Cover photo for Dr. Mary Louise Harris's Obituary
Dr. Mary Louise Harris Profile Photo
1941 Dr. Mary 2022

Dr. Mary Louise Harris

September 22, 1941 — October 19, 2022

Dr. Mary Louise Harris departed this life on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. She was born on September 22, 1941, the eighth of ten children, in Nashville, TN to the late Adolphus and Sarah Smith Harris. Her Christian life began at St. Phillips AME Church where her family was active members. She was a Sunday School teacher and active in other youth organizations. She later attended Payne Chanel AME Church, and in her later adult life, united with Lee Chapel AME Church. Mary’s education began at Ford Green Elementary School, she matriculated to Washington Junior High, Pearl Senior High (Class of 1959), and Tennessee State University where she

received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She continued her educational journey at Meharry Medical College where she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology degree in 1977. Mary was a member of a family that produced five educators. Mary lived her life in line with the old African proverb, “Give me a fish and I will eat today, teach me to fish and I will eat for a lifetime.” Desiring to become a teacher, she began her teaching career with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools at Granbury Elementary and ended at Kirkpatrick Elementary School. She was a life member of the Teacher’s Sorority Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Mary loved her family and was always there to encourage them, impressing upon them the value of a good education. She was a supporter of the Harris family reunion, acting as the treasurer for many years. At reunion time everyone would get a call from Mary reminding them of their reunion dues. Sometimes she would solicit sponsors or just pay out of her own pocket to make sure that as many family members as possible could attend the reunion. Mary will truly be missed by her brothers and the entire family. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Adolphus and Sarah Smith Harris; four brothers, James, Vander, Herbert, and Jerry Harris; one sister, Virginia Harris Bright; one niece, and two nephews.


Mary leaves to cherish her memories brothers, Howard (Gwendolyn), and Nathaniel (Brenda) Harris; brother-in-law, Alexander Bright, III; sisters-in-law, Wilma, Janie, Dr. Cleo Harris, and Jennie Houston. A special niece, Dr. Lori Breaux (Shelby) Mitchell, and two special nephews, Dr. Victor Bright and John (Cheronda) Bright, Sr. of Houston, TX., fourteen nieces, nine nephews, great nieces, great nephew, cousins, and friends from across the U.S.A. and U. S. Virgin Islands and beyond.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dr. Mary Louise Harris, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Public Viewing for Family & Friends

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors

2500 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37208

MASK must be worn at all times

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Family Visitation

Thursday, October 27, 2022

11:00 - 11:40 am (Central time)

MASK must be worn at all times.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Ceremony

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Starts at 11:40 am (Central time)

MASK must be worn at all times.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Celebration of Life

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

MASK must be worn at all times.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Burial

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 1

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree