A baby girl was born to John W McGee. & Geneva I. (McCowen) McGee on December 11, 1937 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma; she was named Wanda Jean.
Early in life, Wanda and her mother moved to Wichita, Kansas where they united with Calvary Baptist Church. She later moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma to live with her grandparents, Walter and Eva McCowen while her mother worked in California. It was there she united with Macedonia Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. S. R. Roquemore.
Wanda accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and was baptized at the age of 9. Early in her life, at the age of 10, she took on a leadership role as president of the Star Light Band.
With her mother and stepfather, Wanda moved to Omaha, Nebraska and received her literary education. She united and served on various levels and positions at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. St. Clair. It was here, she met and married David L. Biddle, Jr. and to this union six children were born.
Later moving to Tulsa, she united with Greater Union Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. D. C. Cooksey, Jr. There she served in various positions on all Local, District, State and National levels.
Wanda was employed by Moton Hospital as an Accounting Clerk # 2 for four years and upon their closing she was employed by Doctors’ Hospital for 33 years as Director of Human Resources.
After her retirement in 2000, Wanda became a volunteer at Southcrest Hospital in the Surgery Waiting Room. Her desire was to “Help Somebody” as she passed this way.
Wanda served as a member of various organizations, Margaret Hudson School for Teenage Pregnancy, Girl Scouts (Blue Birds), Oklahoma Human Resources Association, Tulsa Human Resources Association, We Care We Share, just to name a few. Wanda was an advocate for those who could/would not speak up in their own defense. She always felt she was her “brother’s keeper”.
As years passed, Wanda met and married Rev W. B. Harris on October 15, 1981. He was the love of her life. She found joy in sharing his children, his ministry and doing things that would bring joy and happiness to his life.
In 1981, Wanda united with Pettie Chapel C.M.E., which was the home church of her husband, under the pastorate of Rev. Eugene Bowler. She served on various levels of the Church, District, Region and Connectional.
Full of excitement, Wanda loved working with children and youth. She always expressed the happy childhood that she had experienced and wanted others to have the same opportunity.
Her greatest joy in life was “giving” because she enjoyed seeing the smiles and happiness of the recipients. Wanda enjoyed giving more than receiving, just as she loved the song, “My Living Shall Not Be In Vain.”
Wanda loved the Lord and enjoyed witnessing to what He had done for her. She enjoyed and loved good preaching, teaching and singing and could spend hours at various meetings listening to the word of God.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Geneva Blackwell, father Mr. John McGee Sr., one son, Pvt. Gregory P. Biddle (Punchy), sister Diane Benton and one daughter of her extended family, Doris J. Jackson.
She leaves to mourn her passing, a loving and caring husband, Rev. W. B. Harris, 7 sons, Rodney D. (McGee) Biddle, San Pablo, California, Marcus Biddle (Carla), Los Angeles, California, Rodney Richardson, Tulsa, Freddie McClellan, Los Angeles, California, Clifford Harris, (Johnetta), Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Willis Harris, (Karolyn) and Raymond Harris Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 6 daughters, Sherry A. Franklin (Gailyn), Omaha, Nebraska,Yvette Wade, Conroe, Texas, Yvonne Walker-Jones, Bixby, Oklahoma, Sondra F. Shaw (Edgar), Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carmel Richardson, San Antonio, Texas, Teresa Hanley, Texas, Iva M Harris, Schaumburg, Illinois, 1 sister, Roberta Crockett (Rev. Lawrence) San Antonia, Texas, 2 brothers, J. W. McGee and Carl McGee, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 4 Sister-in-laws, Estella Deveraux and, Sadie Paris (Lloyd). Las Vegas, Nevada Aletha Halcomb,( Allen) Mississippi and Celestine Brice, Las Vegas, Nevada. 3 brother-in-laws, Johnny Biddle and Michael Biddle, Las Vegas, Nevada, Mark Benton Omaha, Nebraska, 1 Aunt, Mrs. Doris M. Carr, Omaha, Nebraska, a host of grandchildren, great-grand children and great-great grandchildren, a special nephew, Frankie Jordan, Dallas, Texas and special play sons, Kenneth Keith, (Samantha) Corsicana, Texas, Rev. Marcus Jeffrey (Kim), Okmulgee, OK, Rev. Thomas Henderson (Rolonda), Tulsa, Oklahoma and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Social distancing accommodations, masks and hand sanitizer will be provided. Live streaming of the service will be available on Facebook, follow Greater Union Baptist Church.
- Date & Time: September 05, 2020 (1:00 PM)
- Venue: Greater Union Baptist Church
- Location: 955 East 36th Street North Tulsa, OK 74106 - (Get Directions)
- Date & Time: September 04, 2020 (9:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
- Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home & Crematory
- Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)