Mrs. Hester Lucille Wooten Harris, 91, of Petersburg, Va., entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
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Born on Aug. 26, 1922, in Petersburg, Va., to the late Chester and Edmonia Wooten, Mrs. Harris attended the Petersburg Public School System and was an honors graduate of Peabody High School, Class of 1940. She attended Virginia State College (now University), where she majored in tailoring and textiles. She worked as a master tailor and retail buyer until retiring in 1984.
Mrs. Harris loved her family, church and the city of her birth. A life-long member of the Historic First Baptist Church on Harrison Street in Petersburg, Va., she participated joyfully in the services and volunteered for many church organizations and activities. Mrs. Harris will be greatly remembered for her contributions and service as a member of the Adult Ladies Usher Board and as a devoted and faithful Sunday School teacher.
Mrs. Harris had an unwavering commitment to Petersburg, and believed that all of its citizens had a responsibility to work toward building a stronger community. Her many contributions to the community included: teaching in the literacy programs, serving as an election poll worker, and participating in almost any project that improved the city's schools. Mrs. Harris was a great friend and confidant to many, and was always willing to dispense comfort and advice to any who sought it.
Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Phillips Harris; sons, Robert Vernon Harris and his wife, Mary C.W. Harris, and Forrest Edwin Harris; and her parents; and siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Casandra Balthrop of Petersburg, Va., and Phillis Riley (Sumpter) of Silver Spring, Md.; a son, Marvin Harris (Diane) of Laurel, Md.; daughter-in-law, Joyce Harris of Bowie, Md.; granddaughters, Barbara Owens of Chesterfield, Va., Karyn Riley of Baltimore and Crystal Riley of Cheltenham, Md., grandsons, Philip Harris of Waverly, Va., Christopher Harris of Petersburg, Va., and Kendall and Joshua Harris, both of Laurel, Md.; nephews, Clifton Morgan of Renton, Wa., and Luther Morgan of Oakland, Calif.; several great-grandchildren; and a host other relatives and friends.
A funeral service for Mrs. Hester Harris will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 236 Harrison St., Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Tillman, eulogist. Interment to follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. The family will also receive friends at 1428 Halifax St., Petersburg, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Harris at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2013