Dr. Jesse Harris, age 70 of Louisville (native of New Castle), died Saturday, Sept. 22, at his residence. Jesse was a member and deacon of New Castle Main Street Baptist Church. He was an employee of Fischer's Packing Company for more than 35 years; employee and organizer of UFCW Local 227; Kentucky State labor chair for NAACP; Kentucky Colonel; 2012 Candidate for Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame; Founder & President of Faces of Our Children Sickle Cell Foundation; Founder of the nation's first and only Sickle Cell Choir; Founder of Joyful Praise Ministries, broadcasted on WLOU 1350 radio station; member of the National CBTU Religious Outreach Commission; member of the Kentucky Alliance against racism and political repression; Hired by the Henry County Judge-Executive, 1st County Youth Service Bureau; Founder of the contributing writer of a children's book, "Petera Comes to America". He was the son of the late Irvin and Mattie Lee (Scott) Harris.
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He is survived by two sons: Greg Harris (Robin) of Crestwood, Tim Harris (Melissa), Lexington; six sisters: Mary V. Beasley (Rev. Clayton) and Nancy Loving, all of Paducah; Hallie Wilson and Betty Burns (Steve) Atlanta; Carrie Reed (Rev. Jerrome), Georgetown; Patsy Lindsay (Gary), Louisville; one brother, Rodney Harris, Paducah; ex-wife, Anna Harris, Eminence; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Tolbert and Ida Lee Johnson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street, Louisville. Interment will be in New Castle G.U.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Stephen Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faces of Our Children, 1920 L Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, D.C. 20032. - www.facesofourchildren.org
Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Henry County Local on Sept. 26, 2012