Dr. Jesse Harris, age 70 of Louisville (native of New Castle), passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at his residence. Jesse was a member & 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 & 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.
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Survived by: two sons, Greg Harris (Robin) of Crestwood and Tim Harris (Melissa) of Lexington; 6 sisters, Mary V. Beasley (Rev. Clayton) of Paducah; Nancy Loving of Paducah; Hallie Wilson of Atlanta; Carrie Reed (Rev. Jerrome) of Georgetown; Patsy Lindsay (Gary) of Louisville; Betty Burns (Steve) of Atlanta; brother, Rodney Harris of Paducah; ex-wife, Anna Harris of Eminence; 6 Grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at St. Stephen Church (1018 South 15th Street, 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, William Goodloe. Burial: New Castle G.U.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation Visitation: 5-9 PM on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 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 The Sentinel-News from September 25 to October 2, 2012