Originally created 07/04/05

Rev. Dr. Waldo P. Harris, III (WASHINGTON, Ga.)



WASHINGTON, Ga. - A funeral service for The Reverend Dr. Waldo P. Harris, III will be held at Kiokee Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on July 6. Rev. Steve Hartman will officiate. The service will be followed by graveside rites at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington at 3:30 p.m. where Rev. Albert Huyck will officiate. Dr. Harris, 84, of N. Alexander Avenue, Washington, died on July 2, following a struggle with leukemia. Dr. Harris was a native of Wilkes County and a son of Mary Emerson Fluker Harris and Waldo Putnam Harris, II. He attended Thomson public Schools in McDuffie County and had degrees from Brewton Parker College, Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded Doctor of Divinity by Mercer University in 1983 following his leadership in recognizing the area in Penfield where Mercer was founded. After completion of seminary studies, Dr. Harris served Georgia church in Bartow, Broxton, Atlanta (Donaldson Drive Baptis t Church) and First Baptist Church in Lakeland. In 1969, he began a 17 year term as associational missionary for the Georgia Baptist Association. By his colleagues, he was known as the "Historian of Georgia Baptists". At his suggestion, the 200 year history of the Georgia Baptist Association was written. He served a term as vice chair for the South Baptist Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as a board member of the South Baptist Historical Society. Her served two terms as chair of the History Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention and was a member of almost 20 years. He was secretary-treasurer for the Georgia Baptist Historical Society for 28 years. He currently served as President Emeritus of the Penfield Christian home. He was a member of the Kiokee Baptist Church. The publications of Dr. Harris were extensive, including those on Daniel Marshall, father of Kiokee Baptist, Georgia's oldest continuing Baptist church, and on the founding of the Marshall home site. He was editor of the Baptist Window, a Georgia Baptist Association publication; was father and coauthor of the History of the Georgia Baptist Association and coauthor of Georgia's First Continuing Baptist Church. Currently in production is his Reflection, Recollections and Refreshing Stories, and History of Penfield Christian Home, a home for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, of which he was contributing founder. He received the Distinguished Service Award, Ministers' Chapter, Mercer University, 1978, "In recognition of exceptional leadership and priceless service." In 1991, he was awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Georgia Baptist History" by the Georgia Baptist Convention. He married Hazel McKinnon of Macon in 1948. The had two daughters, Lillian Rebecca (Mr. Richard Rogers) and Mary Anne. After Hazel's untimely death, Waldo married Carol Corbett who survives. Ot her survivors include his son-in-law, Richard Rogers, and grandchildren, George Harris Rogers, Mary Alice Rogers and Sara Beth Rogers, all of Fitzgerald. His daughter, Mary Anne Harris lives in Milwaukee, Wis. Surviving siblings are Joseph B. of Washington, John S. of Pelham, Ala., Ruth E. Harris and Jane L. Wright of Washington, and Thomas M. of Brandon, Miss. Brothers W. Henry and J. Robert preceded him in death. Pallbearers will be Chuck Anderson, James Bland, Lem Clark, Pete Knox, Paul Owens, Larry Simon, James Sherrer, Jack Stone. All ordained ministers are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Hopkins Funeral Home in Washington at 6-8 p.m. on July 5. In lieu of flowers, memorials or donations may be made to The Kiokee Baptist Church Library Fund, Appling, GA 30802; Penfield Christian Home, Penfield, GA 30658; The Georgia Baptist Historical Society, Mercer University, Tarver Library, Macon, GA 31207. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle July 4, 2005