Rogers Sanders Harris
Rogers Sanders Harris
  • February 22, 1930 - November 15, 2017
  • West Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - The Right Reverend Rogers Sanders Harris, 87, of Still Hopes Retirement Community died Wednesday, November 15. Born in Anderson, S.C., on February 22, 1930, he was the son of Sarah Sanders Harris and Wilmot Louis Harris. He attended Anderson Boys' High School, the McCallie School, and the University of the South. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1957, serving St. Paul's Church, Batesburg and Grace Church, Ridge Spring (1957 - 1959); Good Shepherd, Greer (1959 - 1969); and St. Christopher's Church, Spartanburg (1969 - 1985). He was then elected Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. In 1989, he was elected bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, where he served until his retirement in 1997.

Bishop Harris went on a number of medical mission trips to Haiti, and had a special concern for the Haitian people. He served on various boards including the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice, University of the South, Kanuga Conference Center, Bishop Gray Inn, and the United Way of Seneca, S.C. In retirement he became active in Kairos, a prison ministry.

Bishop Harris is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anne Stewart Harris; three daughters, Kathy Wood (Mike), Fran Harris (James Jones), and Becky Brunson (Mike); five grandchildren, Kristen Dean (Tyeler), Jason Wood, Katie Clayton (Bryant), Hannah and Jordan Brunson; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha and Ashlyn Dean, Hayes Wood, and Rin Clayton. Also surviving are two sisters, Betty Lamborn and Jessie Harris and two brothers, Mike and Randy Harris.

Funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. Memorial gifts may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development.

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