The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Welcome Baptist Church, Middle River Road, Americus, Georgia. The Reverend Freddie Mann, Sr., pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens, corner of Souther Field Road and Mayo Street, Americus, Georgia.
Melissa was born on July 2, 1973 to Reverend Freddie Lee Mann Sr. and Hattie Bell Johnson Mann in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia. She was educated in the public school system of Sumter County and was a 1991 graduate of Sumter County Comprehensive High School in Americus, Georgia. Following graduation, she furthered her education at Albany Technical College in Albany, Georgia and received her degree in Nursing.
Melissa accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She was a member of Welcome Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia where she served on the Usher Ministry. During her Nursing Career she was employed by Dr. Marshall's office in Americus, Georgia and the Lillian Carter Health and Rehab in Plains, Georgia as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is preceded in death by her only sister, Clarisa Mann; an aunt, Mary Ann Mann; and an uncle Charlie Mann.
Melissa was joined in holy matrimony to Ron Harris, and to this union, three children were reared.
She leaves a legacy of love and fond memories to her loving husband, Ron Harris, Americus, Georgia; three devoted children Rev. Mireo Harris, Tommy Blakley, and Hardari Harris, all of Americus, Georgia; two adorable granddaughters Shaniya and Taliah Blakley; parents, Rev. Freddie Lee Mann and Hattie Bell Johnson Mann of Americus, Georgia; a maternal grandmother, Lady B Sims, Americus, Georgia; three siblings Kenneth Johnson (Marilyn), Lumpkin, Georgia, Freddie Mann Jr., and Larenza Mann, both of Americus, Georgia, aunts and uncles Mary Hurley, Lassandra Hurley, Ruby Wilson (Tim), Ira Bell Tyson (Shelly), Robert Johnson, Eddie Charles Johnson, Johnny Sims, Minister Eva Mann, Elder Annie Brown, Arthur Mann (Rebecca), Willis Mann (Ruby), Dr. Cleveland Mann (Fannie), Minister William Mann (Doris), Bernice Mann and Ray Mann, Emma Sims Clay all of Americus, Georgia, David Sims (Carolyn) Warrick, Georgia, Mattie Mann Wright (Alfred), Albany, Georgia; mother/father-in-law, Anno Harris, Sr. and Betty Harris of Americus, Georgia; sisters/brothers-in-law, Rosanne Allen, College Park, Georgia, Freddie Harris, Marvin Harris, both of Americus, Georgia, Anno Harris Jr., Albany Georgia, Lisa Harris, Hollywood, California, host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, including several special friends, Myra Banks, Angie Lassiter, Rosa Butler, Theresa Bridges, Jamie Mack, Tanya Evans, Stacy Hubbert, Dr. John Marshall, and Carolyn Watson.