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Marlene (Lee) DePratter Harris

March 20, 1932 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 89)


Mrs. Nellie Marlene Lee DePratter Harris, 89 of Blackshear, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021, at the Bacon County Hospital.

Born in Blackshear, GA on March 20, 1932, she had lived in Pierce County all her life.  Mrs. Harris was a graduate of Blackshear High School and had worked for the Pierce Trading Company and Blackshear Supermarket for several years before going to work for and eventually retiring from the Waycross Journal Herald where she had been a newspaper carrier.  She enjoyed fishing, working in her garden and traveling – especially to the mountains in the fall to see the changing leaves. She also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and family.  Mrs. Harris was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church where she was in the Senior Adult Sunday school class as well as the WMU. 

She was a daughter of the late James Earic & Ether O’Quinn Lee.  She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold M. DePratter; her second husband, Sammie Harris; two sisters, Lottie Howell and Inez Riggins; and all three of her brothers, Emory Lee, J.P. Lee, and Everett Lee.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Arlene & Neil Jones of Blackshear; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary & Bobbie DePratter of Alma and Ray DePratter of Blackshear; two sisters, Jeanie Haynes of Waycross and Amy Holland of Savannah; a sister-in-law, Debbie Lee of Blackshear; 7 grandchildren, Kevin DePratter, Dustin (Kelley) DePratter, Anthony (Mandy) DePratter, Marcy Lewis, Eric DePratter, Kolby DePratter, and Wren (Jennie) DePratter; 15 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harris will be held Thursday morning, December 23, 2021, at 11:00 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

The family kindly requests that members of the Senior Adult Sunday school class of Shady Grove Baptist Church serve as honorary pallbearers.  Please meet at the funeral home chapel by 10:30 Thursday morning.

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December 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
December 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516

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