|The Reverend Robert Matthew Harris was born in Torris, Louisiana, about the year 1906, to Lyn Harris and Carrie Sherman Harris. R. M., as we called him, was one of thirteen (about the fifth) children. He received his formal education in Point Coupee Parish school system. After some moving around, he settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
It was here that he was called into the ministry and was accepted as supply pastor in the year 1940. In 1941, he received an appointment under the late Dr. Walter Scott Chinn in the Baton Rouge District at New Roads-Batchelor and, from that beginning, he served as a Gospel preacher for thirty-eight years. Under his ministry, many souls were called to God and to Christ's Church.
Some of the many charges R. M. served were: Melville, Rosedale, Maringouin, St. Peter and Mount Zion in Clinton, Beech Grove- Washington Circuit, Welsh and Jennings.
R. M. was a devoted Gospel minister. He has left behind a legacy for others. On August 24, 1982, at Doctors Memorial Hospital, he departed this life to go to that place he had been praying for so long. He took the wings of the morning and went to God, leaving behind the trials and cares of this life.
He is survived by his lovely wife, three step-children, two sisters, two brothers and other relatives and friends.
We all knew R. M., but I knew him best.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference UMC 1983, Pages 189, 190 - By J. W. Wilson|