Willie and Lucy Harris welcomed their daughter, Joann into the world on July 31,
1949, in Birmingham, Alabama. Joann’s education was achieved in the Birmingham City
School System, and she was a graduate of Wenonah High School. She confessed Christ
at an early age. Years later, she united with More Than Conquerers Faith Church, where
she faithfully served the Greeter Ministry and under the pastorate of Pastor Steve Green
for many years. She was a member of New Life Worship Ministry under the pastorate of
Apostle Janet Burke, until the time of her passing.
For 40 years, Lena’s Ole Hickory, which is now known as East of the Mississippi, was
privileged to have such a dedicated employee, such has Joann. She knew the Lord. Joann
was a woman of few words, with a heart of a giant. She was a very humble, sweet, caring,
and loving woman. She was a devoted sister, grandmother, cousin, friend and neighbor.
Her greatest attribute and testament of her life was her good heart. Joann touched everyone
she met. She was known to open her home to many family members and friends needing
somewhere to stay. She had a nickname for everyone in her circle. Joann was a proud
On August 17, 2019, God called Joann home. She entered joy and found peace at the end
of a wonderful journey. Waiting to welcome her was her only daughter, Lucy Hall, who
preceded her in death by 11 months.
The many memories of her life will live on in the hearts of those she loved. Cherishing
her precious memories are the ones who loved her dearly: three precious grandchildren,
Ethan Taylor, Alyssa and Elise Mims; two loving and devoted brothers, Willie, Jr.,
and Bennie Carl (Ida Mae) Harris; one nephew, Warron Harris, all of Birmingham,
Alabama; two godsisters, Michelle Hall of Birmingham, Alabama, and Lucinda Mathis of
Chicago, Illinois; a devoted cousin, Kimberly Hall, who is now the guardian of her three
grandchildren; a close friend, Victoria Amison; and a host of other relatives, friends and
her New Life Worship Ministry Church Family.