Eloise B. Harris

Services for Eloise B. Harris of Indianola will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Harris, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, with a family hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Byas Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Gardens.

The Rev. Melvin Matthews will officiate at the services.

Eloise Baldwin Harris was born March 18, 1944  in Natchez to the Rev. Shead Baldwin Sr. and Irene Rice Baldwin.  She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age at King Solomon Baptist Church in Natchez.  She attended Adams County public schools and graduated from Sadie V. Thompson High School in 1961.  Mrs. Harris continued her academic pursuits at Alcorn State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1965 and furthered her studies in Teacher Education, Leadership and Research at Delta State University.

She married Dave Harris Jr. in 1968, and they built their lives together in Indianola, where they resided until her death.  She was an educator in Indianola for thirty years, at both the elementary and high school level. After retiring from education, she served as the Sunflower County Election Commissioner. Mrs. Harris was an active member of Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and actively participated in the Choir, the Missionary Society, the Culinary Committee, Mother’s Ministry and Prayer Ministry.  She was also an active member of the Greenwood-Itta Bena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women, the Mississippi Educators’ Association, the Indianola Educators’ Association and the National Educators’ Association.

Mrs. Harris was known for her community and political activism.  She was also known for her delicious desserts and dishes that were often anticipated at friend and family gatherings.  She enjoyed spending time quilting and sewing.  An avid lover of sports, she often supported her alma mater, Alcorn State University, during football season as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was also an active member of the Alcorn State University Alumni Chapter and a member of the Million Dollar Club due to her generosity in giving back to the institution.  She enjoyed travelling and enjoying her life with family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Shead Sr. and Irene Baldwin and her brother, Shead Baldwin Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving and devoted husband,  Dave Harris Jr. of Indianola; four sisters, Dr. Odessa (Prince-deceased) Borten of Houston, Texas, Dr. Betty (Robert) Cade of Natchez, Martha Jean (Leonard) Fairley of Gautier and Dr. Annie (BJ) Bass of Dallas; two brothers, Roosevelt “Johnny” (Patricia-deceased) Baldwin of Natchez and Dr. Jerry (Juliet) Baldwin of Ruston, La.; and one adopted brother, James (Dora) Baldwin of Leavenworth, Kans. She also leaves three godchildren: Adrian Brown of Indianola, Dr. Kia (Shelton) Richardson of Grambling, La. and Naphateria Farrow of Indianola; and a host of aunts, uncles, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and other relatives and friends.

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