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Pastor William M. Harris, Sr.


Sunrise: July 4, 1943

Sunset: January 16, 2024

Reverend William Harris Sr, a longtime pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, exchanged this earthly life for his heavenly home on January 16, 2024. Pastor Harris was born on July 4, 1943 to the late Mrs. Sirreather Harris and William Harris. 

Pastor William Harris had a family whom he loved dearly and he showed that love daily through actions and knew his family loved him in return. He leaves to cherish his memory: the great love of his life and devoted wife Athanell Harris, his children, Germaine Aldridge (Michael) and Mary Harris. Preceded in death, his son William Harris Jr.  Left with precious memories are: grandchildren Dominque Harris-Eason (Tony), Amerie Aldridge, Evan Aldridge, Sofia Harris, and bonus granddaughter Jada Ledesma; great grandchildren Tionne Eason, and Mekhi Jackson. His siblings, Nancy Hicks (James), Elizabeth Collins, Betty Knight (Robert); aunts, Virginia Hayes, Marian Wynn, Delores Mitchell, and Jerdeline Swann; brother in-law Norman Bolds; sister in-laws Mary Ann Bolds and Janice Harris, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, church members and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Pastor William Harris is preceded in death by his brother James Harris. 

His presence will be greatly missed, but the lives he touched will live forever.

Viewing Friday, February 2, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Saturday, February 3, 2024 1:00pm Piney Grover Baptist Church 2804 Holland Road Virginia Beach, VA 23453 Interment Colonial Grove Memorial Park 3445 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456

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    George W. Northington says

    We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing Pastor William M. Harris, Sr. There are no words that will erase the pain you feel now. As your brothers, sisters and friends at Mason Grove Baptist Church, we offer you the promise that God offers each of us – the assurance that Pastor Harris is now in the embrace of our heavenly Father. During this difficult time, we commend you to the capable hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s Word reminds us that He is a very present help. Please accept our condolences. Hold firm to your faith and don’t hesitate to call on us; you are in our prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Mason Grove Baptist Church
    George W. Northington, Jr. Pastor

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    George & Virginia Evans says

    We were sad to hear Pastor Harris had passed. We were neighbors years ago and also good friends. We continue to pray for God’s Peace and Comfort that only He can give to the family

    God Bless,
    George & Virginia Evans

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    Gwendolyn Bell Long says

    I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Harris family. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

    Gwendolyn Bell Long ( I grew up with the Harris family in Lawrenceville, Va.)

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    Lavell Moseley says

    My deepest condolences to the Harris family and Mt. Olivet church family. Pastor Harris was more than just my Pastor, he was also a good friend and I’m going to miss him dearly!!

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    Bishop Sidney Davis says

    To the Family of Pastor William Harris,

    We were deeply saddened by the transitioning of our dear Brother in Christ, but at the same time we bow in thankfulness that he is free and resting in the arms of the Lord. Pastor William Harris and Mt. Olivet Baptist Church has shaped many lives and was a blessing to St. James Missionary Church.

    We thank God for his faithfulness and dedication to the Kingdom of God, and the love towards his family. Pastor William Harris was truly a servant leader with a heart of compassion and wisdom. We will miss him and the friendship and fellowship through the years. Please take comfort in Revelation 21:1-4 for it says:
    “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
    And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

    May the God of peace and understanding dwell with you as He keeps you in His grace and mercy.

    With the Love of Christ,

    Bishop Sidney L. Davis
    Bishop & Founder
    St. James Missionary Church

    Evangelist Barbara Davis
    Pastor
    St. James Missionary Church

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