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Essie Mae Harris Perry

Essie Mae Harris Perry of New Orleans, La. transitioned to her heavenly home on Wednesday July 14, 2021 at the age of 80. Essie, the eldest child born to Will H. and Leah Harris, in Amite County Mississippi on April 14, 1941.

Essie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Southern University New Orleans and a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati. As a licensed clinical social worker she taught at SUNO, served as a counselor to numerous students in the public school system, and mentored graduate students.
She was a long standing member of New Hope Baptist Church, who worked in whatever capacity that was needed. She served well until God said well done my good and faithful servant and called her home.

She was preceded in death by her father Will Henry, her mother Learh, her daughter Susan and step-son Prentiss. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Joseph Perry Sr. 4 daughters, Glinda, Debra, Lisa (Mike) and Pam(Gordon), 3 sons and her nephew (Jessie, Reginald, Darrell and Myron) and 2 step-children Ron and Joseph III, 28 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 4 brothers and a host of nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

“Mama, you are no longer standing at the gate, for we believe God has welcomed you home.”


  • Services for Essie Mae Harris Perry will be held on Friday July 23rd, 2021 from 10-11am at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 Reverend John Raphael Jr.,Way New Orleans, LA.


  • She will be laid to rest on Saturday July 24th, 2021 following a service from 11-12pm at Richland Baptist Church Norwood, La.



Professional Services entrusted to Heritage Funeral Services located at 4101 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.

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