Joseph Harris, Sr.

Sunrise: November 6, 1934

Sunset: January 12, 2023

Joseph Harris, Sr. departed this life on January 12, 2023, after 88 years of a well lived life. He was born on November 6,1934 to the late Elijah, Sr., and Lucille Harris of Wilson, North Carolina. He was a resident of Chesapeake, Virginia. Nothing was more important to Joseph than his family and serving the Lord.

Joseph, also affectionately known as “Joe” and “Daddy Joe” was educated in the North Carolina Public School system. After leaving school, he worked as a mechanic for Birch’s Dairy where he met his beautiful wife, Jean. Later he went to work for the Colonial Store as a truck driver for 10 years. This is where his career as a truck driver began. In October of 1983 Joe went to work for Food Lion in Disputanta, Virginia. He drove for the company until his retirement in 2009.

Brother Harris was a longtime member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia where he served in any capacity needed. Brother Harris served as both an Usher and a Trustee. Opening the church on Sunday mornings was one of his most important jobs. He did not let anything or anyone stand in the way of that and everyone knew it. Joe did not miss a church service until his health began to fail. He was a faithful servant of God and faithful to Mount Olive. He truly loved his church family.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Elijah Harris, Sr., and Lucille Harris, one sister, Sandra Forbes, and two brothers, Richard Harris, and Jacob Harris. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, McGlustria “Jean” Harris, Chesapeake, Virginia, his children: Joseph Harris, Jr. (Serethia), Chesapeake, Jeffery Harris (Selena), Virginia Beach, and Jennifer Harris-Williams (Milton), Chesapeake, grandchildren: Marcus Alston, California,  Ryan Smith (Tiffany), Chesapeake, Marquita Morning (Broderick), Virginia Beach, Darien Cox (Alyssa), Kansas, Jayla Harris, Chesapeake, Christopher Lee (Shakina), Chesapeake, and Lauren Williams, Chesapeake, great-grandchildren: Jasmine Morning, Broderick Morning, Jr., Roman Cox, Khai Lee, Landon Cox, and Jayden Cox, four sisters: Annie Woodard, Saratoga, NC, Dorothy Bynum, Wilson, NC, Hilda Harris (William), Wilson, NC, and Angela Lane (Willis), Wilson, NC, four brothers: Pastor Elijah Harris, Jr. (Gladys), Greenville, NC, Jerry Harris (Patricia), Rocky Mount, NC, Michael Harris (Gwendolyn), Wilson, NC and Ronald Harris, Wilson, NC, one sister in-law, Annie Pearl Harris, Raleigh, NC, one goddaughter: Tracey Pinkin, Virginia Beach, and a multitude of other relatives and friends who loved him dearly. Let us all find comfort in knowing we will see him again.

Viewing Friday, January 20, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ON METROPOLITAN FACEBOOK PAGE Saturday, January 21, 2023 1:00pm Mt. Olive Baptist Church 2401 Ludlow Street Norfolk, VA 23504 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502

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    Joy Atkinson says

    To the family of the late Joseph Harris, Sr, our deepest sympathy. Meditate on Philippians 4:7 as my family and I will pray for God’s peace for all of you! God Bless! Joy, Dwayne, Anthony & Crystal

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      Rev.Calvin D & Mrs. Jacqueline J. Brown Jr says

      To cousin Joe’s Family,
      Jackie and I send our heartfelt condolences. Praying that God’s comfort, love, and peace will sustain you during this time of grief. Cousin Joe will forever hold a special place in our hearts, for it was him, who 56 years ago gave his cousin Jackie’s hand in marriage to her husband Calvin. To God be the glory!🙏🏿✝️😇

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    Shereese Harris says

    “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10. Praying for God’s peace and Jesus’ joy as you remember and honor Uncle Joe. ~Shereese

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    Jonathan Reap says

    Condolences to you and your family.

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    Stephanie Harris says

    You will be deeply missed Uncle Joe. Praying for my family during this difficult time. May the Holy Spirit bring you comfort throughout the days to come.

    Stephanie “Lisa” Harris

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    Sandra and Alicia Smith says

    Our sincere condolences to the family of Joseph Harris. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. God grant His peace to you all.

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    George T Satchell says

    My sincere condolences to the Harris Family.

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    Jesse and Linda Cherry says

    Our deepest condolences to the Harris family. May God grant you all peace, comfort and strength to get through this difficult time in your lives. Cherish his memories for he will forever be in your hearts.

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    Milton Exum says

    To the Harris family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. Wishing you all peace during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

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    Nekeecia L Cox says

    We would like to send our condolences to the Harris Family. We pray for peace and comfort during this time.
    ~Kenneth & Nekeecia Woodson

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    Cindy Chapman- Butler says

    I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the Harris family. I will keep you all lifted in prayer, I pray for comfort during this most difficult time.

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    Al Davis food lion driver says

    I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Harris family may God give you comfort through this rough time and know we are praying for you guys

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    Ann Cassell says

    Deepest sympathy to Joe, Serethia, Marquita, Ryan the entire Harris family in the passing of your beloved father and grandfather. Will keep the entire family in my prayers.

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    Shanelle Garrett says

    My deepest sympathy to Jennifer, Milton and the entire Harris family. May God give you strength and comfort during this time. Your Father was a great man and he will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and the days to come.

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    Carlton & Valerie Dozier says

    I would like to send my deepest condolences to the Harris Family (Mrs. J Harris, Joe, Jennifer, and Jeffery). May God grant the family peace, Strength, and comfort during this difficult time. Mr. Harris will be greatly missed. Family and faith will help you through these trying times. The family will be in our thoughts and prayer.

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