Mr. James Walter Harris Jr.

May 2019

Mr. James Walter Harris, Jr., affectionately called “Joe Rock,” was born in Sumter County, Georgia on May 16, 1959 to the parentage of the late Mr. James Walter Harris and the late Mrs. Anna Mae Redden Harris. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. He was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church. He was no stranger to the church. He was a licensed preacher and led several Bible Study Sessions at New Zion. On February 14, 1986, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to the former Ms. Annie Laura Kitchens. James was a loving, father, brother, uncle and friend. He will be truly missed. He is preceded in death by his siblings: Deotis Harris, Dorothy Jean Laramore and Osie Dean Carter and a stepdaughter, Teresa Holley.

In addition to his wife, Mrs. Annie Laura Kitchens Harris, Plains, GA, he leaves to cherish his memories: one son, Mr. James Walter Harris, III, Americus, GA; four daughters: Mrs. Latonya (Walter) Blackmon, Plains, GA; Ms. Shalonda Harris, Mrs. Lawanda (Prince) Burns and Ms. Matisha Kitchens and friend, Michael Lundy, all of Americus, GA; two sisters, Ms. Ella Brooks, Sanford, FL and Ms. Cillar Clark, Chicago, IL; two stepchildren, Ms. Lavanda Smoak and Mr. Allen Smoak of Smithville, GA; nine grandchildren: Ja’Corey Harris, Cassie Harris, De’Nerria Jackson, Nikerria Jackson, Ns’Shariah Wiggins, Ayden Robinson, Kyle Robinson, Tyera Burns and Marquailis (Javonna) Kitchens; two great grandchildren, Lauryn Kitchens and Ashton Kitchens; a godson, Gregory Harris; three brothers-in-law: Mr. Cornelius Kitchens, Americus, GA; Mr. Wayne (Brandi) Kitchens, Leesburg, GA and Mr. Darwin Keith Hicks, Atlanta, GA; five sisters-in-law: Ms. Alice Genelle Harris, Cobb, GA; Mrs. Janice (George) Pless, Warner Robins, GA; Mrs. Geraldine (Alphonso) Moore, Ms. Sherline Hicks, all of Americus, GA and Ms. Pamela Hicks, Greensboro, NC; his nieces and nephews: Sennica and Sha’Kedra, Meagan, De’Von and Nereus, Betty and Jarrod, Dionna, Linda, Sandy, Lois, Tarsha, Freddie, Ronzell and Keith; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends, including special friends, Ms. Patricia Floyd and Mr. Derrick Brooks also survive.