Sampson Harris Jr., 80, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his residence.
He was born on September 16, 1939 in Tchula, MS, a son of Sampson and Fannie Mae (Rodgers) Harris Sr. He married Rutha M. Harrris on April 15, 1963 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2019 in Peoria.
Sampson is survived by his children, Linda Harris of Peoria, Owen (Stalena) Harris of Arlington, TX, Julius Harris of Peoria, April Harris of Peoria and Jeremy Harris of Atlanta, GA; siblings, Ruth Myles of Peoria, Naomi (Jerry) Geiger of Gary, IN and Leroy (Mildred) Harris of Galesburg; twenty-six grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; twelve great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.
He was preceded in death by his children, Clyde Ramsey, Roger Ramsey, James Harris, Sampson Harris, Randy Harris, Terrina Harris, Angela Harria and Mary Harris; sister, Amy Wilson; and grandson, Keenan Howard.
Sampson worked as a welder at Caterpillar. He retired in 1990, after twenty-six years of service. He then worked as a maintenance supervisor at K-mart. He loved to go on motorcycle rides. He also enjoyed cooking, fishing and hunting. He listened to Blues music and he collected coins. Cooking for his family and friends and being with his children and grandchildren brought him the most enjoyment.
His family was most proud of him for his big heart and always lending a helping hand to them and his friends. They described him as always ready to have a good time.
Due to COVID-19, all services will be private.
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