Official Obituary of

Emma Ruth Harris

September 1, 1934 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Emma Harris Obituary

With heartfelt sympathy, we announce the passing of Mrs. Emma Ruth Harris of Gadsden,  who passed on Monday, November 13, 2023, at the age of 89.  We ask that you keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Emma Ruth Harris was born on September 1, 1934, to the union of the late L.D. Griffin and Viola Griffin.  Emma was the eldest of 4 girls and a native of Gadsden, Alabama.  

In 1940, Emma attended the Sandridge Family School and later became a student of Central High School which was later renamed Carver High School in 1951. 

She then met and married the love of her life, Arthur John Harris better known as “Plug”.  Emma worked as an assistant for the physical therapy department at Holy Name/Riverview Hospital until her retirement.

She dedicated her life on July 11, 1969, to serve Jehovah . Emma was a dedicated wife, sister, aunt, and friend to many and never met a stranger.  She showed love to her God and others throughout her years of preaching and teaching people about the wonderful God she served.  Emma had the privilege of attending Pioneer Service School in August of 2001 and became a full-time Minister of Jehovah.

Emma fell asleep in death on November 13, 2023. 
Emma Harris was preceded in death by her late husband Arthur Harris; her parents, L.D. and Viola Griffin, and her younger sister, Lola (Griffin) Goggins. 
She leaves to cherish her memories, her step-son Larry (Sandra) Taylor of Omaha, Nebraska; sisters, Frances (Berney) Hall of Florida, and Martha (Ray) Avery of Gadsden, AL who became her caretakers; her sister-in-faith, Betty Jean Avery; also a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and so many beloved friends and family in the North Gadsden Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as others throughout Jehovah’s organization.

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Funeral Followed by Cremation
December 2, 2023

3:30 PM
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses~ Gadsden
237 Goldenrod Avenue
Gadsden, Alabama 35901


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