"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
II Timothy 4:7-8
Mack Ivan Harris was born December 28, 1954 in Arkadelphia, AR, and was the second child of Rev. Clarence William and Mary Louise Middleton Harris. Both parents preceded him in death. Mack departed this life on Monday, May 14, 2012 at his home.
Mack graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1973 where he played football, basketball, and ran track. He finished in the top 10% of his class. Mack graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1977 where he attended on a football scholarship and earned a degree in accounting.
On June 4, 1977 he married Marilyn Williams. To this union was born one son, Andre McIvan Harris.
He was a member of Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church as a youth where he participated in the Sunday School, BTU, and Youth Choir. As an adult he united with the Church of God in Christ and was currently a member of Faith Kingdom Church Of God in Christ of Dallas, Texas where he was a faithful member until his passing. Mack served as the Assistant Pastor, Overseer of Finance, Facility Maintenance Manager, and Sunday School Teacher. He worked faithfully with the Brotherhood Department and was a faithful and dedicated Deacon. Mack also secured a $25,000 grant from Mark Cubin of Dallas Mavericks for the church’s gym floor. Mack really enjoyed music and singing. He had an extensive selection of gospel music and often sang solos in various churches.
Mack was a leader in the Arkadelphia School System during a most difficult time in the school during the integration process. He also attended Arkansas Boys State where he lost to Arkansas's past Governor Mike Huckabee in the camps Governor's race.
Mack served as an accountant for Phillips Oil Company in Bartlesville, OK; then to Grants, New Mexico, then to Dallas, Texas. He later worked for Nortel, and lastly for Reddy Ice Company, all in Dallas.
Mack leaves to remember his life his wife Marilyn Jean Harris of almost 35 years; his son Andre of Plano, TX; his granddaughter Khyla of Dallas, TX; step-mother, Ethel Harris, of Arkadelphia, AR; two brothers Rev. Johnny (Linda) of Arkadelphia, AR; Kelvin of Mesquite, TX; two sisters Phyllis (Artis) of Arkadelphia, AR and Wanda, Arkadelphia, AR; 5 aunts, 2 uncles; The Wiliams Family, brothers and sisters in-law; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The last farewell will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1600 Caddo Street, Arkadelphia, Arkansas where Dr. Lewis A. Shepherd, Jr., is the pastor.
Elder Reginald Miller of Chosen Generation Church of God in Christ in Terrell, Texas will serve as the celebrant.
Elder Charles Craig the pastor of Faith Kingdom Church of God in Christ in Dallas, Texas will deliver the eulogy.
Bearers of the casket will be Alvin Hill, Patrick Williams, Justin Wright, Dr. Wesley Kluck, Scott Barrentine and Jarrod Harris.
The committal service and final resting place will be in Helms Cemetery.