Alma Jean Harris

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Alma Jean Harris, 83, formerly of Asheville, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Early, TX. She had been in declining health for a number of years, and often stated that she looked forward to the new body she would have in heaven, and most of all joining her late husband, Rufus Harris, who passed in 1997. Jean, as everyone called her, was the daughter of the late Charles and Grace Rector Crook. She met Rufus when he was home on leave from the Army, and went on to live in Germany and later Texas as the wife of a military man, before returning to Asheville. With their sons Wayne and Keith, they went on to open a successful restaurant in Fairview (the RUMA), and later to return to the Enka/Candler area where Jean was active in church, politics, and going to and cheering on her boys in their athletic endeavors. Jean would be defined by her Christian Faith and her love of family. Jean was always ready to spread the word, and counsel those in need. Her happiest moments would be when all her family was gathered, and prayer and song was shared. She is survived by sons: Keith Harris and wife Debbie, and Wayne Harris and wife Rose, and their children. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, at Pisgah View Memorial Park, Candler. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Jean was Beautiful Inside and Out and I Know She Is Resting In The Arms Of Jesus Now and No More Pain !!!

  2. May our God comfort the hearts of all those who love her. Jean and I were friends for many years and know and understand each other very well. Although we did not always agree on every little thing, we loved each other. She was always there for me. Today, I believe my dear friend, Jean is with Jesus, and she is smiling and rejoicing with family and friends who have gone before her. She will be waiting and watching for those she left behind. In one of the last conversations we had, we planned to dance in the streets of Jerusalem; God’s will be done. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

  3. My thoughts and sympathy to all of Jean’s family. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her. Jean was a great Mother, Grandmother, Cousin, and Friend. We enjoyed some long telephone visits from her home in Texas. Jean was a very spiritual person, and would always offer a prayer for all.

  4. Wayne, Keith & Family, it is with much sadness to learn of Jean’s passing. Our parents have been friends for so many years. What a sweet lady. Such pride and love for her boys. Prayers to you and your families. Health issues prevent service attendance though you will be in our thoughts.

  5. Wayne, Keith and family, I was sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. When we got together at Christmas, we wandered if she was living in GA and if anyone heard from her. I have fond childhood memories of Aunt Jean and Uncle Jr , and you guys at Ma Harris’s house and coming to stay a week with you guys and helping some in the restaurant. Even though out of touch with her, I still thought of her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sorry to hear of the loss of Jean but I know she is with the Lord. I knew her from Sunrise Baptist Church and had talked to her a few times after she moved from here to Stone Mountain, GA.
    May God comfort you all during this time of sorrow.
    God Bless!

    Lisa Shope Marrow

  7. Wayne(Rose), Keith(Debbie), and families. It was sad to hear of Aunt Jean’s passing. My prayers and sympathy are extended to all of you. My siblings and I are blessed to have so many happy memories of Aunt Jean and your family and the times we all shared while growing up. Listening to the songs,
    ‘camping’ at Ma Harris’s, and gathering together for the nice dinners and
    breakfasts that she and Uncle Jr. prepared, certainly stand out..(who can forget the SOS and cream corn). Your mom cherished her family and was the best partner in life for Uncle Jr. Their love and easygoing attitude always made one feel very welcomed. Over the years she was a pillar of support not only for her family, but helped play a role of support in ours as well; and this will always be appreciated. Her graciousness and spirit will certainly be fondly remembered. Blessings and Peace to each of you.

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