James T. Harris
Biographical Sketch On The
Life Of James T. Harris
James T. Harris preached in Lauderdale
County, Alabama and Lawrence County, Tennessee most all his preaching
life. He lived in Florence, Alabama before he moved to Lawrence County.
Through his efforts were established the Mt. Zion Church of Christ; The Fall
River Church of Christ; And The Leoma Church of Christ, all of which were established within two years of one
another, all in Lawrence County, Tennessee. He preached some in Lauderdale
County, Alabama as well. He worked closely with his good friend Charles
He was a good friend of J. H. Stribling, a wealthy business man, and elder in the church in Lawrenceburg.
Stribling bought a tent had Brother Harris preach in it. Through it they
great success in starting churches. He would put the tents next to a Methodist
Church and have a tent-meeting. Many Methodists and others in the community would be converted, and a church established. For this reason many buildings of the Church of Christ in that area are presently located next to Methodist churches.
James T. Harris worked the works of
righteousness until death September 4, 1949.
James T. Harris Studying
Note Of Thanks: Thanks to
Wayne Kilpatrick for providing information and photos for this page.
Obituary Of J.T. Harris
Harris-J.T. Harris quit the walks
of men at the age of eighty-one, and now lies at rest in Mimosa Cemetery
in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Brother Harris had preached the gospel for
fifty-five years, devoting the greatest portion of his time and effort
to smaller rural churches and to destitute fields. He established many
congregations in Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama. He is survived
by his widow, the former Lula Hix, a resident of Lawrenceburg. Three
children (Thomas, Charles, and Mrs. Crosthwaite) survive. Besides these
there are four sisters and one brother of his immediate relatives.
Brother Harris was calm in the last days of his life and was fully
conscious that his days of service were over. He was thus quite prepared
to go on to toward that home to which he had pointed so many during the
years of his ministry. -W.Wallace Layton
Directions To The Grave Of James T. Harris
J.T. Harris is buried in the Mimosa
Cemetery, just east of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee on Hwy 64. Enter the
cemetery to the south. Enter into the center of the cemetery and
proceed as far as you can and the road will start to do a hard bend back
to the west. Stop the car just before the curve, and head southeast at
about a 20 to 30 degree direction, and you will find the grave of J.T.
While in the cemetery be sure to
visit the graves of W.F. Wall, J.H. Stribling, E.
O. Coffman and Charles E. Holt, other prominent preachers and elders
who worked in Lawrence County churches. Also J.D. Vaughn, owner of
Southern Gospel Singing and Publishing Co. that has produced many church
songs is buried in this cemetery.
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Wayne Kilpatrick (L) and Tom L. Childers at the grave of James T. Harris
James T. Harris, Sr.
December 8, 1933
June 22, 2003
Lula L. Harris
July 6, 1878
November 12, 1971
James T. Harris
September 3, 1868
September 4, 1949