I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
Funeral service for Denise D. Harris, 64, of Lawton will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
Denise departed this life on Saturday, October 30, 2021 Wichita Falls, Texas.
Burial will be held at Clearview Cemetery, 1421 Q Street, Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday, November 12, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Denise was born on April 3, 1957 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Everette E Chatman and Grace G. Chatman and raised by her great uncle, Rev. C.M. Franks and his wife, Lucille Counter, all of whom preceded her in death.
Early in life, she confessed a hope in Christ and her gift of music, playing the piano before graduating from Ardmore High School in 1975. She then went on to obtain her Associates Degree in Music from Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Shortly after, Denise met and married Jerry McCuin and of this union, a baby girl was born. Though her relationship turned out to be less permanent than either of them expected, they remained friends and Denise would go on th marry Warren C. Harris, Jr and this union was blessed with four children.
Denise gave her life to Christ at an early age at Corinth Baptist Church in Ardmore, OK and faithfully continued to serve the Lord until her passing. She served as a church musician playing for both the youth and adult choirs. Denise was a willing servant, working in her local church, while offering her services to others if needed and working full time at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Ardmore, OK.
Denise would relocate her family a few times before settling in Grandfield, OK and joining Rising Star Baptist Church and once again her love of music led her to the youth. Starting off with only a few, it grew quickly into a youth choir she was beyond proud of and one of her greatest accomplishments. She will be remembered as dedicated and devoted woman who always instilled excellence. She also spent years commuting back and forth between Frederick and Lawton, OK for work. After much prayer she bought a home in Lawton in 2002 and moved her family once more. She continued to work in healthcare for the administration at Comanche County Memorial Hospital before deciding to fully focus on caring for her father who had resided with her prior to moving to Lawton.
Denise was truly a woman of God who loved her family. She enjoyed cooking and talking for hours with her sisters and spending time with her grandchildren, and instilling wisdom in others and praising God. She will be greatly missed.
As one Whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you, Isaiah 66:13
Denise is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; mother and father; sisters, Carolstyne Burks and Evetta Ann Chatman; and bothers, John W. Chatman and James D. Chatman.
Her memory will live on through her children, Daiya Grant and husband, Michael, of Arlington, TX, Warren C. Harris, III, of Lawton, OK, Turquoise Roberts and husband, Terrell, of Lawton, OK, Samika Harris, of Ardmore, OK, and Pelise Harris, of Lawton, OK; grandchildren, Trinity Grant, Tamia Grant, Treasure Grant, Taiya Grant, Gabriel Gray, Isaiah Gray, Terrell Roberts, Jr, Maya Miller, Alicia Miller, Sakeithia Anderson, Jerez, Harris, and Teriana Abram; her sisters, Debra Anderson, Rose Henderson, and Ruby Haddrick, all of Lawton, OK; her brothers, Michael Davis, of Stillwater, OK and Robert Chatman, of San Angelo, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends.
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