Rev. Edward Harris Obituary:
Funeral Date: 8/9/2004
Rev. Edward Whatley Harris, age 93, of Little Rock, Arkansas died Friday, August 6, at his home. He was born August 22, 1910 in Shreveport, Louisiana a son of the late George Edward Harris and Minnie Whatley Harris. He was a graduate of Texarkana Junior College, Emory University and the Candler School of Theology. He was licensed to preach at his home church 75 years ago in l929. Rev. Harris served congregations in Arkansas at Lockesburg, Stamps, Fordyce, Monticello, Conway, Texarkana, El Dorado, Pine Bluff and in Little Rock the Asbury United Methodist Church; in Louisiana he served as Baton Rouge District Superintendent and minister at Metarie; and in Missouri he served at Ferguson. Rev. Harris was the executive director of the Christian Civic Foundation of Arkansas from 1972 until his retirement in l982. In May 2004 he was inducted as a member of the “Corpus Cordis Aureum” (Golden Cord of the Heart) of Emory University. In 1979 Rev Harris and Daisy Bates were conferred honorary doctorates from Philander Smith College for work in the civil rights movement. Rev. Harris was a member of First United Methodist Church of Little Rock where he taught the Bethel Sunday School class. He is survived by his wife Mabel Martin Harris whom he married on October 2, 1941 at Warren, Ark; a daughter Elizabeth Livingston and spouse Dr. Richard, Little Rock, Ark; 3 grandchildren Connor Livingston, Andrew Livingston both of Little Rock, Ark and Susannah Greenberg, Laurel, Maryland; a great granddaughter Lily Greenberg, Laurel Maryland; a niece Gene Pierce, Little Rock, Ark. and nephews Robert Harris, Sachse, Tex. and William Grimes, Garland, Tex. A brother Eugene Harris and 2 sisters Thelma Grimes and Lena Mae Benge also preceded Rev. Harris in death. Funeral services were 2:00pm Monday August 9, at First United Methodist Church at Warren by Rev. Siegfried Johnson. Joye Splawn was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Andrew Livingston, Connor Livingston, William Grimes, Dr. Martin Fiser, Wesley Fiser and Eric Munson. Memorial services were 2:00pm Tuesday, August 10, at First United Methodist Church of Little Rock by The Reverend Dr. Michael L. Mattox. Rev. Harris was a man of strong convictions, moral courage and sustained devotion to God, family and friends. Memorials preferred to First United Methodist Church of Little Rock, 723 Center Street, Little Rock. 72201 or Camp Aldersgate, 2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72205.