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Arlene O. Harris


Sunrise: July 2, 1936

Sunset: November 17, 2020

Sister Arlene Harris was born July 2, 1936 to the late George Dorsett, Sr. and Frances Dorsett. She is survived by her husband, James Harris; her children, Sylvester Murray (Alberta), Phoebe Wilson, Mark McCall (Tonya), Diedra Williams (Junius), Alice Reese, and Jannette Carter (Phillip).

Arlene dedicated her life to Jehovah God. She loved talking to everyone she came in contact with. helping them to get to know Jehovah as well. She was a nurse of many years and was loved by so many. Her life was being a nurturer and teacher. Her favorite scriptures were Hebrews 13:6 and Revelation 21:3-4.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Frances Elliott; brother, Ervin Dorsett, and sisters, Birdie Mae Eleazer and Phoebe Dorsett. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Oneka (Jerome), Jay (Michelle), Rason, Gyrell, Jannette, Monica, Darrell, Mark, Jr., Derrick, Arlene, Dayvon, Keria, James (Heather), Shaquana, Deshawn, Sheria, Keona, Brandon, Donesha, Shelia, and James “Snapper”; brothers, Theodore Dorsett, George Dorsett, Jr., Michael Dorsett, Timothy Dorsett; special mention of her granddaughter, who she called her company, Nyasia; special great grandchildren, Davion, Nadareus, and Janiya; best friends for many years, Bertha Ricks, Gloria Riddick, Mary Wells and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing Friday, November 27, 2020 2:00pm- 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Saturday, November 28, 2020 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    ALTON L KNIGHT says

    SENDING HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU GUYS

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      Jacquelyn Hatch says

      Janette you and your family are in my prayers. You have my condolences, there is no words that can express what you are dealing with during your loss. May your days get easier to cope with your loss.

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    Stephanie Wright Baker says

    Praying for your family

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    Diedra Williams says

    To my loving Mom i will miss you forever Arlene Harris i love You this seems so unreal what am i to do with out you our talks our laughs we had most of all the love you had for me not only me all of your children/ grandchildren. We will forever miss and love you 💔💔💔Rest mommy until we meet again Your daughter Diedra😭😭😭❤❤❤❤

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    Niecy white says

    To the family yall have my deepest condolences sending prayers comfort and strength to you all r.i.heaven Mrs. Arlene Harris

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    The Cosby Family says

    To the Harris family during your great loss. We didn’t know Sister Harris for very long, but long enough to discern that she was a generous-hearted, loving person! We look forward to getting to know her better in the new world to come under God’s Kingdom when “he will wipe the tears from all faces, and there will be no more death, nor crying nor pain” (Revelation 21:3,4). Stay safe and well.

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    Regina Dawson says

    To the Harris family, allow me to express my condolences, and to say. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Arlene, your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, my spiritual sister and dear friend. I am at a loss for words, because we kept in touch with each other for many years after I had moved out of the area. I had just sent her a text message not knowing that she had left us. She always had kind words, to say, and a scripture to give from God’s Word the Bible to help others cope with any situation. She had love for Jehovah God, Christ Jesus her family and friends. May it help to know that others care deeply and will always remember you with special thoughts.
    Death is an enemy, and God has told us in his Word the Bible…, , “And the last enemy death is to be brought to nothing” (1Corinthians 15:26).

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    Brad and Pat Hooker says

    Dear Family,
    So sorry for your lost. Sister Harris always had a smile. Even if she didn’t feel good, she was pleasant.We know the hope she believed in. So we know we will see her smiling face again real soon. Let us do our part in serving Jehovah so we will see her again.. John 5: 28,29 ” …All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

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    Sharon Meredith says

    Dear Family,
    First,my deepest sympathy to you. I loved this lady so much.She had become such a staple in my life and son. I been lost for words to even Express to you what she meant to my family. She had so much grace, love , kindness for others. I will forever hold a light for her in my heart. I will keep praying for your family n sending Mr Harris love and strength his way. BLESSINGS..

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    Chris Brame says

    Dear Pheobie and family. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and my longtime friend and sister. It was so nice finding Arlene again after my many travels to different states in the country. I’ve enjoyed our talks and time together. I look forward to the time when “He will call and they will answer” and we will all be together again.

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    Calvin & Carolyn Daniels says

    Calvin & Carolyn Daniels

    November, 28 ,2020
    To the Harris, and the Dorsett family , my wife and I gives you’ll our sympathies of our sister Arlene Harris, your Mom ,Grandmother, GreatGrandmother,knowing she’ll in Jehovah’s memory as a true friend, because she really love Jehovah, and his words. May Jehovah’s Holy Spirit be with this whole family,at the time of their loss,keep the faith.

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    Tamisha Eleazer- Walker says

    My deepest sorrow and condolences to all of the family. Love you ALL. Revelation 21:3,4 Aunt Lene, rest until we see you again. <3

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    Bertha Ricks says

    To dearest sister and best friend I will miss you everyday until we meet again I love you so much! <3

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    Timothy G Dorsett says

    To my big sis. Arlene Harris You are the person who loved me my entire life. I know that you knew how much I loved you. I will miss our Sunday conversations. Your sense of humor and how we laughed together. Your fierce loyalty to our family. You were always there. May you rest in peace until Jehovah wakes you up. You will truly be missed . Love You Big Sis.

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    Sherrida Davis says

    To my dear friend, Phoebe and to the family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Arlene was a sweet person and will truly be missed. Our sincerest condolences.

    Sherrida, Sierra, Mary & Samuel Davis

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    Montreece Simpson says

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to my family.
    We love you and are praying you have peace in your time of need.

    Love you all,
    Montreece, Malik, sand Deja

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    Jasmin Roundtree says

    May you rest in paradise in everlasting life aunt arlene! Thank you for all always being there for us and being the bestest friend to my grandmother Frances! I can hear your sweet voice and see lovely smile….The Roundtree family send love and prayer to your family!

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    Cheryl Broadie says

    Aunt Lene,

    You will be missed by Us. Rest In Peace.

    Cheryl Dorsett-Broadie
    Danielle Dorsett-Smith

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    Tracey says

    MY DEAR SWEET SISTER PHOEBE ASHLEY AND I TRIED TO LIVE STREAM BUT I CALLED THE LADY SAID IT WAS DOWN. NOTHING I ACN SAY ABOUT SIS HARRIS YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON. MY HEART IS TRULY BROKEN. ASHLEY AND I REMEMBER GOING SITTING AT HER HOUSE WATCHING GAME SHOWS AND LAUGHING. KNOWING THE STAND SHE TOOK FOR JEHOVAH IS WHAT WILL GET US THROUGH THIS ROUGH DAYS AND KNOWING THIS IS NOT THE END. THE NEXT TIME WE SEE HER WE WILL BE CRYING TEARS OF JOY. I LOVE YOU AND KNOW WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. WE WILL POUR OUT OUR HEARTS TO JEHOVAH TO GIVE YOU AND THE FAMILY THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE THIS. ARLENE HAS THAT HOPE THATS WHAT JEHOVAH PROMISED. AS FOR THE REST OF US WE HAVE TO FIGHT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE THERE TO WELCOME HER BACK. YOU HAVE ASHLEY AND I NUMBERS DONT YOU HESTITATE TO CALL. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, WE ARE SENDING KISSES YOUR WAY. YOUR SPIRITUAL SISTER!!!!!!!!

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    Jason Dorsett says

    My deepest condolences to our family. Aunt “Lean you will be sorely missed. May you rest in eternal peace.

    Love & Prayer

    Jason, Taetia, Jalen, Thalia

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    Valarie Giles and Family says

    My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the Harris family. Jannette, with your mothers passing, your family may have lost a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, friend, etc., BUT GOD has called home HIS angel. Mother Harris has obtained her wings and is pain free and flying high. To GOD be the GLORY!

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    Chantina says

    Phoebe, May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. I pray your broken hearts will mend and any voids will be filled with joy. You all have my sincere condolences.
    Sincerely,
    Chantina

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