Minnie Kenlaw Harris


Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 920 N. Martin Luther King Blvd, Atlantic City NJ US 08401 Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, 1:00 pm

Obituary of Minnie Lossie Kenlaw Harris

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Minnie Lossie Kenlaw Harris was born to William and Minnie Kenlaw in the Fall of 1913, in Clinton, North Carolina. She was the third of their six children. She attended school in Clinton and remained there until the early 1930's when she and her sister, Ida Mae, moved to Atlantic City. After graduating from the Indiana Avenue Vocational Scholl, she became a seamstress and worked for the Swarthmore Family. Soon, thereafter, she met and married Charles Harris, (who deceased December 8, 1983), also from North Carolina. The couple had one child, DeVeria Lee. In the 1940's, she came in touch with Jehovah's Witnesses and began studying the Bible with Sister LaSane and attending meeting at the Kingdom Hall, located at Pennsylvania and Arctic Avenues. She soon came to know and love Jehovah. So she left Saint James Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. In 1951, she was baptized and soon became a regular pioneer, often walking from one end of Atlantic City to the other doing street work. Over the years, she aided many to draw close to Jehovah and to become one of His servants. Her Bible students called her "Miss Lossie." She had a kind, but stern manner of teaching the Truth. But it worked and many came to love Jehovah and came into the Truth. She had a host of friends, both young and old, over the years. Three come to mind: Jenell and Mike Demore, who were like her own children, and Mildred James, who has faithfully aided Minnie in staying in contact with her brother, Hawthorn Kenlaw, who turned ninety-nine years old in September. Sister Harris leaves to mourn her passing on October 13, 2010: daughter, DeVeria and husband, James Henry; granddaughter, Monica Lynn and husband, Jesse Johnson; three great-grandchildren, the twins, Ibn and Yvan, and their sister, Jesslyn – who were the joys of her life. She also leaves her older brother, Hawthorn Kenlaw; brother-in-law, Arthur Harris and sister-in-law, Dorothy Bell (nee Harris); and a host of nieces and nephews.
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