Celebrating the life of Rev. Samuel Harris
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Samuel L Harris’ life journey began on November 29, 1931 in Webb, MS (Tallahatchie County)
to the late Rev. Daniel & Mrs. Bessie Harris. Samuel was the 7th child out of 13. Samuel was
affectionately known as “Sambo” by his parents and “Sammie” by those who loved him.
Samuel confessed a hope in Christ at the age of 5 years old. He was called to the ministry at the age of 13. He accepted his call at the age of 29. He was licensed to carry the Gospel at the Willing Workers Baptist Church in Memphis, TN on May 22, 1960.
Samuel was a scholar of the Rosenwald school now known as Rosa Fort High in Tunica, MS.
Samuel was united in marriage to Jessie Mae Garner in Little Texas in Tunica County on
December 24, 1949. To this union, 9 children were born.
Samuel later moved to Memphis, TN where he was employed by KIMCO Auto Parts. He held
the position of Supervisor for many years and was known to many as “Rev” or “Shawty Red”
until he began to Pastor full time. He established the Israelite Baptist Church in 1986, where he was the Senior Servant until his death.
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