Pastor Howard Melvin Harris Sr, 63, returned to his heavenly home on October 31, 2019. He was known for his love of God, devotion to family, gregarious personality, and sharing the Gospel.
On September 8, 1956, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, of the late James and Betty Harris welcomed a baby boy into the world; they named him Howard. At a young age, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior at Providence Baptist Church (Akron, Ohio) and was baptized by the late Rev. John W. Wheeler. His mother instilled the value of education, which spurred him to obtain a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron and a Masters of Theology from Ashland University.
Pastor Harris had a calling for urban ministry. He sowed several seeds of faith in the community through various ministries: The King’s Chapel in Akron (Founder), R.A.I.N. Orchestra (Founder), Summit County Juvenile Center (Chaplain), Medina Christian Academy (Athletic Director), and Chick-fil-A (Manager). He was kind-hearted and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. Pastor Harris’ lifelong mission was to carry out the Great Commission to make disciples of all men by teaching and preaching. He loved The King’s Chapel Family dearly and compassionately. He always felt it was a privilege and a joy to Pastor the flock that he founded.
Those who are left to cherish his memory are: son, Pastor Howard Harris, Jr. (Naidra); daughter, Miriam L Harris; five grandchildren, Lawrence, Nariya, Avayah, Talaysia, and Hannah; sister, Emma Harris; uncle, Lemmie Smith; the mother of his children, Minnie Harris; best friends, Gary Older, Sr., George Dowdell, Jr., and Dr. Dick Franklin; several nephews, nieces and other family members; The King’s Chapel of Akron Family, and the community at large.
Pastor Harris’s homegoing celebration will be held November 11, 1pm at The King's Chapel Church located a 360 Berry Ave, Akron, Ohio, 44307. Condolences can be sent to the family at 1220 Millhaven Dr., Copley, Ohio 44321.