Originally created 07/09/98

Mr. Troupe Harris Jr.



WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Troupe Mercer Harris Jr., 68, of 1269 Thomson Road, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at his residence.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Cemetery with the Rev. Albert Huyck officiating.

Mr. Harris, a native of Wilkes County, was retired director of music at First Baptist Church and a music educator. He was a member of Washington First Baptist Church. He studied music at Mars Hill Junior College, Mars Hill, N.C. and at the University of Georgia, where he received the Craig Barrow award for outstanding contribution to music on campus. He attended Columbia Teacher's College, New York, for doctoral study and was past president of the Music Teacher's National Association. He was named Wilkes County 1986 Citizen of the Year by the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Hill Harris; two sons, Troupe Mercer Harris III and David Irvin Harris, both of Washington; two sisters, Cornelia Johnson, Washington, and Blanche Dixon, Athens; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Burton, Jim Burton, Allen Burton, Bob Guin, Benjamin Chandler Harris, C.H. Randall Jr., Smythe Newsome and Charlie Lee Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Washington First Baptist Church Friendship Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the Troupe M. Harris Jr. Scholarship Fund c/o Washington First Baptist Church or Ebenezer Baptist Church, Washington, GA 30673.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the residence.

Hopkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.