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Jessie V. Harris

May 29, 1943 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 78)


Life Reflection for Jessie V. Harris

Jessie Vernetta Harris was born on May 29, 1943 to the late Rebbie Gray and James Harrison in Spring Grove, Virginia.


She was educated in the Sussex Country Virginia School system until she moved to Philadelphia in 1953. She received her high school diploma from Kensington High School in 1961. 


In 1963, Jessie married the love of her life, Orlando E. Harris who preceded her in death. From their union, they were blessed with two children: Lorenzo Harris and Elizabeth Brown.


Jessie began her Christian journey at Monumental Baptist Church, then later joined St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in 1991. Finally, in 2016 she reaffirmed her faith at First Baptist Church of Crestmont.


Jessie worked for the Philadelphia School District and the Abington School District from which she retired in 2009 after 21 years of service. As a devoted mother and grandmother, she loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren including going to the movies, amusement parks, trips to visit family in Virginia, summer day camp trips, restaurants and much more! She loved sharing stories about her childhood, family history and loved to spend time with friends and loved ones. Jessie was full of love, life and laughter!


Jessie leaves a legacy of love to her family: one son, Lorenzo Harris (Sandra), one daughter Elizabeth Brown (Walter); two brothers, Alonzo Lee, Sr. of Atlanta, Georgia and Joseph Lee of Columbus, Georgia; six grandchildren Kevin Harris, Ashley Brown, James Harris (who preceded in death), Walter Brown, Cory Harris, and Blair Brown; three great-grandchildren Chase Harris, Peyton Harris and Arianna Bacon; two nephews Alonzo Lee, Jr. and Elijah Lee of Phoenix, Arizona; two nieces N’keyma Lee and Alysia Lee of Atlanta, Georgia; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.


Lovingly Submitted,

The Family

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March 1, 2022

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Crestmont
1678 Fairview Avenue
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Celebration of Life
March 1, 2022

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Crestmont
1678 Fairview Avenue
Willow Grove, PA 19090


Ivy Hill Cemetery
1201 Easton Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19150

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