Jackson Shelly Harris, Sr., 82 years old, entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. He was born on Jan. 20, 1930 and raised in Bayou Goula, Louisiana. He was a graduate of Plaquemine High School in Plaquemine, La. After High School he went on to serve in the U.S. Army and was a part of operations during the Korean War. Shelly or ""Big Shelly"" as he was known by many of his friends, married Rebecca James on June 16, 1950 and moved to New Orleans. They became members of Peoples United Methodist Church and worked for Good Citizen's Insurance Company. Later they became members of Bethany United Methodist Church under the pastorship of Rev. Edward Kennedy, in Pontchartrain Park, where they were members for over 50 years. In 1960, on August 13, his only son was born and was his namesake, Jackson Shelly Harris, Jr. Shelly worked for NASA and at the Michoud Plant helped build the first stage of the Apollo rocket that initially took men to the moon. He was very proud of that. Later he went on to become a New Orleans City Building Inspector where he retired in 1990. Later he and Rebecca joined Cornerstone UMC under the pastorship of Rev. James F. Haynes. Shelly is the son of Joseph Harris and Georgia Catherine DeLong Harris. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers DeLong Harris and James Harris, and sister Marion Blakeley. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca James Harris; his son, Jackson S. Harris, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Theresa D. Clark-Harris; grandsons, Jackson S. Harris III & Nicholas M. Harris; his brother, Thomas Harris; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. Visitation Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Desselle Funeral Home, 263 Eddie Robinson Sr. Dr., Baton Rouge. Visiting continues Saturday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 5276 Bullard Ave., New Orleans, from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. Goff, Pastor. Interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, New Orleans.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2012