The Life & Legacy
Deacon Felix Harris
Deacon Felix Harris was born on February 4, 1932, to the late William and Isabelle Harris, Sr. He grew up in Chatham County, GA where he was lovingly known to his family and friends as “Sonny Boy”, a name so befitting because of his warm, humble, and kind spirit that brightened everyone’s day. Sonny Boy was the neighborhood handyman, providing complimentary, yet skilled work for his church and fellow residents.
Deacon Harris attended public school in Chatham County and worked in the bowling and hospitality industries to support his siblings. He later joined the Army and was deployed to Korea in the Signal Corp for 14 months as a troubleshooter. After serving in the Army for 3 1/2 years, he returned to Savannah and worked for Atlas Metal for 20 years, and Dulaney Industries for 21 years. Upon his retirement from these industries, Deacon Harris was profiled and recognized as an employee dedicated to safety, productivity, and the well-being of his co-workers.
Respected as one of the best amateur bowlers in Savannah, Deacon Harris possessed the skills to become a professional bowler and won many tournaments. However, his proudest moment in his life occurred on December 19, 1961, when he married the love of his life, Marilyn Freeman Harris. Affectionately known to him as “Mae”, Deacon Harris and Mae were inseparable and happily married for more than 50 years until her passing on January 12, 2012. They both were faithful members of Central Missionary Baptist Church. For nearly six decades, Deacon Harris was very active, inside and outside his church, and served devotedly until his health began to decline.
Deacon Harris passed away in the comfort of his home during the early morning hours of July 10, 2021. He leaves a rich legacy for his family and friends to remember. Those left to carry on his legacy and to treasure his memory are his son, Darryl Harris, Sr. (Loretta) of Jacksonville, FL; daughters, Arlecia Pope (Antonio Sr.) of Savannah, GA, and Bernice Harris of Savannah, GA; grandchildren, Antonio Pope, Jr. of Morgantown, WV, Darryl Harris, Jr. (Samantha) of Jacksonville, FL, Tanika Cooper (Curtis) of Lillington, NC, Malcolm Pope of Honolulu, HI, Myles Harris of Jacksonville, FL, and Rhonda Harris who preceded him in death; great-grandchildren, Caliya Cooper, Londyn Pope, Lakyn Pope, Malcolm Pope, Jr., Camiya Cooper and Messiah Pope; sister, Lillian Dean Griffin of Savannah, GA; sisters-in-law Linda Postell of Peachtree City, GA, and Beverly Ball (Stanley Sr.) of Peachtree City, GA; devoted nephew, Randy Freeman; and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. (NASB1995)
Public viewing will be held 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, 2021 in the Chapel of Campbell & Sons Funeral Home, 124 W. Park Ave., Savannah, GA. 31401. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Oak Grove Cemetery, 52nd Street & Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA. 31404.
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