In Loving

Michael Leonard Harris


January 2, 1956-January 22, 2021

Michael Leonard Harris, 65 of Richmond, Virginia passed away at VCU Medical Center on January 22, 2021. Michael was born in Harlem, New York on January 2, 1956 to Gladys and Paul Harris. He attended Brandeis and Evander Childs High School, after which he joined the United States Navy.

Just before joining the U.S. Navy, Michael played percussion for the band East Coast, who’s other members included Larry Blackmon of Cameo, and R&B singer Gwen Guthrie.

Upon joining the Navy, Michael was enlisted as a communications officer, and was stationed in California, Philadelphia, Norfolk, and Iceland.

Michael is survived by wife of over 44 years Diane L. Harris; his son Michael and his wife Patricia Harris, their children Trinity, Keira and Makayla Harris; son Wayne Harris; daughter Julee Harris; siblings Pauley, Tony and Brenda Harris; and a host of aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Paul and Gladys Harris.

Memorial services will be held at Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294 on February 2, 2021, at 3:00 pm.

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Memorial Service


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Tuesday, February 2, 2021


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  1. Ava M Batts January 27, 2021 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Will always remember my cousin Micheal, he was fun to be around and conversation were never dull. Praying comfort for his wife and children. Heaven just received a little more joy.

  2. Martin Elliott January 28, 2021 at 7:38 am - Reply


  3. Martin Elliott January 28, 2021 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Love my Brother Michael forever and may he Rest in peace. We will meet again in the garden of peace. Never forgotten 1love your Brother Marty

  4. Shirley Ann Segarra January 28, 2021 at 9:17 am - Reply

    May his Soul Rest In Peace. Tony my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your entire family. Stay safe and strong as I know you will. Wish I could be there for you.

  5. Beverley Turner January 28, 2021 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Pauley Tony and Brenda and the Harris Family we have known each other for 50+ years . I am lifting you up before the Father for comfort strength and to take the sting of the pain in your hearts out with His warm Love to carry you through this dark moment. Be of good courage good says He would never leave or forsake you.
    Childhood Sister Beverley ???

    • Yolanda Lassiter February 2, 2021 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Peace an blessed family from cousin Debo

  6. Afua January 28, 2021 at 11:50 am - Reply

    To all of the Harris Family, I m very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and blessings and prayers are with you….?? May his soul and spirit continue to Rest In Peace. ❤️
    Afua Kouyate , Seattle Washington

    • Cheryl L Stith January 30, 2021 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      So very sorry to hear passing of Michael Harris, my cousin Diana Harris has told me a little of her family, being living in California wasn’t able to see much or talked much as well. But 44yrs of marriage that tells u alot. Accept my condolences to the familys.

  7. Michael Goodman January 30, 2021 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Too all the HARRIS, we grew together as extended family in building 309 west 147st.I have fond memories from that time. I think Mike and Tony got their since of humor from Mr. Paul Harris and their humility from Mrs.Gladys Harris. The Goodman and Thompsons are with you in spirit. I know he’s up there with Cornell cracking mad jokes.

  8. Julianne Grissett January 31, 2021 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences to Diane, the children and all Family members. Prayers of Comfort, Strength the and
    the Peace of God be with you at this time. In the midst of sadness at the passing of our Beloved Michael I
    pray that you will Celebrate his life and the memories of the gift he was to us all. May God bless and keep you
    is our prayer <3 {The White and Grissett extended Family for 60 plus years}

  9. Sister Liz Lindau & Family February 2, 2021 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Our Deepest Condolences to the Harris Family.
    I pray that the Lord will comfort you at this time and may He richly bless you as you morn. May the light of his presence be a continual source of consolation.
    Much love to you all.

  10. Tinybear February 2, 2021 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    My Deepest Condolences to the Harris Family…Keeping you in my prayers..R.I.P Uncle Mike

  11. Yolanda Lassiter February 2, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Peace an blessed to the family from cousin Debo

  12. Sylvia Clark February 2, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences for the passing of Uncle Mike. He always had a smile and a joke ready! He will be missed dearly. To the family, Auntie, Michael, Wayne and Julee, My love and prayers are with you always! Love, Aunt Marilyn, and your cousins, Dennis, Mandy and Jonathan.

  13. Juanita (Nita) Brown Saunders February 2, 2021 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to my cousins, Diane and children. Praying for your strength and comfort.

  14. Moses Malavet February 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm - Reply
  15. Eileen February 2, 2021 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    To my family Harris my condolences and prayers When I think of my cousin Michael I always smile that’s who he was on phone or in person,he will be missed but never forgotten. God Bless

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