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Obituary of Thelma Louise Harris
Evangelist Thelma Louise Harris "Thum" of Honolulu, Hawaii, and formerly of Vineland, New Jersey, was born March 8, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the John Wesley Jackson and Ella Lee Smith Jackson. She was the eldest daughter of seven children, and was educated in the Philadelphia City public school system. She grew up in a God-fearing home which set the foundation for her life.
Thelma's family relocated from Philadelphia to South Jersey. Living many years in the small town of Mizpah, New Jersey, where she would ultimately sacrifice her personal life to help raise four generations of children. In her own words, "I never had a chick nor child, but I dedicated my life to take care of other people's kids."
In her later years, she met and married Ralph C. Harris. She was a faithful servant of God and member of the Church of the Living God in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey; where her mother, Bishop Ella Jackson was Pastor and Overseer. She was an avid worker in the church her entire life and because of her faith she became an ordained evangelist in December of 1981, under her mother and brother-in-law, Elder Artist L. Palmer. After her mother's passing in 1986, she continued to preach the gospel for many years to come.
She had been employed for many years as a seamstress in the sewing industry. After her retirement, she continued to keep God first, raise children, work part-time at the Atlantic City International Airport and the Boys and Girls Club of Vineland, New Jersey. She attended Shiloh Baptist and Chestnut Assembly of God, both in Vineland, New Jersey. She enjoyed family gatherings, watching her churches on TV, going to the lake in the summer, gardening, sewing and shopping at thrift shops.
At the age of 85, she traveled to the Holy Lands in Jerusalem with the Day Star Fellowship, and she visited Ebenezer Baptist Church, of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Atlanta, Georgia. In March of 2021, at the blessed age of 97 years old, Thelma hopped on a plane and relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, with her great niece, Patricia Jackson where she would live out her last days visiting the north shore, eating Dole pineapple whip, and sitting on the lanai overlooking the mountain tops.
On Sunday, January 23, 2022, Evangelist Thelma Louise Harris heeded the sudden call of God and departed this life to begin the next phase of her walk with the Lord. She awaits the coming of the saints to join her in singing praises unto God, eternally!
Thelma was preceded in death by: her parents, John and Ella Jackson; brothers, Woodville and Thomas Jackson; sisters, Pauline Jackson and Helen Mitchell; sisters-in-law, Nettie and Margaret Jackson; brothers-in-law, Amos Mitchell and Artis L. Palmer.
She leaves to mourn and cherish her memory: her youngest sister, Beatrice Palmer of North Carolina; youngest brother, Horace Jackson of California; as well as five generations of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11AM, Monday, February 7, 2022, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 138 W. Wood Street, Vineland, NJ; where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Egg Harbor City Cemetery, 500 London Avenue, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.
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Time: Feb 7, 2022 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.