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Mr. James Matthew Harris
September 18, 1936 ~ September 14, 2022 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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" Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare place foryou, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Mr. James Matthew Harris, a Savannah native transitioned peacefully at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law on Wednesday morning September 14, 2022 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Deacon James Matthew Harris was born to Herbert and Cora Harris on September 18, 1936, in Richmond Hill, Georgia. He attended George Washington Carver High School; after graduation he proudly joined the United States Army and later graduated from Savannah Vocational School (now Savannah Technical College). He retired as a Machinist from Union Camp after 35 years of service.
Mr. Harris later received a gift from God when he met the love of his life and future wife, Mrs. Geraldine Handsom of Twin City, Georgia. The Harris’s officiated their union on April 2, 1960; welcoming three children into the world.
Mr. Harris led his family to know the Lord and was a proud Deacon and Member of Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia, founded by his Grandfather London Harris. Deacon Harris was known for his Powerful and Inspirational Words, Encouragement and Kind Heart. He could always be found in his beloved garden, honing his craft as a general contractor, volunteering at the church and mentoring young people. With the support of his siblings, he lovingly cared for his father and mother until they went on the glory.
James Matthew Harris was a respected member of the Savannah, Richmond Hill and Sandy Springs, Georgia Communities. He is survived by his wife Geraldine Handsom Harris.
Siblings: Ruth Mae Harris-Coleman (Deceased); Herbert Harris (Deceased); Mildred Harris-Hall; Julia Ann Harris-Coleman; Richard Franklin Harris (Deceased); Margaret Harris-Jones and Daniel Harris.
Children: Darrell Wayne Harris; Angela Marie Harris-Gill and Kelvin Ashley Harris (Daughter In-Love Nakisha M. Harris).
Grand Children: Brandise Taylor (Grandson In-Love Walter Taylor); Ashley Shirelle Harris-McNeely (Grandson In-Love Alexander W. McNeely); London Tyler Harris (Granddaughter In-Love Kennedy Harris); Englyn Alise Harris; Antwan Garrett; Ah’Yajsha ( “Lucy” ) Middleton; Matthew Harris; Nyriah Garrett; Theyron Garrett; Jonathan Harris and Makiyah Lauren Scott.
Extended Family: Numerous Nephews, Nieces, and the Entire Handsom Family.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am Saturday September 17th, 2022 at Bryan Neck Baptist Church Richmond Hill, Georgia. Interment Bryan Neck Baptist Church cemetery. Public viewing 3-6:00 pm Friday September 16th at the Chapel of Bynes-Royall.
Repast will be held at Belhaven 1000 Belfast River Road, Richmond Hill, Georgia.
Live streaming for for service will be on our Bynes-Royall, Inc Facebook Page.
Professional service entrusted to Bynes-Royall Funeral Home.