Deacon Alfred Harris, Jr.

Obituaries, October 2019

Deacon Alfred “Foots” Harris, Jr. of 815 Willis Street, Americus, Georgia died Monday, September 16, 2019 at his residence.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia. The burial will follow at Staley Memorial Garden in Americus, Georgia.

Deacon Alfred Harris, Jr. was born on September 23, 1934, in Sumter County, Georgia, to the parentage of the late Mr. Alfred “Perry” Harris, Sr. and Mrs. Ruby Lee Wooden Harris. He was the second of their fourteen children.

Being reared and nurtured in a Christian home, he adopted Christ as his Lord and Savior, at an early age. He joined Welcome Baptist Church in his youth and was a lifelong member. He served as the deacon board chairman for over 60 years.

He was educated in the local school system.

In August of 1951, Alfred married Elizabeth Whitehead. Their union produced six wonderful children: Ponce de Leon (Ludell) Harris of Decatur, Georgia, Alfred (Gloria) Harris, III, Veronica (Herman) Lamar, Vickie Lynn (Billy) Austin and Ray (Angela) Harris all of Americus. Their youngest, Wiffi Harris, resides in Brookhaven, Georgia. On August 22, 2019, Alfred and Elizabeth celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Early in his adult life Alfred demonstrated an unparalleled work ethic and sense of integrity. His first job was with Jones Motor Company, and it was there that he developed his love of mechanics and auto body work. After leaving Jones Motor Company, he spent 20 years working for Davis Casket Company as the paint department supervisor. After the casket company closed, he began working for Citizens Bank of Americus. Alfred started building his legacy as the bank’s unofficial goodwill ambassador in January of 1977 and remained there until his health began to decline in March of 2015. For 38 years he proved himself to be an invaluable asset to the bank, its employees, and its customers.

Alfred’s unmatched integrity, good natured personality, and giving spirit led to countless accolades and acknowledgments.

In August of 2001, The Honorable Mayor William “Bill” Campbell of Atlanta, proclaimed August 26 as “Alfred & Elizabeth Harris Day” in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Mayor Campbell bestowed the honor on the couple as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

On January 10, 2011, Alfred was appointed as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp of the Governor’s Staff, by Governor Nathan Deal, Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy and the Militia of the State of Georgia.

Although there were many other honors, the one he was proudest of was given on March 12, 2015, when the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of Americus, designated Alfred “Foots” Harris, Jr. Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank of Americus, in recognition and commendation for the outstanding professional manner in which he performed his duties, his trustworthiness, and commitment to the bank for 38 years.

“Foots” loved his community, and often attended community events, gospel singing programs, and local church services. He not only loved attending singing programs, he started singing as a gospel quartet member at the age of thirteen. He performed with the Harmony Stars, and later became a member of the Jenkins Jubilees. Alfred performed with the group for the last time in July of 2019.

“Foots” most favorite pastime was hosting weekly Friday evening fish fries for his family, friends and neighbors.

After weeks of fellowshipping and being showered with love and affection by family, friends and church members, Alfred took his last breath on Monday, September 16, 2019, and went home to be with the Lord.

In addition to his wife and children, he leaves to mourn his passing four brothers: William (Mattie Sue) Harris, John (Annie) Harris, Rev. Norris (Pamela) Harris, and Rev. Gerald (Martha) Harris, all of Americus, Georgia, a brother-in-law, John L. Hall, Americus, Georgia; five sisters: Fannie Harris Butler, Kathleen Harris Monts, Janice Harris, and the Rev. Sherryl Harris Sneed, all of Americus; Ruby (Clyde) Maddox resides in Riverside, California.

Alfred was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister: Oliver Harris, McKinley Harris, Fred Harris and Nancy Harris Hall.

Also mourning are his twelve grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and countless long-term friends.