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Fred Jones Harris

Fred Jones

March 15, 1960
December 26, 2019


Mr. Fred Jones Harris known to many as “Mo Money,” or to others as “Big Daddy” or “Voss” was born in Centralia, Illinois on March 15, 1960 to the union of Manuel and Irene M. (Jones) Harris. He departed this life on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the DePaul Medical Center in St. Louis, MO at the age of 59 years of age.

He was educated in the Centralia City School System and then later graduated from the Centralia Township High School. He continued his education attending Kaskaskia College in Centralia.
Upon the death of his mother when he was in the 5th grade, he was reared by his Aunt Emma Webster and her husband, Hamp to his adulthood. They gladly welcomed him into their home to be reared along with their children.
He professed a hope in Christ and was baptized at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Centralia by Rev. Ronald Johnson.
He was employed by: Centralia Correctional Center as a correctional officer, then at the Leavenworth U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, then later after moving to Detroit, Michigan he was employed at General Motors Company as a Security Officer, from which he later retired.
Fred was known as a sports enthusiast having a love for the Kansas City Chiefs, but still loved baseball, and basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers being one of his favorite teams. Besides his love for sports one of the things that he loved most was being around his family and at their gatherings. His family in turn returned that same love. His family will forever remember his sense of humor and particularly his reciting word for word the late comedians, Moms Mabley and “Pigmeat” Markham.

Left to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life are his siblings, Willie (Mary) Harris of Centralia, IL, Manuel “Pete” Harris III of St. Louis, MO, Rhoda (Arthur) Williams of Detroit, Michigan, Laura E. Harris of Paducah, Kentucky, Lena Allwood of Leavenworth, Kansas and Cheryl Harris of Centralia, IL; a sister-in-law, Karla Harris along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Irene M. Harris, a brother, Jimmy Harris and a sister, Barbara J. Davis.

Fred was blessed to be taken care of by some “excellent and caring” caregivers, Isha Harding, Catherine Taylor and Linda Webster.

Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Ronald Johnson officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to a visitation time from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Fred’s honor to the Family’s Wishes and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Fred may be shared with his family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.