Freddie Harris

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Freddie Harris

Columbus, N.C.-Frederick Thomas Benjamin "FTB" Harris, 95, of 619 Laurel Lake Drive, Columbus, N.C., died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Tryon Estates, Columbus, N.C.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Frederick and Hattie Louise Brittingham Harris.

FTB was first married to Olive Benedict Harris, who died in 2000 and later to Hazel Ward Harris, who died Jan. 19, 2014. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Freddie was a sales representative, beginning his career with Metropolitan Life Insurance in Salisbury, and later representing Beacon Steel Products Co., selling poultry equipment supplies traveling the Southeast, which brought him to Shelby, N.C.

He and his wife moved to Polk County in l992, coming to Tryon Estates. FTB was the District Governor of the Lions Club in the l980s and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Shelby, N.C. He was a member of the Tryon Presbyterian Church, Tryon, N.C.

Surviving are a daughter, Anita H. Taft (Dr. Donald) of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, the Rev. C.T. Harris (Jane) of Charlotte, and five grandchildren, Lisa Wall, Kimberly Martin, William Harris, Sabrina Southards and Mark Susie. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Louise Walls, and a brother, Donald Edward Harris.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, in the auditorium of Tryon Estates, Columbus, N.C., with the Rev. Tim Willis officiating. Burial will be private in the Cleveland Memorial Park, Shelby, N.C.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722 or to the Shelby Lions Club, P.O. Box l082, Shelby, NC 28151.

The family wishes to thank Carol Walker, his personal caregiver, for her faithful and compassionate care for many years. Also, thanks to the staff of Tryon Estates and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, all of whom Freddie loved.

An on-line guest register may be signed at

Arrangements are by McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, N.C.

Published in The Daily Times on July 13, 2014
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