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E. Fred Harris

April 24, 1929December 23, 2020
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One of the greatest men of God, E. Fred Harris left this earth to be with his LORD and Savior December 23, 2020. He was born April 24, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest & Marion Harris, his sister Colleen Harris Nield, brother in law Wayne Brem and daughter in law, Patricia Burks Harris.

Fred is survived by his beautiful bride of 71 years, Mary Vann Harris; his two sons of Texarkana AR, Rodney F. Harris and Michael R. Harris; two daughters and sons in law, Cathy & Billy Shelton of Texarkana AR and Judy & Mike Wiles of Huntsville AL; one brother and sister in law, Joel & Merva Harris of Hutchins, TX; a sister and brother in law Ann & Cliff Marlar of Kerrville, TX; and sister Peggy Brem of Hooks TX; 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and a host of special friends.

Fred Harris was an incredible son, brother, husband, father, uncle, granddaddy & G-pop! He was loved by everyone who met him. He was a pastor, teacher, friend, hunter, and jokester. But first and foremost, he was a servant of the Most High God, a Christian, a Believer, a prayer warrior, a Bible scholar a retired pastor of 71 years and he loved Jesus so much and it showed in everything he did. He loved his family more that words could describe. And that was never more evident than at the end of his earthly life. During his final weeks, he told us over and over again how much he loved us, and he was sincere. He did not have to tell us, because we knew. We always knew. He would do anything for us, and we would do anything for him. We will miss him with all our hearts. But oh, were we ever blessed to have him for so long! He lived an incredible 91 years! He will be remembered by so many. He led countless souls to Jesus. He prayed daily for his family, friends and the kingdom. What an incredible legacy to leave behind. He loved his family, he loved all people, and he loved God and those of us who were blessed to have him in our lives are better for having known him.

Memorial service will be 1 P.M. Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Church on the Rock with ministers from Church on the Rock officiating.

Condolences may be left at www.eastfuneralhomes.com

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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Evelyn Reed

December 31, 2020

Fred was special to me because his sister, Peggy, was my best friend since we were five years old. I followed his life as I grew up. He was a wonderful guy and example to us. I heard him preach many times. He was such a servant for God! I feel blessed that I was able to know him and his family. I could not attend the funeral because I have COVID.
May God bless your family,
Evelyn House Reed

Barbra Monroe

December 30, 2020

He knew my aunt really well and had a good testimony of following Jesus. My aunt Tela Barnes. Wonderful family.

Chrys Capshaw

December 30, 2020

Mary and Family, I am so, so sad that I can’t meet you in person for Fred’s Memorial service. Fred, Joel, Ann and Peggy are all first cousins of my mother, Wanda Harris Johnson, who passed away in 2019. We were blessed you were able to be there for her funeral, and nothing would have made me happier than to attend Fred’s. We are awaiting a COVID test result tomorrow, and the last thing I want to do is compromise anyone. As I saw these beautiful photos, a flood of family memories came to me....all wonderful ones. My granddad, Ardel, would bring me to Ernest and Marian’s to visit while he, my grandmother, and the two of them would visit. My mother’s favorite cousins were Fred and Joel, Ann and Peggy. I know a great reunion in heaven is being celebrated. Sending my love and prayers for comfort in this time of loss......Chrys

Doylia Mills

December 29, 2020

Larry and I met Pastor Fred and Mrs. Mary in 2018, shortly after moving to Texarkana. We immediately felt like we were part of their family. I loved talking to them and learned some nugget of truth each time we spoke.
When our life group celebrated Pastor Fred's 90th birthday last year, we presented the birthday cake and sang to him. Then, it was his turn to make a wish and blow out the candles, instead he started praying for us. He thanked God for our love and friendship. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. Such a precious man.
My only regret is that I didn't meet Pastor Fred sooner.
Sincerely, Doylia Mills

Jerry Moorhead

December 28, 2020

So sorry to hear of Brother Fred's passing. He was a very humble man of God. He did the baby dedication for our oldest granddaughter seventeen years ago. Pam and I feel blessed to have known him. And we know we will see him again some day. Our prayers are with Mary and the family.

Brian Tomney

December 28, 2020

Cathy, I am thinking of you and family during this very challenging time. You are surrounded by people who love and care for you, your mom, and the rest of your family. May that thought bring you some peace and may happy memories fill you with joy.

All my best,
Brian

Jeanette McLeod

December 27, 2020

Tom and I were blessed to know and love this wonderful , Godly, merciful and kind man..Always steady in his Christian example, he made a powerful impact on all who knew him. He made this world a sweeter place. Prayers and love to Mary and his family.

Dr neil & felicia Carmony

December 27, 2020

Tamii Whitworth

December 26, 2020

Fred has always been like the father I never had. His faith is strong and is evident in all the people he touched. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten. I will remember all he taught me and never forget.

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