Obituary: Raymond E. Harris

May 18, 1931- October 14, 2020

Raymond E. Harris, 89, of Plainfield passed away on October 14, 2020, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.  He was born in Bedford, IN on May 18, 1931. 


He was raised in Bedford where he met his wife, Phyllis.  The two were married on November 23, 1949.  They were married for 70 years. 

Raymond preached his first sermon at the Church of Christain Oolitic, IN in 1950.  He preached every Sunday at a different congregation until he started his first full-time work in Martinsburg, IN.  His preaching took them to Pekin, IN; Vincennes, IN; Spencer, IN; Peru, IN; Plainfield, IN; Florence, AL; Louisville, KY; Oolitic, IN; Bedford, IN; Bloomington, IN; Sheffield, AL; and Mooresville, IN. 

The Lord blessed them with four children, three sons, and a daughter. 


Raymond is survived by his wife, Phyllis J. Harris; their children, Sam Harris, Jerry (Eva) Harris, Loretta (Richard) Cummins; John (Tamara) Harris; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three nieces and a nephew, Jane Patrick, Regina Goldman, Toni Terrell, and Paul Brown Jr. 

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Dorothy Harris; his brother, John Leo Harris; and his sister, Mary Jeanette Harris Jordan.


  He was a man of deep faith and passionate conviction, a veteran soldier of the Cross, who devoted his life to teaching the Bible and preaching the gospel. 

He was a hard worker for the Lord:  2 Corinthians 12:15 man who was “gladly spent” for the souls of others.  He will be greatly missed, but we rejoice in our hope that we will see him again.  He has run the race and by God’s grace has won. 


Funeral services will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Plainfield Church of Christ, 950 E. Township Line Road, Plainfield, where friends may call on Friday from 2:00 pm until service time at 5:00 pm. 

Additional calling will be held at the Day and Carter Mortuary, 1133 Lincoln Ave. Bedford, IN on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. 

Burial will follow at Pinhook Cemetery.   Arrangements by Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield.  
www.hamptongentry.com. Local arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary.

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