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December 9, 1972 ~ July 17, 2023 (age 50) 50 Years Old
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Herbert Harris also known as “ Herb, Charlie or The Magic Man”, a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle,cousin, friend, coach/mentor & teacher, transitioned from this life on July 17th, 2023 at the age of 50. He was born on December 9th, 1972 in New Orleans Louisiana to the late Lillie Mae Harris and Mr.Jeff. Charlie attended O Perry Walker High School quickly becoming a star athlete because of his speed, strength and defense on the football field. He graduated and laid the foundation for a remarkable life ahead. After graduating, he pursued higher education at Alabama State University, continuing his football journey and becoming an All-SWAC athlete. Charlie met his some of his lifelong friends at Alabama State who almost instantly became his brothers. He graduated with his Bachelors in Special Education. He later achievied his Masters in Business, a testament to his unwavering dedication to learning and personal growth.
Herb was an extraordinary man, known for his strong faith in God and his embodiment of the essence of a black man, proudly embracing his identity and heritage. His joy in life came from selflessly serving others, always putting their needs before his own. A dependable, funny, and lovable soul, he had a unique way of bringing smiles to the faces of anyone he encountered.
Words of encouragement flowed effortlessly from Herb’s lips, uplifting anyone he could. As a teacher and mentor, he impacted the lives of thousands of high school students during his illustrious 20+ years in the education field, where he also made his mark as a passionate defensive football coach at Tri Cities High School in East Point, Georgia and L.B Laundry High School in Algiers, Louisiana.
Charlie’s friends and family were the pillars of his life, and he loved them unconditionally. His bond with them was a source of strength and support, and his presence in their lives left an indelible mark.
Aside from his devotion to teaching and coaching, Charlie had a passion for cooking the best Cajun foods,sparking imaginations with his magic tricks, was a huge New Orleans Saints fan and later found joy in his talent for DJ’ing, always entertaining those around him.
He was preceded in death by his mother Lillie Mae Harris and father Mr.Jeff, brother Henry Harris, Grandmother Elma Harris, Grandfather Albert”Taso”Harris, Aunt Alice Harris, Delores Gaines, Viola Yoe, Clara Beasley, Bernard Gaines Sr., Bernard Gaines Jr, William Gaines, Trina Gaines Herrington Cannon and Gabrielle Herrington.
He is survived by his life partner Sharon Magee, his children Ethan Thomas, Diondraniece and Chamiese Magee, brother Allen Harris, Uncle Henry Harris, Aunt Minister Willemese Sandifer, God Son Garry Herrington, 7 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, generations of cousins and friends who loved him dearly.