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Celebrating the life of

Janie Elizabeth Cox Harris

November 14, 1928 - May 26, 2020

Janie Elizabeth Cox Harris

Janie Elizabeth Cox Harris passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Buckingham South Assisted Living.

Janie was born November 14,1928 to Cynthia and Richard Oakland Cox in Johnsonville, South Carolina. She was a long-standing member of Calvary Baptist Temple for over fifty years. She loved her Sunday School class and enjoyed their meetings and luncheons. Janie and her late husband, Frank Harris, Sr. owned and operated The Regency Room Restaurant, The Shrimp Factory, The River House Restaurant and The Liberty Inn. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Janie was truly one of a kind, never holding her tongue and always telling the truth. She shared her opinion willingly.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Frank Harris, Jr., grandson, Eddie Ivie, sister, Louise Cox Downs and brother, Dickie Cox.

She is survived by daughters, Cindy Whalen, Cheri Power (Vic), Charlene Branan (Philip); son, Sam Harris, Sr. (Teresa); grandchildren, Patrick Whalen, Carson Branan, Jane Branan, Kailey Branan (Tyler), Chelsea Tennyson (James), Sam Harris, Jr. (Carolann); and great-grandchildren, Chloe Tennyson, Charleigh Jane Tennyson, Jack Tennyson and Ryland Clark    .

Janie’s children would like to acknowledge Rita and the wonderful staff at Buckingham South for the love and kindness she received for the last ten years.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. The funeral will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private. Social distancing and the wearing of masks is encouraged, for the safety of everyone attending.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404.

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Mrs. Harris was such a sweet lady. I visited her with my cousins Chelsea and Sam from time to time growing up. She always treated me with such kindness. My sincere condolences to the entire family. I pray for your comfort and strength.

- Michelle Campbell Johnson, Richmond , Virginia


You will be missed when I worked at Buckingham we had some good chats funny ones you always told me i would get me a new husband. I told you not for a while and you loved reading your books may you rest in peace

- Jessica Takenaka, Macon, GEORGIA


My condolences to her family and friends.

- Nilda Hernandez, Savannah, Ga


A candle has been lit!

- Richard & Ann Lutz and Family, Savannah, Georgia


Ms. Harris, my glamorous diva, I will truly miss your warm smile around Buckingham and our deep conversations. I will also miss our visits to church together every Sunday. I’ll cherish our memories together forever. I offer my sincerest condolences to her loved ones.

- Rayona Savage, Savannah , Georgia


Kailey, we are so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. She certainly seemed to be a life force for your entire family. Thinking of you at this sad time.

- Bob & Deb Meaut, Punta Gorda, Florida


Cheri and Vic, We share our condolences with the loss of your Mother. My heart smiled as I learned of her integrity while speaking her mind. The Georgia Peach did not fall far from the tree Miss Cheri, I know her beautiful ways will continue to live through you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless ya’ll and may she rest in eternal peace.

- Rick & Elizabeth Merritt & Family, Richmond Hill, GA


A candle has been lit!

Janie was like a surrogate grandmother to me and I am deeply saddened by her passing. She was always ready with a critique but ALWAYS quickly followed with a compliment. She would set me straight with grace and kindness like no one else could. I felt loved by Janie and missed when I was absent for even one day. I cannot thank the Harris family enough for choosing Buckingham South for TEN YEARS, allowing us to be family and allowing Queen Janie to rule over us for a decade. Janie- please watch over us all and pray for all of us from your special place in Heaven. My love, always, Sabrina

- Sabrina Rabhan, savannah, GA


Janie was so very dear to my heart. We spent so many days and nights laughing and joking together. Just the other day I promised her that we would go out together for a manicure as soon as this pandemic was over . Janie was so much a part of my family for the past 10 years. She wanted to know every detail of where I went and what I ate and what I wore. She commented on every outfit. On Monday of this week, her back was hurting and she loved the massage I gave her. I loved showering her with the attention she so deserved. Janie, I miss you so very much. My heart is aching. But I know that you are now enjoying and laughing with the heavenly angels. What could be better? I know you will visit me in my dreams.

- Rita Slatus Buckingham South, Savannah, Georgia


I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I knew her from when we once danced w/ Marylyn as little girls.When l was older, l called on your parents when l worked for a Wine Dist. for years !!! Such a sweet woman. Loved your parents so much & miss seeing you. Sending my prayers & love during these difficult days. Kim Tutan

- Kim Tutan , Savannah , Ga.


I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I knew her from when we once danced w/ Marylyn as little girls.When l was older, l called on your parents when l worked for a Wine Dist. for years !!! Such a sweet woman. Loved your parents so much & miss seeing you. Sending my prayers & love during these difficult days. Kim Tutan

- Kim Tutan , Savannah , Ga.


I still remember going to a birthday event for Miss Janie with my father. It was in a banquet room at the Hyatt and we sat at a table in the back. Dad got to go up and wish her the best. Their history went way back to when she and Frank owned the restaurant in what is now another SCAD dorm but was then a hotel on Oglethorpe Avenue. May she rest in peace.

- Beth Kinstler , Savannah , Ga


I still remember going to a birthday event for Miss Janie with my father. It was in a banquet room at the Hyatt and we sat at a table in the back. Dad got to go up and wish her the best. Their history went way back to when she and Frank owned the restaurant in what is now another SCAD dorm but was then a hotel on Oglethorpe Avenue. May she rest in peace.

- Beth Kinstler , Savannah , Ga


Oh no! I just heard about your Mama and I loved her so. She and my mother were such good friends and Janie was great to be around. My prayers are with you all. Love you all! Shawn Floyd Tice

- Shawn Tice, Kennesaw , Georgia


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200