Rev. Carl N. Harris: Loris

1935 – 2017

     Rev. Carl N. Harris of Loris passed away Wednesday, March 29. He was 81.
     Born Nov. 24, 1935 in Union, he was a son of the late Nick and Irene Harris. He accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1953 and felt the call of God to become a preacher.
     Rev. Harris graduated from Union High School, Wofford College, and attended Emory University Chandler School of Theology.
     He served in the United Methodist Conference for 44 years. He was pastor of Carlisle United Methodist Church and Gilliam United Methodist Church in Union, SC, St. Andrews United Methodist Church and St. Mark United Methodist Church, Spartanburg, Landrum United Methodist Church, Landrum, Loris First United Methodist Church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Florence, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Orangeburg, and First United Methodist Church, Conway, where he retired.
     After retirement, he formed the Second Mile Evangelistic Association in 2001 and the Loris Interfaith Task Force in 2002.
     Rev. Harris also served as interim pastor at Loris Presbyterian Church, Loris First Baptist Church, Beulah Baptist Church, Camp Swamp United Methodist Church and Olyphic Baptist Church.
     Rev. Harris served as Chairman of SC Conference Board of Evangelism, was a delegate to International Congress World Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland, a delegate to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, affiliate member of General Board of Discipleship, President of Nation Congress of Evangelism, World Methodist Council, Chairman of the Board of TMS, and President of Second Mile Evangelism.
     He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Harris; sons, Mark Harris (Sharon) and Rhett Harris (Debbie); daughter, Carla Blackburn (Darryl); six grandchildren, Nicholas Harris (Ashley), Amy Davis (Kevin), Carlyn Harris, Ashley Harris, Anna Harris, and John Mark Harris; two great-grandchildren, Lane and Emory Harris; brother, Bob Bentley; sister, Paulette Perry; and several nieces and nephews.
     Visitation was planned from 4 to 6 p.m. held Friday, March 31, in the Loris First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Funeral service was to follow at 6 p.m.
     Services were also planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Union, with visitation one hour prior to the service, burial following in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to McLeod Loris Foundation, Loris Hospice Project, Attn: Kelly Hughes, 4000 Highway 9 East, Little River, SC 29566.
     A guest register is available here.

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