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Doris Dean James

November 20, 1937 December 3, 2010
Doris Dean James
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On Saturday morning, December 3, 2011, God granted the gift of everlasting life to his faithful servant, Doris Dean James (Harkless). He took her from this world of physical impairment to a Spiritual Realm that is so glorious it surpasses all comprehension.

Doris' physical disability put her in a wheel chair but her spirit moved her and all those who came into her presents. She always brought a smile to your face and joy to the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

She was born to the late Dan and Isco Harkless on November 20, 1937 in the Chaney Grove community of Florence County South Carolina. Her education began at the Chaney Grove Elementary School in that area. She graduated from Brockington High School in Timmomsville South Carolina (Johnson High School).

As a youth, Doris was a member of the Chaney Grove Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board until she left and moved to New York City. She did not belong to any social clubs but was a great humanitarian. Doris was a real help to others. She cared for the sick, defended the weak, and she cooked and feed the hungry for many years. She was a great story teller of funny stories.

The loving nature of Doris will live in the hearts of all who loved her.

Doris was preceded in death by three brothers. Orlando, Marion and McLarry (M L) Harkless and one sister, Francine Friday. Left to cherish precious memories are her four daughters, Shari Lynn Preston, Viola Isco James, Mary and Marilyn James (Twins), eight grandchildren, three brothers Elijah, Dan Jr. and Clifford Harkless, and a host of other relatives and many, many friends.


It is a pleasure to have been your daughter, an honor to have been your friend. Should you become a parent in your next life, PLEASE let me be your child again!

Viola Isco James
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