GREENVILLE — A Homecoming Celebration for Shirley Harris Northcross, 69, of Greenville, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Jake’s Chapel, 208 S. Ninth St., Greenville, with Dr. C.W. Ray officiating. She died Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Greenville. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.
Shirley Northcross was the second child born to Charlie Harris Sr. and Carrie Brown Harris on Feb. 24, 1950, in Anguilla. She was affectionately known to her siblings, close friends and relatives as “Nug.” She was the most generous, outgoing and friendliest of all her siblings. She loved to laugh, talk, socialize and have fun with family, friends and others.
She accepted Christ at an early age at the New Baptist MB Church, Anguilla, under the leadership of the Rev. P.S. Johnson.
Her early schooling was at Sharkey County Training School in Anguilla. She attended high school at Henry Weathers High School in Rolling Fork, where she graduated with the class of 1968 and played an active role in the functions of the class until the end. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and attended Malcolm X College with a focus in computer science.
She united in holy matrimony with Albert Northcross of St. Louis, Missouri. She was employed by Sears & Roebuck for over 20 years until the company closed. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church until she relocated to Mississippi in 1991. She then joined the Jake Chapel MB Church in Greenville and was an active member and Usher until her health failed.
Unable to get a position in the field of Computer Technical Support, she accepted various positions with Walmart, Ability Works, Trop Casino, Delta Department of Mental Health and private duty sitting. Although her focus was on computers, her passion was caring for others until she retired in September 2019.
Shirley succumbed to pancreatic cancer Dec. 16, 2019, at Legacy Manor Nursing Home & Rehab Center, Greenville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 12 siblings, all children of Charlie Harris Sr., and three wives, L.A. Harris, Charlie Harris Jr., C.W Harris, Alex Harris, Ernest Harris, Bud Harris, Cynthia Harris Price, Ceatrice Harris Jones, Josephine Harris Diggins, Catherine Harris Gregory, L.V. Harris and Charlie Harris III.
She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, LaTonya Harris, of Chicago; two granddaughters, Brittany Harris and Chiquita Henderson, both of Chicago; brothers, J.D. Young (Frances), of Temple Hill, Maryland, and Dave Brown Young (Gwendolyn), of Detroit; sisters, Martha Carter Taylor, of Jackson, and Dorothy Harris White (Cleveland), of Greenville; the matriarch of the family and sister-in-law, Ethel Bell Harris, of Greenville; the Henry Weathers High School Class of 1968; friends of HWHS Class of 1965; the Jake Chapel MB Church Family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
Shirley “Nug” was the family connection. She was all about family and will be dearly missed because she kept us well-informed of all family functions and family members.