Joel Henry Harris

April 12, 1944 - December 21, 2020

Joel Henry Harris, 76, a former resident of Charlotte County, FL, and a current resident of Irons, MI, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born April 12, 1944 in Owosso, MI. to Carey and Kathleen Harris, now deceased.

Joel attended Peace River Baptist Church in Punta Gorda, FL and Faith Fellowship Church in Irons, MI. He ministered as an Adult Sunday School Teacher and was an integral part of the churches’ music ministry. 

Joel enjoyed his family, nature, and music. He was a scholarly man and had a passion for theology, history, and politics. Joel obtained a nursing degree from Mid-Michigan College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Arts degree in religion from Liberty University. After a long and successful career, Joel retired as an executive from Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Sandra Harris, of Irons, MI; four loving children, Troy Harris (Cristina) of Arlington, VA, Shawn Harris (Diane) of Palm Coast, FL, Karmel Riches (Julian) of Caledonia, WI, and Micah Harris (Carie) of Saginaw, MN; six grandchildren, Remington, Terani, Landry, Austin, Trent, and Bryce; as well as four great grandchildren, Reagan, Benson, Kennedy, and Eli.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Peace River Baptist Church, 478 Berry Street, Punta Gorda, FL. 33950..

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Ken Wilson Dec 23, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Joel’s son, Shawn, introduced me to Jesus in 1979 while we were in high school. I spent many weekends with the Harris’ and understood their passion for the truth of God’s Word through Joel’s leadership as a father. Joel always intrigued me with his very thoughtful questions on various theological issues. His desire for learning inspired me. He was without question one of my spiritual fathers in the faith! My love for the Lord continues today because of the Harris’s influence on me! To God be the glory!!

  2. Norma & Ron Chrzan Dec 24, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    May you rest in peace
    Cousin Joel, you’ll alway be remembered. 🙏🙏
    Loved growing up with you
    and your brothers Don and Rick

  3. Remington Longstreth Dec 27, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Love you Grandpa.

  4. Karmel Riches Dec 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for being my dad. I look forward to seeing you again. I miss you.


  5. Diane Harris Dec 31, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    You were the best Father-in-law I could ever ask for!! You are missed so much but Shawn and I are glad you are healed and enjoying your new home!! Till we meet again!! Love always!!

  6. Troy Harris Jan 18, 2021 at 10:40 am

    No one loved God more.

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