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Obituary for JOHN IRVING HARRIS, SR.
John Irving Harris, Sr. was born October 18, 1917, in Lothian, Maryland, to the late Christine Harris Wilkerson and raised by his stepfather Marion Wilkerson, and departed this life July 1, 2014, at his home. Irving, as he was affectionately known, was a life member of Carters United Methodist Church, where he was a Trustee, a member of the Usher Board, and the United Methodist Men’s Choir.
He attended school in Anne Arundel County. Irving’s occupations consisted of farming for 23 years, oysterman, and working various construction jobs in the Washington, DC area.
Irving enjoyed quiet moments, especially with his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He prided himself in raising vegetable gardens and caring for his lawn. He loved watching the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, hunting and fishing.
Irving was a Past Master Mason of Joppa Lodge #94, F. & A.M., PHA., and secretary of the Holland Society.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gertrude Rachel Harris of 55 years, sisters Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Thomas, Maybelle Maynard and Tempress Lumpkin, brothers James (Philly), Charles (Buck), Lester, Perry, Herbert (Press) and William (Bob). Irving leaves to cherish his love and memories, his children Joan McGowans (Claude), John Jr.(Blanche), Faye Brown, Benjamin (Vera) and Mary Parker; twelve grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law Audrey Freeman; one brother-in-law Theodore Lumpkin; and a host of family and friends.