Harry Hall Hart
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MOORESVILLE - Harry Hall Hart, who was born in Rowan County on Oct. 31, 1913, to Howard and Fanny Hart, the second of eight children, passed away on Oct. 17, 2013, two weeks prior to his 100th birthday.
In 1917, the family moved to a farm just outside of Mooresville for better school options for the children.
Harry graduated from Mooresville High School and went on to NC State University, where he studied agriculture.
His uncle, Stephen Hart, started S.A. Hart & Company, and he asked Harry to be his partner. The two bought cotton from local farmers and sold it to local mills.
As World War II approached, Harry joined the U.S. Army in the cavalry with horse drawn artillery. This unit later became the armored divisions. Harry trained in the tank battalions. He entered as a Second Lieutenant, eventually achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He traveled to England in preparation for D-Day and landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, on D-plus-3 with the first wave of tanks. From the beach, he fought through France, the Netherlands, Belgium and into Berlin, earning two Bronze Stars. His 702nd Tank Destroyer Division was chosen to be the honor guard at the Potsdam Conference.
After the German surrender, Harry returned home to Mooresville from serving his country as quickly as he could, since his uncle and business partner had died a year earlier. On the same day he returned, he went right to work, resuming a career that would span over 65 years as a local businessman. He continued his trade as a cotton broker, where he was assisted by his faithful business manager, Clayton Miller. In addition, he had several farms where he raised beef cattle.
Harry was a lifelong member of Prospect Presbyterian Church where he served as treasurer, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Trustee and Elder, being named an Elder Emeritus.
After the war, he met and married Mildred Lowrance, who passed away in 1995 after 48 years of marriage. They raised their family of four children in Mooresville: Harriet, Stephen, Betty and John. Harry was a member of Mooresville Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Harry loved the outdoors-including riding horses, hunting quail and fishing, as well as travel.
In 2003, Harry married Betty Holmes. They moved to Trinity Oaks in Salisbury in 2011, where they enjoyed making new friends and trying new activities. Special thanks go to the Assisted Living staff there.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Holmes Hart; his brother, Donald Hart; his sisters, Helen Barber and Virginia Edmiston; his children, Harriet (Rick) Barger, Stephen (Karen) Hart, Betty (Archie) Futrell, John (Fran) Hart. In addition, he leaves behind 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Service: A graveside service for the family will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Oct. 22 at Prospect Presbyterian Church Cemetery, followed by a service at 11 a.m. in the church with Rev. Dr. Charles Davenport and Rev. Dr. Rick Barger officiating.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Salisbury Post on Oct. 20, 2013