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Madison Fairview Cemetery

                                                          SARAH FRANCES "Sally"



John Dillard Harris, prominent Madison civic, church and business leader, died January 4, 1998 at Athens Regional Hospital of complications after surgery for a broken hip. Mr. Harris, 85, was a lifetime resident of Morgan County and former owner and operator of Harris Furniture Company.

He was also a two term mayor of Madison, three term city councilman, former president of the Chamber of Commerce, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morgan County Foundation, Inc., sponsoring organization of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Madison where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons. He was also a past president of the Madison Kiwanis Club. 

He was born in Morgan County on August 15, 1912, the son of the late Dillard and Fannie Whitaker Harris. He was associated with his father in business before opening his furniture store. Mr. Harris was married to the former Sarah Frances Baldwin who survives him. His only brother, Lt. Albert Harris, was killed while with the U.S. Navy in World War II. 

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Madison on Wednesday, January 7 at two o'clock. The Reverend Dr. Jim Ross officiated. Burial was in Madison Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Madison Baptist Church or to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Simmons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

From: The Madisonian January 8, 1998
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Sarah Frances ''Sally'' Baldwin Harris, 84, of 979 Lakeview Drive died Tuesday, March 28, 2000. 

A native of Morgan County, Mrs. Harris was a daughter of the late William Whitfield and Sarah Quillian Baldwin and was the widow of John Dillard Harris. She was a bookkeeper for Harris Furniture. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Madison United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Kerr officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Madison City Cemetery. 

Survivors include two sisters, Lilias B. Turnell, Madison, and Mary B. Harris, Rome; nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Madison United Methodist Church. 

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Thursday in the church gathering room. 

Simmons Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

From: Athens Daily News March  29, 2000

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From: The Atlanta Constitution January 7, 1998

From: The Atlanta Constitution, March 29, 2000 

From: The Atlanta Constitution January 6, 1998 

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