The subject of this sketch, above named, was born in this vicinity, grew to manhood and made his home here all his natural life, having gone to his final and eternal home since the last meeting of Harris Reunion. By trade, Lee was a shoe and harness maker, and he prosecuted this trade for many years for the late N.M. Thayer,
when the village was known by the people as “Tanyard”, but later changed to Eldorado through the efforts and influence of the late John Davis from Tanyard to the present name.
It was during the time Lee W. Harris made shoes and harness that this writer, who was also employed by Mr. Thayer, learned to know the true value and rugged honesty of Lee Harris.
Lee joined the Baptist church at was then known as Big Creek Baptist church, and he lived, sofar as the writer believes, a true, upright Christian life thereafter; rendering valued service to the church and the people with whom he mingled for three score or more years.
By profession: Lee was a local Baptist preacher, serving as such in the churches of this and adjoining counties, until ill health compelled him to superanuate, but his superanuation did not prevent him from preaching occasionally, when circumstances were favorable, and his outstanding usefulness in this community was to conduct burial services for the dead, in which his remarks and admonition to the living were most impressive and effective. He was usually the leader in singing, and was generally known as the leader not only in the Baptist churches, but in Methodist as well.
Lee loved to read his Bible and to impart to others the light and inspiration he gained by studying the Word. He had no desire, nor did he expect to ever get worldly riches; but he did acquire that which is of far greater value and importance: Character, which will live and continue to live in the minds of all who knew him, especially by his immediate family for years to come. His greatest ambition was to live an upright life and do the will of God and to exhort others to do likewise.
Lee was a member of Harris Reunion, and we shall miss him, this community will miss him, his family will miss him and the Church will miss him. But he has gone the way we all must pass, sooner or later, whether we are prepared or not. But if we live a life such as the writer believes the subject of this article lived, the promise is for us.
By the one who knew Lee.