Mr. Harry Lee Webster was born on February 29, 1940, in Pocahontas, Mississippi. He was the first son born to Clarence, Sr., and Hazel Webster. Harry, who was lovingly known as "Skeeter". Harry attended school in the Hinds County School District and, at an early age, he was baptized at Mt. Center M.B. Church where he was an active member until his health declined. Harry left Pocahontas and moved to Jackson at the age of 18 to begin his life as a young man, A few years later, a friend of the family introduced Harry to Eliza Mae Jones, the woman he would soon fall in love with. Harry and Eliza married in 1962 and moved to the south side of Chicago. In this union, Harry and Eliza had four sons.
Harry was an avid sports fan and could often be found enjoying the Chicago Cubs or Sox game with his four boys. Sundays in the Webster household meant Harry, his boys, and his neighborhood friends would be gathered around the TV enjoying the Chicago Bears football game. Harry was a stern father who protected his boys and made sure they did not fall victim to the streets. When Harry's children were elementary school age, he would send them to Pocahontas for their summer break because he wanted to keep them connected to their family roots, learn the value of hard work, and keep them occupied and off the streets. Harry and Eliza's household was well known in the neighborhood as a safe space to hang out and was often filled with kids from the community.
Harry developed a strong work ethic from spending his early years, along with his seven siblings, working on his parent's farm. Although Harry was not able to pursue higher education, he made sure that his four boys received a good education and he was extremely proud that each of his sons attended college. Harry began a career with Montgomery Wards in Chicago, which lasted for over twenty years. He later began working at Alcan Aluminum until he retired in 1998.
Harry was a man of conviction; if he made up his mind to do something, he would do it. He had a big personality which naturally drew people to him. Harry enjoyed talking and joking with people and he enjoyed sharing his family history. When Harry returned home to Pocahontas in 1998, he began farming again. Harry would work in his garden all day in the hot sun, growing vegetables just to be able to share them with friends and family.
Harry will be greatly missed, Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Eliza Webster. Cherishing his memory are his beloved sons; Derick, Vincent, and Stevie of Chicago, Illinois, and Donal (Chanda) of Kalamazoo, Michigan: his siblings; Annie Lee of Pocahontas, Mississippi. Melonia Anderson of Chicago, Illinois, Mose Webster of Pocahontas, Mississippi. Eunice Rooks (Samuel), of Detroit, Michigan, Clarence Webster, Jr., (Dorothy), and Gladys Hollins (Willie) of Pocahontas, Mississippi his grandchildren; Brianna, Demetria, Mariah, and Devin: his two great-grandchildren; Brielle and Darius: and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
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