Reverend Dr. Clinton Edward Harris, age 50, of Patterson, valiantly finished the race set before him and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at home surrounded by his wife and mother, following a 5-year long health event battle.
Born in the Florida Everglades on April 11, 1972 in Clewiston, FL to the late Edward Milburn Harris and Marion Joanne Carithers (Harris) Davis. Affectionately known as “Clint” (after Clint Eastwood), only his mom and wife called him Clinton when he was in trouble.
He grew up as a boy in the Everglades of Florida hunting with his Poppa Bill and his father. The family later relocated to Dublin, Georgia where Clint attended Dublin High School where he was an All-State Offensive Tackle and named one of the best players in the nation. He was inducted into the Dublin Touchdown Club Hall of Fame in 2017.
Clint attended Valdosta State College in Valdosta, Georgia (Criminology) and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where he majored in Justice Studies. He started his extensive law enforcement career, after his father passed away, when he received the attention of the late Sheriff Homer Bell of Metter, Georgia. He was part of the GBI Tri-Circuit Drug Task Force and Clint was sworn in as a police officer with the City of Statesboro after graduating from Police Academy at Armstrong State College in Savannah, GA. He later furthered his career as a Deputy Sheriff back home in Dublin, Georgia with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.
He ventured to North Carolina in 1996 and worked as a Team 101 Deputy for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office located in Lexington, NC where one fine day in July 1997 he met a short blonde hair girl named Amy, who would later become his bride and was the love of his life.
Clint was then hired by the late Ronald Barker as a Deputy Sheriff/Undercover Detective for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in Winston Salem, NC. Clint loved living and working in the Piedmont Area of North Carolina but he was about to answer a call on his life.
Clint and Amy relocated to Lakeland, Florida and worked as a Deputy Sheriff/Detective for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office while attending Bible College.
Clint worked as a Deputy and an Agricultural Crimes Detective and finally finished up his career as a Homicide Detective.
Clint received his degree in Pastoral Leadership from Newburgh Theological Seminary and started working full time as an Evangelist, later relocating to Pierce County, Georgia to be closer to his mom. He also worked as a Chief Investigator for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office until God opened a door at a local church that was in need of a Senior Pastor at Patterson Assembly of God. Clint was installed as Senior Pastor in September 2013 and the church was renamed at that time True Life Church. Clint attended the Georgia School of Ministry in Macon, GA and was an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. His wife, Amy joined him full time in ministry in 2016 where they have been ministering to the community since then. He completed his Doctorate of Divinity in 2017 with Newburgh Theological Seminary as well.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by two sons, Nathan Milburn Harris and Benjamin James Harris
Left to cherish his memory include his caregiver, helpmate, best friend, partner in ministry and devoted wife of nearly 24 years, Reverend Amy James Harris of Patterson; his amazing, loving and supportive mother; Marion Carithers Davis and stepfather, Jefferson Foye Davis of Blackshear; 1 aunt, Janet Carithers Ptaszek (husband John) of Maggie Valley, NC ; sisters-in-law, Lane James Lanham (husband Tony), Kathy James Smith (husband Terry); brothers-in-law, Larry James (wife Tammy) and Wade James all of Lexington, NC; and a host of nieces, great nieces and one great-great niece, nephews and great nephews whom he dearly loved.
He will be missed by his amazingly supportive and loving True Life Church family and his K9 best friend, constant companion and snuggling buddy, a 150-pound Bull Mastiff/German Shepherd Mix named Kairos.
A funeral service will take place Monday morning (5/16/22) at 11 a.m. at True Life Church located at 3437 Drawdy Street in Patterson, GA. Burial will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery in the Davis Family Plot.
The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. on Clint’s favorite day of the week, Sunday, (5/15/22) at True Life Church as well.
Masks will be required for all services.
Pastor Clint had a heart for missions and world missions (both US and World) were a priority at True Life Church. If you would like to honor his memory, memorials and donations may be directed to True Life Church (Re: Assemblies of God Missions Program) PO Box 522, Patterson, GA 31557.
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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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