Mary Martin Harris

September 22, 1924April 28, 2019

Mary Martin Harris, 94, of LaGrange, GA went to be with the Lord from her home on Sunday, April 28, 2019 after several years of declining health.

Mrs. Harris was born September 22, 1924 in Fort Valley, GA to the late Charles Edwin Martin and Eliza Pope Hill Martin. She was a graduate of LaGrange College (BA, 1946; M.Ed., 1981) and a retired English and Music teacher with the Troup County School System. She served as a Bible teacher and pianist throughout her adult life. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Arthur William Harris.

She is survived by her daughters Sally Harris Thompson and husband Rick, Cathy Harris Hester and Tyre; son Arthur William “Bill” Harris, Jr. and Alice, grandchildren David Thompson and wife Monica, Elisabeth Thompson White and Chris, Carol Thompson Crews and Jordan, Mark Thompson and Aarika, Beth Hester Brewer and Andy, Laura Hester Self and Jacob, Melissa Hester, Caroline Harris Thornton and Stephen, Charlotte Harris, Sarah Harris, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 PM at Shadowlawn Cemetery in LaGrange, immediately followed by a Visitation at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gideons International at Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • Arthur William and Alice Harris Jr., Son
  • Sally Harris and Rick Thompson, Daughter
  • Cathy Harris and Tyre Hester, Daughter
  • David and Monica Thompson, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth and Chris White, Grandchild
  • Carol and Jordan Crews, Grandchild
  • Mark and Aarika Thompson, Grandchild
  • Beth and Andy Brewer, Grandchild
  • Laura and Jacob Self, Grandchild
  • Melissa Hester, Grandchild
  • Caroline and Stephen Thornton, Grandchild
  • Charlotte Harris, Grandchild
  • Sarah Harris, Grandchild
  • Mrs. Harris leaves behind 14 Great grandchildren to cherish her memory.



  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019


  • Burial, The Gathering of Family and Friends


Mary Martin Harris

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Sally Crews

May 5, 2019

I remember many pleasant times at the Harris house as a child-from "spend the night parties" to quiet Sunday afternoons. . I regret that we as children did not take the time to truly get to know the parents of our friends as people and not just as "Moms and Dads", but I still remember what a strong Christian influence Mrs. Harris was, and what a wonderful role model of treating people with love and respect. I also regret losing touch with friends: Cathy, Sally and Bill you are all in my prayers.
Sally Cadenhead Crews

Patty Smith

May 1, 2019

Some of the greatest moments with you were when we sat and held hands while listening to classical music or watching HallMark movies having our frosties before bed. Sitting in the glider just enjoying the beauitful day. You taught me about how God truely wanted us to live each day. To live our lives and lead by example for our children. You are the most precious lady with a great sense of humor. I will miss you greatly but know you are at peace. Sweet lady, thank you. Rest in peace!

Caren Hammock

April 30, 2019

Mrs. Mary, You were such a joy to care for. All of the times we spent together watching Hallmark movies, reading, having devotion and praying together will forever linger in my heart. It was so easy to love you! I thank God for allowing me to meet such a precious lady.

Anita Hewett

April 30, 2019

Ms.Mary I’ll always remember our conversations together. How we had our own bible studies on Sunday following a good movie. We enjoyed eating ice cream and Hershey kisses together. It was a real honor to have the opportunity to care for you in your last few years here with us. I love you and thank you. RIP 🙏❤️

Teresa Steel

April 29, 2019

Miss Mary, I was saddened to hear of your passing. You will forever be in my heart my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed your visit to CFA on Friday’s after having your hair done. You are a sweet, precious woman whom I adored immensely. Go rest now my friend 🙏❤️