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John L. Harris Jr., 61, Henderson, Ky

HENDERSON, Ky. (3/31/14) — John L. Harris Jr., 61, of Henderson, Ky., passed away 4:35 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his home under the care of St. Anthony’s Hospice.

Harris was born in 1953 in Henderson. His father was a carpenter and his mother was a bookkeeper. He graduated from Henderson City High and also took classes for a couple of years at Henderson Community College. He worked for 30 years for Gamco as a machine operator. But, his real passion was for ministry. Harris became a licensed minister through the General Baptist Church, and became ordained through Prayer Outreach Ministries in Glassco, Ky. At one time he served as a State Evangelist. Over time, he gained the reputation as the person to go to for counsel and guidance if you were a veteran and needed someone to talk with. As a result of this work he was honored to be appointed as an Honorary Kentucky Guardsman. Harris met the love of his life, Rebekah, and they were married in 1979. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and having to retire, Harris dedicated his time to PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and became its Team Hope Coordinator for NW Kentucky. John played the piano, guitar, banjo and enjoyed listening to instrumental music. He was also a HAM radio operator.

Harris was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Sr. and Nancy Harris.

Survivors include his loving wife of 35 years, Rebekah L. Harris of Henderson, one son, John Paul Harris of Henderson, two sisters, Karen Morgan of Henderson and Jennifer Jo Edwards of Louisville and nieces and nephews.

He was also godfather to Alvin Duane Edwin Brooks and Chad Allen Eadens.

Relatives and friends are invited to Harris’s Life Celebration from 2 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and again Wednesday starting 9 a.m. at Tapp Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Reverend Hollis Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Fernwood Cemetery in Henderson, Ky.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: PanCan (pancreatic cancer) 2141 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 7000, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

Arrangements entrusted to Tapp Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, online condolences may be made at www.tappfh.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of John L. Harris Jr., please visit our Sympathy Store.

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