Vincent Harris – Vincent Edward Harris, 55, died calmly at home on Monday, January 2, 2023. Andrew Harris was born in Osceola, Arkansas, on August 9, 1967, to Andrew and Clara Harris. Vincent was baptized in 1990 at Riverside’s Magnolia Ave Baptist Church. Vincent married Kim Williamson on July 23, 2022. Vincent was named to the All-State first team as an outfielder his senior year and was named to the Upstate Eight All-Conference first team twice. While playing outfield for Triton Junior College in 1986, Vincent was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American third team. In the fourth round of the 1986 draft, he was chosen by the Chicago White Sox. He played in the minor minors for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres from 1986 to 1996. Vince joined the Chicago Cubs as a replacement player in the spring of 1995. Vincent Harris was inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame on November 6, 2016.
After retiring from professional baseball, Vincent went on to teach at Streamwood High School. For nearly two decades, he worked as a Dean’s Assistant at Caton Middle School. Because of his “love for the game,” Vincent has most recently coached at Elgin Academy, The Infield, and Pirates Baseball. Vincent is survived by his wife, Kim Williamson of North Aurora, IL; son Tyler Harris of Poplar Grove, IL; stepchildren Cameron Williamson of San Francisco, CA, and Rachel Walker of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Isaiah Harris (13) and Mariah Harris (6); mother, Clara Harris of Elgin, IL; siblings Kenneth Harris, Phyllis Harris, Gregory Harris, Shalonda Berry, Alex (Jena) Harris; and many nieces and nephews.
Andrew Harris, his father, and Clara Glover, his great-grandmother, died before him. Pastor Willie L. Tate will officiate at the funeral service at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 West State Street, Geneva, on Saturday, January 7th. Burials will take place in Elgin’s Bluff City Cemetery. The funeral home will be open for visitors from 3 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday.