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Mitchell Harris

Mitchell Harris

Leggett Chapel MBC appoints new pastor

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Leggett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will install a new pastor Sunday who will take the place of its longtime late minister.

The Rev. Mitchell Harris of Tarboro will assume the post at a 3 p.m. service, a release says.

Harris’ selection follows his 11/2 years of service as an assistant to the Rev. Willie Taylor, Leggett Chapel’s late minister who held the post for 44 years.

Before that, Harris served eight years as an associate minister at Salem Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Leggett. There he worked with the church’s Widows Committee and Sick Committee and served as president of its Male Chorus for 12 years.

Ordained a deacon in 1996, he became a minister in 2001 and was ordained a minister in 2006.

Harris graduated from North Edgecombe High School in Leggett, the release says. He has worked as a dye repairman for Kaba Ilco for 25 years.

His wife, Viola Savage Harris, is an Edgecombe County commissioner and a former staff writer and circulation manager for the Rocky Mount Telegram.

The Harrises have three adult daughters, Teneshia Harris and Krystal Harris, both of Durham, and Shinika Johnson of Rocky Mount. They also have a granddaughter, Kamille Hargett of Durham.

Leggett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is at 406 N.C. 97 W., Tarboro. For information, call 823-2314.