Dr. Jesse Harris, 70, of Louisville, formerly of New
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Castle, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, 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; 2012candidate 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 executive first county youth service Bureau and 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.
Survivors include his two sons, Greg (Robin) Harris of Crestwood and Tim (Melissa) Harris of Lexington; six sisters, Mary V. (Rev. Clayton) Beasley of Paducah; Nancy Loving of Paducah; Hallie Wilson, Atlanta, Carrie (Rev. Jerrome) Reed, Georgetown; Patsy (Gary) Lindsay, Louisville, Betty (Steve) Burns of Atlanta; brother, Rodney Harris, Paducah; his ex-wife Anna Harris of Eminence; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at St. Stephen Church (1018 S. 15th St., Louisville), with the Rev. Meredith L. Trabue, officiating.
Pallbearers will be Billy Harris, James Goodloe, Frank Goodloe, Michael Henderson, Richard Smith and William Goodloe.
Burial at New Castle G.U.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Visitation at 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at St. Stephen Church.
Memorial contributions may go to Faces of Our Children, 1920 L Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, D.C. 20032.
Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Oldham Era on Sept. 27, 2012