Friday, February 28, 1936 - Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Mrs. Marjorie Ann Hughes Harris, 81, of Dothan passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Slocomb. Interment will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery, Dothan, AL with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Slocomb directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Marjorie's memory with your contribution to The Troy University Marjorie Hughes Harris Memorial Scholarship: 301 Adams Administration Building, Troy, AL 36082. Marjorie was born February 28, 1936 in Geneva County to the late Charlie Wade and Lola Bell Brookins Hughes. She was a 1954 graduate of Slocomb High School. In 1957 she graduated from Troy State University with a BS degree in Business Education, which she taught at Donalsonville High School in GA. Marjorie married Lawrence Harris in 1959 and they moved to Virginia where Lawrence attended Army training. When they returned home to Slocomb, they both began their lifelong banking careers at Slocomb National Bank, now Friend Bank, where she continued to work for over 50 years, eventually achieving the titles of President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. She retired from the bank in 2014. Marjorie was selflessly involved in the community and served on many boards and committees. She was instrumental in the organization of the Slocomb Alumni Association which continues to raise thousands of dollars annually to support the schools. She served on the Slocomb Centennial and Park Committee which was responsible for the gazebo, walking trail and benches at Centennial Park. She served on the stain glass committee at the First Baptist Church which was successful in placing beautiful stain glass in the sanctuary windows. She did so many things to improve the lives of others but one of the greatest impacts was establishing the David Lawrence Harris Scholarship Fund after his death in 1991. The fund has provided scholarships for over 30 Slocomb graduates to attend the University of Alabama. She always said that her greatest accomplishment was her three beautiful daughters. Marjorie was awarded the honor of being selected as the 1992 Slocomb High School "Alumnus of the Year" and twice selected as the City of Slocomb "Woman of the Year" in 1976 and 2002. She was a caring and active member of the community and her kindness and generosity will be missed. In addition to her parents Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, David Lawrence Harris, one sister, Vivian Howell; four brothers: Glenn Earl Hughes, Charles Rudolf Hughes, Gene Lamar Hughes and Gerald Wade Hughes. Survivors include three daughters: Harri Anne H. Smith (Charlie), Slocomb, Hope H. Johnson (Joseph), Dothan and Kay H. Christiansen (Brett), Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandsons: J.H., Lawrence and James Johnson, Harris, Simon and Henry Christiansen; one loving sister, Sandra Hughes Spivey, Dothan; numerous nieces, nephews as well as many grand dogs. The family thanks her special caregivers: Mot Andrews, Pokie Craig, Kathy Hutcherson and Charlotte Reese.