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Preston William Harris

November 30, 1924 May 1, 2008
Preston William Harris
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Obituary for Preston William Harris

Preston William Harris, born November 30, 1924 in Calvert County, Maryland and was the youngest son born to Isaac, Sr. and Elizabeth Harris who preceded him in death.
Preston attended public school in Calvert County as well as received his post-secondary education that qualified him as a Boiler Plant Operator within the Federal Government from which he retired after 35 years of service. In addition, he was an avid farmer who pursued entrepreneurship as owner of an excavating company and real estate investor. Prestons greatest hobbies and favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting, reading, music and watching the news on television. Preston was a diligent worker, disciplinarian to his children, and excellent provider for his family. Feeding others was actually food for his soul. His compassion and generosity led him to always think of ways to have additional sources of income to build wealth for himself as well as to share with others. He would give to you if you were in need and was a man of his word if he promised it, he would do it. He expected the same character of integrity in return from others, and if you failed to do so, he would distance himself from you.
Due to failing health, Preston retired from his occupational endeavors. Through this personal trial and test of faith, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Personal Savior. He built his spiritual relationship with God through prayer and reading the Bible with his wife and his daughter, Earlene, who would often take the time to explain the Scriptures and minister to him with respect to forgiveness of oneself and others in spite of the wrongs committed to or against him. Other spiritual disciplines practiced by Preston included listening to gospel quartet music, particularly arranged by the Nightingales and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, and watching television evangelism ministries such as R.W. Schambach, Fred Price, and T.D. Jakes.
As his health continued to decline, he was lovingly and compassionately cared for in his home by his great-niece, Denise Pratt, CNA, along with Martha Brooks, Chimere Morsell, Lolita Gray and a host of family members while his daughter, Earlene, served as caregiver. Prestons last month of remaining days were spent at Calvert Memorial Hospital where he transitioned to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 1 at 7:10 p.m.
Above all his many accomplishments, Preston loved his family and friends to whom he brought much joy and laughter through his great sense of humor, but of all Bernice his wife was his heart he would often say no body better not bother Bernice and give a wide smile while batting his eyes. His great legacy desired was for his children to have the best and learn to be independent financially and otherwise.
Preston transitioned from earthly to heavenly life leading the way as the family Patriarch for his devoted wife of 60 years, Bernice, and their seven children: Nathaniel (Pat), Earl, Earlene, Jewell (Jimmy), Myrtle (Michael), Gretchen, and David. His legacy also includes 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Brothers and sister, Henry, Isaac, Josephus and Mary Reynolds preceded him in death; one brother-in-law, Brooke F. Reynolds, two sister-in-laws, Sadie Harris and Sylvia Harris. A host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of other family members and friends who will cherish and share his lifetime memories.

Cemetery:

Carroll Western Cemetery Barstow Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Thursday, May 8, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 A.M. at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Thursday, May 8, 2008 (map/driving directions)

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