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Joel Mark Harris, 41

By Jolyn Herndon Stafford , 07/9/24 10:23 PM

Joel Mark Harris, 41, left his earthly body to be present with the Lord on June 19th. Joel was born in Little Rock to Mark and Jolyn Harris on March 12th, 1983.

Joel accepted Christ when he was 6 years old, baptized by Mike Huckabee at Beech Street Baptist Church.

Joel was a son, brother, father, and friend. From an early age, Joel enjoyed reading, playing the piano, swimming, and watching movies like “American Tale” and “The Sword and the Stone”.

As a teenager, he loved snow skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, playing basketball, football, and all kinds of music. He was also very active in his church youth group.

As an adult, he continued his love for music, hiking, martial arts, working out, and studying the word of God.

Joel graduated from Mena High School in 2001. He furthered his education to receive a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas and continued to acquire a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M. Joel always had a very strong work ethic and was highly successful in his engineering career.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents Mark Harris and Jolyn Herndon Stafford as well as his children Ian, Averi, Isaac, and Abram Harris.

He is survived by his siblings Jessica Clasen, Jared Clasen, and Spencer Harris.

Joel is also survived by his grandmothers Syble Herndon and Charlene Harris. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends.

Joel was preceded in death by both grandfathers, Rufus Herndon III and Lowell Harris.

We will all miss Joel’s incredible wit, laughter, infectious smile, and caring spirit.

We want to thank all family and friends for your loving support and prayers during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers there has been a memorial fund established in Joel’s name for his 4 children. All donations appreciated. The link to the fund is https:/www.gofundme.com/event3m-education-fund-for-children

Psalm 116:15…Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His Saints.