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Whitten Timberlake Chapel

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OBITUARY

Connie W. Harris

October 4, 1932January 13, 2020
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Constance “Connie” Rucker Wilkerson Harris, 87, of Lynchburg completed her journey here on earth and was called home on Monday, January 13, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Hylton Rucker Wilkerson and the late Elsie Rafferty Wilkerson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Loflin Harris; a son, Randy Eugene Harris; a daughter, Judy Renee’ Johnson Barker; and a sister, Polly Pickrel Newman Andrus.

She attended Sandy Bottom Christian Church as a child. She joined Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church as an adult and faithfully served there for many years. Connie was born October 4, 1932, in Madison Heights. Having never met a stranger, she loved talking to new people and seeing new places. After graduating from Virginia Commercial College, Connie worked at Lynchburg Loan Society. She met her future husband, Gene Harris, at a square dance in downtown Lynchburg. After the birth of her first child, Randy, she chose to be a homemaker. She loved nice spring days when she could hang out laundry on her clothes line. She had so many friends and good neighbors. After Gene retired in 1990, she would travel with him to Nashville, Orlando, and many bluegrass festivals.

She leaves two children to cherish her memory, Ricky Harris (Kay) residing in Godwin, NC and Susan Tedder (Bill) residing in Mechanicsville, VA. Connie leaves eight grandchildren, Tim, Ben and Joseph Johnson; Samantha (Corey) Rogers; Jonathan Harris; Breonna Plants (Devin); Derrick Tedder and Stephanie Barker. Connie leaves one great granddaughter, Alyssa Rogers.

The family extends special thanks to Chip Layne, Ruth Dinkins, Minnie Garrett, Sandy Spencer, Kay Allen, Dee Blackstock, Mary Johnson, Mark and Patsy Holt, Eddie Holt, Wray Coleman, Gary and Carolyn Harris, Betsy and Pete Hamlett, Linda Collins, Becky and Donald Simmons, Priscilla Mensah, Jessica Richmond and her mom Wanda, Aron Hackworth, Brenda and Melvin Scott, Cecelia Lawson and Roger Layne. If the family has forgotten to mention someone who helped, please forgive us. Thanks also to Connie’s cardiologist, Dr. Schietinger and his staff, especially, Alicia Boggs, PA. Thanks as well to Dr. Prahinski, Dr. Farrago, Christine Creasy, LGH and Senior Independence Hospice. A tremendous thanks to Barbara Miller and her excellent CNA’s with Elite Care Services, Donna Smith, Elizabeth Jackson, Ethel Rucker, Tiffany Hurtte, Sharon Cash and Lisa Lyman who have been so good to Connie. Barbara, Donna and Liz have been there since the beginning two years ago. They made it possible for Connie to stay at home during her illness.

A funeral service will be conducted 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020 at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Liz Ecklund officiating. Interment will follow at Virginia Memorial Park in Forest, VA. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

Memorial contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to Elite Care Services at 3721 South Amherst Hwy., Madison Heights, VA 24572. These will be used to assist elderly patients in need.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.

  • FAMILY

  • Hylton Rucker Wilkerson, Father (deceased)
  • Elsie Rafferty Wilkerson, Mother (deceased)
  • Eugene Loflin Harris, Husband (deceased)
  • Randy Eugene Harris, Son (deceased)
  • Judy Renee' Johnson Barker, Daughter (deceased)
  • Polly Pickrel Newman Andrus, Sister (deceased)
  • Ricky Harris, Son
  • Kay Harris, Daughter-in-law
  • Susan Tedder, Daughter
  • Bill Tedder, Son-in-law
  • Tim Johnson, Grandson
  • Ben Johnson, Grandson
  • Joseph Johnson, Grandson
  • Samntha Rogers & Corey, Granddaughter
  • Jonathan Harris, Grandson
  • Breonna Harris & Devin, Granddaughter
  • Derrick Tedder, Grandson
  • Stephanie Barker, Granddaughter
  • Alyssa Rogers, Great Granddaughter
  • Connie also leaves behind to cherish her memory a host of other loving family members and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tim Johnson
  • Ben Johnson
  • Joseph Johnson
  • Jonathan Harris
  • Derrick Tedder
  • Mark Holt
  • Eddie Holt
  • Chip Layne
  • Preston Wilkerson, Honorary
  • Dee Blackstock, Honorary
  • Donald Simmons, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • Elite Care Services

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020

Memories

Connie W. Harris

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Joan Deal (Gibson)

January 17, 2020

Susan and family, I’m sorry to learn of the passing of your sweet mother. My memories of her are of her joyous smiling face. I pray that you will find comfort at this time. Joanie Gibson Deal

Lee (Ruby) Holland

January 16, 2020

Mrs. Harris was my twin sister's (Ruth Dinkins) second mom. She visited and loved her for many years and I had the pleasure of visiting some and meeting her. Ruth will miss and always love her. I remember going with my twin and taking Mrs. Harris shopping. Her smile was contagious and she loved people. However, she was not good at receiving shopping gifts from us. But she did finally give in and accepted our actions of love for her. We also went to see Mrs. Harris in the hospital multiple times. Ruth was her hero.
I am so happy to have had the honor of meeting such a classy, loving lady. I can't wait to see you again Mrs. Harris in Heaven.

Love, Lee

Kim Lewis

January 16, 2020

Included with those left to cherish her memory are Connie’s brother Preston G. Wilkerson Sr. from Orlando, FL and sister Becky Simmons (Donnie) from Mechanicsville, VA. With her in her final days, they were able to reminisce about childhood memories and lovingly witnessed her passing. Precious moments that will be forever in their hearts.

Glenn & Sheri Whorley

January 15, 2020

Ricky, Kay, Susan, Bill and entire family.
Wanting you to know that we join you in mourning the loss of your sweet mom. She will be missed by all that knew her. Praying God will keep each of you in His hands as you begin this new journey without her. Will continue to keep you each in our prayers in the next days, weeks, and months ahead.
Prayers,

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Biography

Constance “Connie” Rucker Wilkerson Harris, 87, of Lynchburg completed her journey here on earth and was called home on Monday, January 13, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Hylton Rucker Wilkerson and the late Elsie Rafferty Wilkerson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Loflin Harris; a son, Randy Eugene Harris; a daughter, Judy Renee’ Johnson Barker; and a sister, Polly Pickrel Newman Andrus.

She attended Sandy Bottom Christian Church as a child. She joined Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church as an adult and faithfully served there for many years. Connie was born October 4, 1932, in Madison Heights. Having never met a stranger, she loved talking to new people and seeing new places. After graduating from Virginia Commercial College, Connie worked at Lynchburg Loan Society. She met her future husband, Gene Harris, at a square dance in downtown Lynchburg. After the birth of her first child, Randy, she chose to be a homemaker. She loved nice spring days when she could hang out laundry on her clothes line. She had so many friends and good neighbors. After Gene retired in 1990, she would travel with him to Nashville, Orlando, and many bluegrass festivals.

She leaves two children to cherish her memory, Ricky Harris (Kay) residing in Godwin, NC and Susan Tedder (Bill) residing in Mechanicsville, VA. Connie leaves eight grandchildren, Tim, Ben and Joseph Johnson; Samantha (Corey) Rogers; Jonathan Harris; Breonna Plants (Devin); Derrick Tedder and Stephanie Barker. Connie leaves one great granddaughter, Alyssa Rogers.

The family extends special thanks to Chip Layne, Ruth Dinkins, Minnie Garrett, Sandy Spencer, Kay Allen, Dee Blackstock, Mary Johnson, Mark and Patsy Holt, Eddie Holt, Wray Coleman, Gary and Carolyn Harris, Betsy and Pete Hamlett, Linda Collins, Becky and Donald Simmons, Priscilla Mensah, Jessica Richmond and her mom Wanda, Aron Hackworth, Brenda and Melvin Scott, Cecelia Lawson and Roger Layne. If the family has forgotten to mention someone who helped, please forgive us. Thanks also to Connie’s cardiologist, Dr. Schietinger and his staff, especially, Alicia Boggs, PA. Thanks as well to Dr. Prahinski, Dr. Farrago, Christine Creasy, LGH and Senior Independence Hospice. A tremendous thanks to Barbara Miller and her excellent CNA’s with Elite Care Services, Donna Smith, Elizabeth Jackson, Ethel Rucker, Tiffany Hurtte, Sharon Cash and Lisa Lyman who have been so good to Connie. Barbara, Donna and Liz have been there since the beginning two years ago. They made it possible for Connie to stay at home during her illness.

A funeral service will be conducted 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020 at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Liz Ecklund officiating. Interment will follow at Virginia Memorial Park in Forest, VA. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

Memorial contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to Elite Care Services at 3721 South Amherst Hwy., Madison Heights, VA 24572. These will be used to assist elderly patients in need.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.