WOONSOCKET - Bennie Harris age 84 of Woonsocket, Rhode Island died unexpectedly on Monday May 26, 2014. Bennie was born in Newberry, South Carolina to the late Lou Wash Harris and Inez (Spearman) Harris. He came to Rhode Island in 1948, where he met and married his wife of 59 years, Rose V. (Andrade) Harris. He has a surviving son, Michael M. Harris and wife, Tonya Harris of North Smithfield, Rhode Island and grandson, Jordan and two granddaughters, Memphis and Amani.
Bennie served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and participated in the Korean War. His work history includes working at Whitinsville Machine Shop, Parker Brass Foundry, Fairmount Foundry and Designed Ventures until retirement. He owned and operated Harris Barber Shop from the mid 1950's at Sayles Street, and then in 1967 moved to his present location on Front Street, in Woonsocket.
He was a life long member and past president of the Tyra Club. He was a faithful member of St. James Baptist Church, in Woonsocket, RI
Bennie was an award-winning artist and his paintings were on display at the Woonsocket Public Library and GiGi's Gallery and also participated in many art shows.
He loved fishing, gardening and was a devoted Patriot's fan, but what was most important to Bennie was his grandchildren.
He is survived by a brother Joseph Harris and wife Lydia Harris of Norfolk Connecticut, and a sister Jeannette Trainor of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by brothers, Mack, William, Henry, David, Roosevelt Harris and sister Jessie Beatty.
Most fitting tribute to Bennie is a celebration of his life, a life in which each day and every day was lived fully and joyfully embraced. He was fortunate to have always enjoyed the total love and support of his family and in return he enriched the lives of all around him; he will be dearly missed.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 10am in St. James Baptist Church South Main St. Woonsocket. Calling hours will be held Friday from 6pm until 8pm in the Keene-Brown Funeral Home 445 Greenville Rd., North Smithfield. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation of your choice be made in Bennie's name.