Jean Elizabeth Weaver Harris was born to the late Alonza Earl Weaver and Helena Johnson Weaver on May 26, 1933, in Littleton, North Carolina, and departed this earthly life on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at His Grace Assisted Living in Richmond, Virginia.
During her early life, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of the South Street Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina.
Jean’s formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and she graduated from the former McIver High School in Littleton, North Carolina, with the class of 1952. She furthered her studies at North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina, (North Carolina Central University) where she majored in music. After one year, she transferred to Howard University in Washington, DC and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Science and Physical Education. She later became certified in Dance from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Jean was united in Holy Matrimony to Dr. Fenton H. Harris, Jr. who preceded her in death. This union was blessed with one son, Fenton H. Harris, III. She and her family relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, and later to Washington, DC, where she became employed as a teacher in both school systems.
After returning to Littleton, North Carolina, Jean joined St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, served as musician, and remained a dedicated member. She also used her musical talent to serve other churches including South Street Missionary Baptist Church and Zion Hill Baptist Church. She taught at Tillery Elementary School, McIver Elementary School, and retired from William R. Davie Middle School in 1995. While teaching, she played the piano for many school activities and also taught lessons to numerous children and adults.
Jean loved her family, enjoyed music and dance, and had a strong commitment to help others. She found great joy in teaching aerobics and dance to seniors at the Littleton Community Center. Music and dance were a major part of her life, and she inspired others with her abundant energy and continuous drive.
Her precious memory will be forever treasured by her son, Fenton H. Harris, III (Debbie) of Wilson, NC; her grandchildren, Chavis Harris of Houston, TX, Chantel H. Richardson (Alfred) of McLeansville, NC, Kiana Harris of Greensboro, NC, and Omar Harris of Rocky Mount, NC; her great-grandson, Jaden Richardson of McLeansville, NC; her dedicated sister, Karen Denise Weaver (Linwood) of Richmond, VA; one nephew, Michael Weaver of Washington, DC; one niece, Teresa Holt (Richard) of Durham, NC; two great-nieces, Taylor and Madison Holt of Durham, NC; one great-nephew, Caleb Holt of Durham, NC; two aunts, Lillian Peyton of Richmond, VA, and Frances Crawley (Leon) of Ettric, VA; a devoted friend, William Goins of Littleton, NC; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 1, 2015, at the funeral home. Rev. Timothy Edwards will eulogize and Rev. Beverly Huck will preside. Burial will follow in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Littleton, NC. The body will repose from 1:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the funeral home.