children Diane Braceo, Larry Harris Jr.,
Nicholas Greer Harris, Jason Harris, Mikayla Harris, Zachary Harris, Danielle Todd-
Harris, and one great-grandson Mateo Carlson. Mrs. Harris also leaves behind
two sisters, Thelma Long of Jacksonville, Florida, and Eloise Pridgen (Oria) of
Dayton, Ohio. Along with a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death
by her parents Owen and Mary Black, husband Claude Harris, Jr., sons, Gary
Harris, Larry Harris, Darryl Harris, and grandson Gregory Harris.
The Harris family would like to thank the staff, nursing assistants, and nurses at
Penick Village in Southern Pines, NC and Buckner Villas in Austin, TX for their love
and care of our mother. We would also like to thank IPH Hospice staff and Nurse
Jerry for their care of mom during her final days.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at
Lankenau Funeral Home, 31 Elizabeth Street, Pemberton, NJ where her memorial
service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Brigadier General
William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Helen Harris can be made to the Alzheimer's Association
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