(Knoxville, TN) Mary Lynn Rutherford Harris was born March 5, 1939, to James Elmer and Edie Mae Manis Rutherford. She departed this life November 21, 2018.
‘Mamah’ Harris was a member of Saunders Chapel AME Zion Church before moving to Knoxville where she joined Harris Chapel Baptist Church and served in many capacities that include; Usher Board, Sunday School teacher, church secretary, and Chief Cook. She also served as Head Elder and Sabbath School Superintendent at Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She was employed by Alan and Alexandra Rosen for 50 Years. She was preceded in death by her husband John Bill Harris; grandparents James Manis and Cordelia Ann Jones; and sisters Willie Ventina Rutherford, and Bernice Payne.
Survivors daughter, Shirley Ann (Ronald Odell) Harris; sister, Elizabeth Ann Harris; devoted nephews, Ron Payne, Jerry Harris, Sonney Harris, and Jerome Harris; devoted nieces, Deborah Harris, and Eunice Harris; devoted grandchildren, Julian Odell Harris and Cherilynn Ann Harris; devoted adopted children, Stephen Rosen and Katherine Rosen; adopted grandchildren, Nathen Rosen, Arielle Rosen, Tiffany Rosen, and Frank; devoted friends, Virginia Randolph, Bulah Taylor, Beverly Ward, James Duncan, and Beal Bourne and Family.
The family will receive friends, 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Friday at Jarnigan’s Chapel.
Visitation, 11 am-noon, Saturday followed by funeral service at noon, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, 6530 Twin Creek Rd, Knoxville. Interment at Harris Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements by JARNIGAN & SON MORTUARY. www.jarnigansmortuary.com