The Jameel Ali Harris Story
THE JAMEEL ALI HARRIS TRIBUTE
July 17, 1976 – April 22, 2012
It was 12:15 a.m. on April 22 2012; Jameel had just left work and picked up his mom’s car instead of taking the train home. It was his son’s second birthday, and he wanted to pick up a cupcake to give to Timothy when he woke up that morning. He and his wife had planned a special outing with Timothy and his brothers, three-year-old Samuel and three month old Christian for that day, but Jameel never made it home. At 12:54 a.m. Jameel stopped at the side of the road. A drunk driver came from behind, and literally drove his car through the Chevy tracker that Jameel was in. The car stopped at the driver’s seat, pinning Jameel in his seat, and causing the explosion. The drunk driver was able to crawl out of his car through his passenger door unhurt.
On that day my son, a father, an ordained evangelist, a corporate executive, a mentor, a music producer, and an angel to all whom he met went home to heaven. These are our special memories of him from some of the people he impacted and ministered to:
Wife – “He was the best husband and father who cooked breakfast and dinner for us every single day, did daddy duty every night and morning, gave all of himself for us – no matter what time it was or how cold it was outside. He always saw the best in others no matter how mean they were. He never judged others, but always saw people the way God does…. most caring and selfless person, always putting others before himself – no matter how tired or busy he was.
Brother – “For the first time I am left to live without you. Every breath from the time you were born we breathed together, every step we walked together, every trial we faced together. In happiness we laughed together, in sadness we cried together, in difficulty we hoped together. This life we lived together – Mikkal and Jameel, you couldn’t have one without the other. Where do I go from here? I will continue to pursue God like you taught me, pray, love my wife and children at all cost, pursue my passion and the will of God, and maintain my uniqueness - all of these like you taught me. Lil’ brother, you have always been a wise teacher. It was an honor and privilege to be your big brother. I’ll love you forever.”
Client - “I am blessed to have worked with you and hope to be able to finish the song in your honor. Thank you for believing in me!”
Friend and colleague – “You taught me forthrightness, perseverance, to trust in the good intentions of others, and what it was to be a friend to someone. Most importantly, you taught me about forgiveness.”
Mentoree – “You are the one who took a chance on me – a random kid looking for a job. Where I am today would not have been possible without you. You were my mentor. You told me to chase my dreams, that there will always be risks involved, but taking a chance was better than a lifetime of “what if’s”. You always had an encouraging message for everyone.”
Employee – “Thank you for teaching me about life, and for showing me that LIFE is all about what you can give and do for others. You were a great teacher and an amazing FRIEND and BOSS.”
Fellow Minister – “You may or may not know his name, but you certainly knew the spirit of this man: creative, dependable, selfless, hard-working, a disciple of Christ, reliable co-laborer, beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend – responsible and never complaining.”
Dad – “The best son a father could have – gentle, loving, kind, humble, and forgiving. Through my own personal trials he never turned his back on me, and he was always there walking with me and supporting me. He was my hero and my example of a Godly man.”