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Evangelist Roy Harris was born April 11, 1940 in Gay Georgia. He was the oldest of three children born
to the late D.H. and Elouise (Ella) Brooks-Harris.
Evangelist Harris was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Emma Jean Harris, and a son Corey
Roy and his family moved around during the early years of his life, because his parents were
sharecroppers. The family later settled in Homestead Florida, in 1948. Roy joined his father in the
family owned business of landscaping becoming the first black owned business in Homestead, Florida.
From 1954-1958 Roy attended Mays High School in Gould,Florida. While attending Mays High School, he
became well known as a quarterback on his high school football team. His talents as a quarterback
promoted him to his claim to fame with the Miami Bombers in 1959. He later attended Florida A&M
University. Roy later became the manager of the produce department at Publix in Miami, Florida in
In 1992 after Hurricane Andrew (A category 5 hurricane) in Homestead, Florida Roy started his own
landscaping/construction company. Roy owned many rental properties and served as a pillar in his
On Sunday Morning, April, 5, 2020 God whispered to Roy, “Your labor is done my child come home. He
will truly be mourned by family, friends and all that knew him.
Roy leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 30 years Melva Taylor-Harris, one brother Larry (Rosana)
Harris; His children: Regina (Charles) Little John, Victor (Veronica) Hickson, Angela Harris, Jean Harris-
Johnson, Conchita Harris-Plesant, Lena Harris, Blossom Harris, Sharon Harris, Capree Harris, Setonious
(Tedra) Harris, Derek (Shavonna) Taylor, Niesha (Ricky) Smith; his grandchildren, great grandchildren
and a host of nieces and nephews. Roy was a praying man who prayed for the family he loved more than
he prayed for himself.
Roy’s prayer was, “Lord let me live and not die and declare the works of the Lord.”
His favorite question: What did you do with your life today, did you use it wisely or did you throw it
away? Roy Harris (April 11, 1940-April 5, 2020)
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
4:00 - 6:00pm (Eastern time)
Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home-Riverdale
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)
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