Fannie Mae Stavis Harris, 82, earthly journey came to a sudden end on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at her home. Born on March 3, 1932, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late William Stavis and Mary Ann Stavis Jackson.
Fannie was educated in the Sumter County public schools system. She worked as a housekeeper for many years. She was a faithful member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Rembert, where she served on the choir, missionary board, hospitality committee and captain of Homecoming committee. She later moved her membership to Greater Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter, where she continued to serve in the House of God until her health failed.
Fannie was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She was a fun loving and outgoing person who enjoyed being in the company others. Fannie never met a stranger. She always had a kind word to share. Fannie’s faith in God shined from the inside out, allowing her to share her unselfish love that God bestowed upon her to everyone she met.
Fannie was united in marriage to the late Frank Harris. From this union nine children were born. She was preceded in death by one son, Steven Harris, and two daughters, Deloris Harris and Jannie Johnson.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories: four daughters, Geraldine Weathers, Ethel H. Major (Simon), Elizabeth English, all of Sumter and Gladys Harris of Rembert; two sons, Frankie Harris (Tawana) of Washington, DC and John Harris (Charlene) of Rembert; five sisters, Bertha Canady, Janice Watts, Marion Redmon, Sarah Jackson and Joyce Stuckey, and one brother, Albert Jackson, all of Jacksonville, FLA; a special grandson/son, Bobby J. Harris (Edna); twenty six grandchildren; thirty seven great grandchildren; a special niece/daughter, Carolyn Ritter; two adopted daughters, Betty McCall and Ellarene Dawson; one adopted son, Darrell Price; two devoted caregivers, Fredricka Harris and Wendy Maple; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends who admired and loved her dearly.
She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Gussie and Willie Johnson III; one sister, Frances Pickens; two brothers, Steven Stavis and Richard Jackson, and a son-in-law, Willie Johnson, Jr.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Greater Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 609 Miller Road, Sumter, with Bishop Marvin Hodge, Sr., pastor, eulogist, assisted by Minister Carolyn Sanders, Minister Larry Wright and Pastor Bryan Smalls.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 6300 Dinkins Mill Road, Rembert.
The procession will leave from the home at 1:20 p. m.
Flower bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Greater Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Rembert.