Clarence L. Harris Sr.

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September 24, 1928 ~ October 28, 2016

Clarence L. Harris, Sr. passed into the arms of the Lord on October 28th, 2016. He was born on September 24th, 1928 in Swenson, Texas to Robert and Mary Harris. Clarence lived in Clark County for 74 years, making his family one of the first African-American families to settle in the county. He graduated 3rd in his class from Ogden Meadows High School in 1948.
He continued his education at Clark College where he excelled in his studies, football and track. After graduating from Clark in 1950, he worked for the Swift Company and D. and H. Hides until his retirement in 1984.
Clarence realized his love for the Lord at the early age of 4 years old. Every step of his life was directed through prayer and he became a strong and steadfast soldier for God. He was a founding member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Throughout his years at New Hope, he was chairman of the Deacon Board, a senior choir member, treasurer of the finance committee, a Sunday School teacher, a Christian Growth Class teacher and treasurer of the State Brotherhood. Clarence was blessed with the gift of teaching the Bible, especially the book of Revelations. It is estimated that he taught over 1000 eager learners.
He was president of Babe Ruth Little League from 1965-1969. Clarence and his wife Thelma traveled throughout the country for church conventions, family reunions, and made numerous visits to Lincoln City and Seaside.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Thelma, married 69 years. He was blessed with 7 children: Robert {deceased} {Kathy}, Marilyn {Don}, Genie, Clarence Jr. {Karen}, Terry {Georgina}, Anthony {Tanya}, Arnetta. He also leaves a legacy of 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.
Viewing will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Sunday, Nov. 6th, Noon-9:00 p.m. Family viewing only will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Celebration of Life is on Monday, Nov. 7th, 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church, 1730 S.E. 117th, Ave., Portland, Oregon.
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Vancouver, WA 98684
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 3, 2016
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