James Harris

James Calvin Harris

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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James Calvin Harris, 59, went to join the Lord in the morning of 6 October 2020. He was a beloved family member and friend. James was the first son born on December 17, 1960 in Indianola, Mississippi to J.C. Harris and Lois McLaurin. Early on he searched for someone who would be the love of his life but passed before being able to be appreciated by another.

He is proceeded in death by his mother and father, his step-father, Harold Johnson, sisters, Laura McLaurin and Juanita Harris and his brothers, Melvin Harris and Kenneth Harris.
His family made the long arduous trip from Mississippi to California when James was still a very young child. They settled in Bakersfield CA where he grew from a child to adulthood. He attended and graduated from Bakersfield High School in May 1979. During his high school years he was an outstanding athlete in the sport of Handball and won several awards. At one time, James toyed with the idea and possibility of becoming an Olympic Athlete.

James, during his youth, he was affectionately known as ‘Hamburger’ a nickname bestowed on him by his stepfather. James enjoyed family gatherings but preferred his own company, living life according to his desires and choices. He loved to cook and tinker around his home. Even as he got older with severely failing eyesight, James could be counted on for a laugh and belly chuckle.

James is survived by his older brother, Willie Moffett of Bakersfield, CA, His sisters Idella Harris of Bakersfield, CA, Deborah Carolina-Godbolt and her husband Enoch Godbolt of Stafford, VA and his sister-in-law, Gerstine Harris of Bakersfield, CA. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, their spouses, great-nieces and nephews and several cousins located all over the world. He also leaves behind several friends, particularly Freddie and Sarah who have been in his life since high school.

James was not a man of tears, nor a man of sadness. He took what life handed him in stride.

When you remember James, remember him as he lived.
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    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 2:00pm
    Greenlawn Memorial Park Southwest
    2739 Panama Lane
    Bakersfield, CA 93313
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