Funeral services for Mavis Harris-Ivery, 90, were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2011 at Mount Olive Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Joaquin with Rev. W.G. Morris officiating. Interment followed at Ashton Hill Community Cemetery in Haslam.
Mrs. Harris-Ivery passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23. She was born July 19, 1920 in the Ashton Hill Community to Sandy Harris and Minnie Williams-Harris. She graduated high school from Marion Anderson in Joaquin and attended Grambling State University in Grambling, La., Texas Southern University in Houston and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Texas College in Tyler. Mrs. Harris-Ivery taught elementary school in the Joaquin and Fort Worth public schools for over 20 years. She served as a city councilwoman in Joaquin for many years and was the site coordinator for the Senior Citizen Building. She united with the Mt. Olive C.M.E Church at a young age.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Ivery; parents, Sandy Harris and Minnie Williams-Harris; brothers, S.H. Harris, Marshall Harris, Franklin “Jack” Harris and Samuel Harris; and sisters, Era Cotton and Edna Esco.
Mrs. Harris-Ivery is survived by nieces, Minister Connie J. Harris-Smith of Tyler, Michelle Denson and husband, William, of Humble, Bonnie McClain and husband, Kenneth, of Center, Rugsby Harris of Fort Worth, Trina Harris of Houston, Minister Natalie Harris-Nelson of Nashville, Tenn.; great-niece, Merita Cooper of Los Angeles, Calif.; nephews, Kenneth Cooper of Quitman, Marshall Harris Jr. of Houston, Franklin Harris Jr. and wife, Sonya, of Pascagoula, Miss.; special great-nephew, D.J. Smith of Tyler; sisters-in-laws, Lela Beth Harris of Tenaha and Eunice Harris of Houston; many great- and great-great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins, students and friends.
Pallbearers were friends of the family.
Honorary pallbearers were nephews and great-nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hicks Mortuary.