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March 12, 1952 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 69)

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, Lorraina Harris, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed
away in Stockton, CA at the age of 69. Lorraina was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana on March 12, 1952, to the
late Richard Sykes and Clara Sykes. She is the fourth child of cight children, seven girls and one boy. Lorraina
received her education from Stockton Unified Schools, graduating from Thomas Edison High School in 1970.
She attained her Associate's Degree at San Joaquin Delta College in 1972.
Growing up, she was very active and outgoing. As a teenager and young adult, she really enjoyed singing in the
choir, running track, shopping, partying, and hanging out with her family and neighborhood friends. In 1970,
Lorraina married Clifton Stovall Jr. Born to this union was a beautiful baby girl, LaVonia Latrese Stovall. In
1974, she was married to Clyde Harris. Born to this union were two more beautiful daughters, Suzette and Bianca
Lorraina accepted Christ at an carly age. She was an active member at several churches throughout her life.
She first attended Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church (Rev. Ivy) as a young child. As an adult she was a
member of God's Throne Baptist Church (Rev. Zaccheaus Dunham), Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church
(Pastor Joseph Slade), and her current church home Progressive Community Church (Pastor Glenn R. Shields).
Lorraina served the Lord in many ways as a member of these sanctuaries. She served as a devoted Sundav School
teacher, choir member, teacher of various women ministries, and prayer ministry. She was an avid worshiper,
prayer warrior and lover of God. She nurtured and loved people everywhere she went with her many talents.
Prayed for every soul she encountered and loved people whole heartedly. She was a true servant of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
Lorraina was well known on the Southside of Stockton through her work as a Librarian for the City of Stockton
for 34 years. She started her carer as a Librarian at the Stockton Main Library. She later transferred to the
Southeast Branch where she gained most of her notoriety as the Loving Librarian. She loved serving the kids of
her community in this role. She would later transfer to the brand-new Maya Angelou Branch where she would go
on to retire from. One of her proud moments as a Librarian was meeting Maya Angelo in person at this branch.
After retirement, she became a full-time grandmother. Lorraina loved her grandkids more than anything. She
enjoyed speeding around town all day running errands for her kids and grandkids. She always looked forward to
road trips to attend her grandkids' basketball and football games. Her eyes would light up when she heard the
voices of her grandkids calling out Nana or Papa Lady, there's nothing that she wouldn't do for them.
Lorraina also enjoyed shopping at her favorite stores. She was very fashionable and loved dressing up. She loved
meeting and ministering to people in each store.
Lorraina was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Clara Sykes, brother Raymond Sykes, sister Pearly
Sykes, sister Pamela Sykes, and stepson Dwight Harris.
Lorraina is survived by her loving dear husband Clyde Harris, of 48 years. Daughters, Lavonia Duncan (Eric
Duncan Sr), Suzette Harris Jeffrey Fierro), Bianca Harris (Jamal Wilkes), Monica Dunham (Rev. Anthony
Dunham Sr), Mary Charrise Lester. Sisters: Vonicle Dixon (late Nathanicl Dixon), Ruby Collins (Larry
Collins), Maria Johnson (Late Alberto Johnson), Theresa Sykes (Michael Molland). Grandchildren: Keith
Lamont Holloway Jr., Eric Duncan Jr, Erron Duncan, Araina Boatman, Aalani Boatman, Elijah Duncan,
Jamal Wilkes II, Arthur Boatman, Brielle Turner, Monte Kirkland, Dominique Dunham, Marchay Woodards,
Morris Woodards, Eric Jr Lester, Madeline Lester, Erika Lester, Freddie Lester, and a host of nieces and

 Service Information

March 2, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zapata Funeral Home
445 N. American St.
Stockton, CA 95202

Celebration of Life
March 3, 2022

11:00 AM
2820 S B St
Stockton, CA 95206

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