Natalie Jenkins Harris

Published 12:22 am Friday, February 15, 2013


Natalie Jenkins Harris, 95, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at her home in Franklinton. Born June 11, 1917, she was a 1934 graduate of Franklinton High School and her family owned and operated Jenkins Brothers Grocery and Shop & Save for more than 30 years. Mrs. Natalie was a longtime active member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton where she taught Sunday school for 40 years and through the years often traveled with the Merry Hearts.

She enjoyed crocheting and was a member of the Franklinton Garden Club. She had a large group of close friends who spent hours talking on the phone and could often be found walking around their neighborhood. She was a very kind lady and one of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. She was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John T. Harris Jr. and Ann Crain Harris, and Danny Harris and Malinda Bridges Harris, all of Franklinton; six grandchildren and spouses, Paul Cooper Harris and Lisa Harris of Hattiesburg, Miss., Terry Michael Harris, Robert Jeffrey Harris, Dana Olivia Harris, all of Franklinton, Christina Rebecca Bullock and Jason Bullock of Lumberton, Miss., and Daniel Shea Harris and Bridget Harris of Pine; four great-grandchildren, Phelan M. Harris, Kiersten Lee Harris, Autumn Jana Bullock and Natalee Grace Harris; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Harris; a son, Phillip Gene Harris; her parents, Louis Early Jenkins and Sarah Olivia Burkhalter Jenkins; twin infant grandsons; sisters. Myrtis Tullos and Estelle Hennesy; and brothers, Henry Jenkins, Claude Jenkins, Les Jenkins, Earnest Jenkins and Walter Jenkins.

Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Crain Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. and after continued on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time for the funeral service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Paul Watts, Rev. Dale Parker and Rev. Pete Williams officiating. Burial followed in Ellis Cemetery.

A special thank you to Penny Singleton for the care, support and friendship she provided to Mrs. Natalie during the last six years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pallbearers were Paul Harris, Terry Harris, Daniel Harris, Jason Bullock, Jon Gonzales and Leighton Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Harris who is on military deployment, Parnell Jenkins and V.L. Bridges.

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