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Deacon Elmore  Harris

Memorial for Deacon Elmore Harris

Born in Washington County, Texas on Feb. 1, 1922
Departed on May 4, 2010 and resided in Taylor, TX.
Service: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
2:00 pm
Cemetery: Taylor City Cemetery
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Deacon Elmore Harris was the youngest of six girls and three boys born to Joe Harris and Permelia Hurd Harris in Washington County, Texas. His wife ruby, both parents and all of his siblings preceded him in death.

He attended public school in Washington County. In the early 1940's Deacon Harris married the love of his life Ruby Anderson and to this union one son, Donald Ray, was born.

Deacon Harris valiantly served his country in the United States Army during World War II in an Engineering Battalion. He received numerous medals and citations including the EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze stars, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and two Overseas Service Bars. He was inducted and discharged at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He was still an active member of V.F.W. Post 4476 of Taylor upon his passing.

Upon returning from his tour of duty with the United States Army, Deacon Harris, still a young man, united with the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized by the late Rev. Hosea Dolphus in Taylor, Texas. Deacon Harris became an ordained deacon in 1982 and was appointed Chairman of the Deacon Board. He also chaired the Trustee Board, sang in the Male Chorus and Senior Choir, served as a teacher for the brotherhood and Sunday School and served his church faithfully until his health began to fail.

It is widely known that Deacon Harris was a career railroad man. He was a track foreman for many years. The bulk of his 41 years of railroading service was spent with the now defunct Missouri Pacific Santa Fe Railway. Sometimes his work requird him to travel, but he always found a way to maintain contact with his family and with Mount Calvary. He remained an Avid Railroader in retirement and even in declining health, he frequently checked his watch (railroad approved, of course) to see whether the trains were running on schedule. He also, not surprisingly, critiques their efforts to see if they measured up to the "proper standards."

Deacon Harris leaves to cherish precious memories, his son Don of California; two grandsons, Donald and Dana both of California; one great granddaughter , Kristina of California; many nieces, nephews, and other beloved relatives and friends.

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