Mr. Samuel B. Harris, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday January 12, 2020 at his home in Midway, Georgia. The Richmond Hill native was the second of ten children of the late Samuel and Corine Harris. Harris grew up on a small farm on Harris Trail surrounded by his siblings and cousins.
He graduated from George Washington Carver High School and began his college education at Savannah State College where he met his wife Gladyse White. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Science from Savannah State College (University) and began teaching in Pierce County, Georgia. In 1963, Harris joined his wife where they both taught at Liberty County High School. He taught Biology and coached the Boys' Basketball team. In 1965, LCHS Boys' Basketball Team won the State Championship . In 1969, he transferred to Bradwell Institute where he taught Biology and coached basketball and football. He became Assistant Principal in 1972 and worked faithfully until his retirement in 1996.
Harris followed his passion for athletics coaching for the Liberty County Rec. Department and officiating for many years.
Harris furthered his education at Georgia Southern University, University of Colorado and received a Master's Degree in Administration from Atlanta University.
Harris served his community in the following capacities: Liberty County Hospital Board and the Liberty County Election Board. He is a member of Midway Congregational Church, Alph Phi Alpha Fraternity, NAACP, Retired Teachers Association and Hinesville Hall of Fame.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Gladyse White Harris, his parents Samuel and Corine Harris, his siblings Charles Harris and Thelma Harris Campbell.
He is survived by his two sons, Anthony O. Harris, Hinesville, GA and Andra (Lydia) Harris, Richmond Hill, GA, three brothers: Allen(Diana) Harris, Jacob(Sherrie) Harris, Joseph Harris all of Savannah, GA, three sisters: Mary Harris, Mamie Harris of Savannah, GA and Stella Lataillade, of New York City. Five grandchildren: Anthony O. Duncan of Savannah, Andra II (Dee-Anna) Harris of Atlanta, GA, Armain Sr. (Brittany) Harris of Jacksonville, FL, Nia Howard of Atlanta, GA and Gabrielle Harris of Richmond Hill, GA. Great-Grands: Armain Harris, Jr., Avan Harris, Dakota Harris, AnnDrew Harris, Tonasia, Zyan, An'tonese and Anthony Duncan. Nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Visitation: Friday, January 17, 2020, 4:00pm-7:00pm at Midway Congregational Church, 8815 East Oglethorpe Highway, Midway, GA 31320
Funeral Service: Saturday January 18, 2020, 11:00am at Midway Middle School Gymnasium, 425 Edgewater Drive, Midway, GA 31320. In -state - 9:00 am at Midway School Gymnasium.
Interment: Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 16525 GA Highway 144, Richmond Hill, GA 31326.
Professional services entrusted to Bynes-Royall Funeral Home
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