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Mary L. Harris

January 7, 1926 August 26, 2012
Mary L. Harris
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Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital Mrs. Mary L. Harris quietly, sweetly and comfortably, with ease entered her journey to be with the Lord, leaving Shirley by her bedside, at 8:00 p.m., her mission completed. Better known to all as “Marylou”, she was born on January 7, 1926 to the union of James and Isabella Bland in Nottoway, Virginia where she resided her entire life.
She was educated in the Nottoway Public School System and retired from Burkeville Veneer Company, Inc. During her earlier years she learned how to fix hair and worked for Mark Oliver Funeral Home also. She loved this trade and had more customers in the community than she could serve in her time. She enjoyed cooking and her main dish was fried chicken and she was noted for her sweet potato pie orders each year around the holidays. Although cooking was at the top of her list in her likes, she would drop what she was doing to go fishing, even if it was everyday. Many, many, many hours of fishing days were spent on the pond with her friend Ida, to name a few. She won awards for her fish catching, even to make the local paper, a true trooper of fishing, her bucket never came home empty. In her spare time she did a little quilting. She loved gardening and always had a beautiful selection of vegetables each year. She also loved to plant flowers and her favorite were her house plants of many.
Marylou joined the Union Baptist Church at a very early age where she served on the usher board and helped wherever she could, remaining faithful to her church family, she traveled many places with the church, made many new friends, and never missed going to church, always sitting in her special seat, she loved her pastor. She would spend many good times sharing and talking about the bible, the word and the goodness of the Lord. If you wanted to know where to find the word in the Bible she was always able to tell you, even when she became ill and attended the Adult Day Care Center in Richmond everyday. When she became ill she resided at home and her second home with her daughter in Richmond, Virginia. She ran that house and let it be know that she had two.
She loved to drive and was noted for her entry with her red jeep wherever she went. Even the police would move to the side of the road. She loved gospel singing and her favorite singers were the Lewis Family. Her favorite song was “From Me To You” and she said “no one can sing it like Marvin Oliver and Pastor Coleman”.
Marylou was full of wisdom, humor and tell the truth sayings, and if you didn’t want the answer, it was best not to ask the question because you might not like the answer you were going to hear. In a special relationship of their own, Pastor Coleman shared many moments of laughter as well as her friends with her. She always enjoyed every service Pastor Coleman delivered. Marylou would often smile when she talked about being the second oldest member of Union Baptist Church and often talked about how the church took care of the widowers of the church. She often made a joke and said she and “Queen” (Ms. Martha Parker, the oldest) were the Queens. She never had membership anywhere else.
On February 22, 1950 she was joined in Holy Matrimony to her one love, Uless Dallie Harris, Sr., until his accidental death in 1969, married by Minister J. Bruce Rather, Hodges Boswell, clerk in the Circuit Court of Nottoway County.
Marylou, the last of her siblings, Edith, Nancy, Helen, Jake, David, William and Junior (deceased), leaves to cherish her life memories her children: Joyce Harris-Jones (Glenn) of New Jersey, Mattie Harris and Shirley Harris Hawkes, Evelyn Harris-Franklin (James) of Virginia; one son Uless Dallie Harris, Jr. of New Jersey; ten grandchildren, Kim Harris-Jones, Sheryl Harris, Danyel Greenhill, Benita Greenhill-Cary, Harvey Greenhill, Jr. (deceased), Solomon Harris, Uless Harris, Faith Harris, Devon Hawkes and Anthony Hawkes; six great grandchildren, Glennell Jones, K.J. and Kathlyn Cary, Christian and Alex Hawkes, Hassan Greenhill; four nieces, Shelia Williams and Ivy Fegan of Maryland, Mary Bland of Burkeville and a devoted Alma Lett (John) of Alabama; two nephew, Harvey Bland and Donald Mallory of Maryland, Harvey Greenhill of Dinwiddie; a host of great nieces, nephews and cousins. Bethel Baptist and Mt. Zion church, relatives-Fowlkes families.
Funeral Services Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 12:00 noon at Union Baptist Church, Crewe with interment in the Jackson Cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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