HARRIS, DR. JESSE, 70, of Louisville (native of New Castle, KY), passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at his residence.
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Jesse was a member and deacon of New Castle Main Street Baptist Church. He was an employee of Fischer's Packing Company for 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 and 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 exec 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. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Tolbert and Ida Lee Johnson.
Survived by two sons, Greg Harris (Robin) of Crestwood, KY and Tim Harris (Melissa) of Lexington, KY; six sisters, Mary V. Beasley (Rev. Clayton), of Paducah, KY, Nancy Loving of Paducah, Hallie Wilson of Atlanta , GA, Carrie Reed (Rev. Jerrome), of Georgetown , Patsy Lindsay (Gary) of Louisville and Betty Burns (Steve), of Atlanta; brother, Rodney Harris of Paducah; ex-wife, Anna Harris of Eminence, KY; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service: 11a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th St., Louisville, officiated by Rev. Meredith L. Trabue, pastor of New Castle Main Street Baptist Church. Pallbearers: Billy Harris, James Goodloe, Frank Goodloe , Michael Henderson, Richard Smith and William Goodloe. Burial: New Castle G.U.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation: 5-9 p.m. Friday at St. Stephen Church. Prewitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faces of Our Children, 1920 L Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, D.C. 20032. - www.facesofourchildren.org
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 26, 2012