Rev. Dr. Ellsworth Harris, Jr., our beloved Pastor, Husband, Father, Friend and Mentor transitioned from labor to reward on Friday, May 8, 2020. Rev. Harris served in the U.S. Armed Forces and was a Vietnam War Veteran. He was an active alumnus of the Walter L. Cohen Senior High School Alumni Association. Dr. Ellsworth was a lifelong participant in the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Rev. Harris was also a long time member and most recently the Louisiana State President of the Improved Benevolent Order of the Elks of the World and a retiree of the Southern University System. Being raised in a religious family environment, his learned skills were shared with churches, organizations, and educational institutions in multiple forms across the country and abroad. Rev. Harris was an accomplished servant of God, and the one gift which was most dear to his heart was an enviable ability to promulgate the Word of God through teaching. Dr. Harris served faithfully and untiringly at Vineyard Missionary Baptist Church to restore his father's founding church following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Many have been blessed under his shepherding care. He was always steadfast in his service to the Lord. Rev. Harris leaves to cherish his devoted wife - Felicia Lovince Harris; two children - Deanna Harris-Bolden (Cherry) and Erroll J. Harris (Sheena); five siblings - Janice Harris (Donald), Joseph Johnson, Jr. (Ruby), Deborah Harris Roberts (Johnny), Karen Harris Barnes, and Aaron Harris, Sr; eleven grandchildren - Cheriana Bolden-Reese (Markese), Chuan Bolden, Anthony Bolden, Sr., Chetaja Bolden, Chenee' Bolden, Kelilah Harris, Errielle Harris, Amani Toomer, Jr., Avery Toomer, Tyriq Javery, and Terry Javery; two great grandchildren - Markese Reese, Jr., and Anthony Bolden, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and church family. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Visitation on Friday, May 15, 2020, at New Birth MBC, 3320 Louisa St, NOLA 70126, from 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. (masks are required to attend). A private family Homegoing Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Vineyard MBC, 2401 Piety St., NOLA 70117, at 11:00 A.M. Interment at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 34888 Grantham College Dr., Slidell, LA 70460. For the continued work of Rev. Dr. Ellsworth Harris, Jr., in lieu of flowers heartfelt donations can be made to Vineyard MBC Youth Department, P.O. Box 2825, Gretna, LA 70054.
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