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Elisha “Tee” Harris Sr. passed peacefully from this life the morning of September 28, 2018 after a courageous battle with a decline in health. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and caregivers during the last months of his life. Elisha was born February 8, 1926 in Macon, Mississippi, to Georgia and Sandy Harris. He relocated to Dora, Alabama, where his Uncle William Harris was very much like another father figure to him during young years. He then relocated to St. Louis Missouri and finally on to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he lived the remainder of his life.
He worked the coal mines in Dora, Alabama and at Morrison Railroad Supply Company in St. Louis, Missouri until his retirement. Elisha enjoyed sitting on the front porch and watching and talking to the neighbors. He loved the Lord and was a Deacon and faithful member of Zion Tabernacle. He was fondly known as Tee, Daddy Tee, Granddaddy Tee and Papa Tee.
He came from the generation of hard work and resilience. Elisha worked hard, drove fast and stayed nowhere long but home. He was the father of many children and he loved them all equally.
Elisha is survived by his wife Martha Harris, 24 children: sons: Elisha (Brenda) Harris Jr. of IN, Nance Harris of AL, Darby (Rose) Howard, Bobbie (Jeanette) Howard, Leon Harris, Curtis Harris, George Howard, Michael Howard, Carl Howard of MO; Thomas (Lydia) Morgan of IN. Daughters: Brenda Harris of IN, Viola Jones of IL, Jean (Curtis) Hawkins, Vanessa Harris, Georgia Harris, Sheila Harris, all of AL, Beverly (Raymond ) Freeman of Ohio, Regina Reed of GA, Denise Howard of MO, Rosetta Govan, Edna (Billy) White, Kimmolyn Morgan of IN; one aunt: Mary Micken and one uncle: John O’Neil both of MO, one brother-in-law, Charlie (Sarah) Hagler of IN, 53 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Georgia and Sandy Harris; 2nd wife, Larthrea Harris; sons, Ervin Harris, Larry Harri, and William Howard; daughter, Loretta Smith and brothers, JD Falls and Alonzo Falls.
Deacon Harris will be laid to rest in Covington Memorial Gardens