Harold Franklin Warren CHARLOTTE - Harold Franklin Warren, 77, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 after an extended illness. Harold was born on Sept. 9, 1935 in Marion, N.C. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Warren, and his sister, Mary Bostian. After graduating from Marion High School in 1953, he enrolled at Berea College in Berea, Ky., and earned a degree in philosophy, with a minor in art, in 1957. Harold was writer for many years at the Charlotte Observer and winner of multiple N.C. Press Association awards. He also authored the book "A Right Good People" chronicling the lives of the people of the Appalachian Mountains. He was a dreamer, a thinker, sometimes a little of a curmudgeon, but at bottom a gentle soul who was passionate about social justice, the environment, genealogy and his large family. Harold was known for his intelligence, artistic talent, photography skills and encyclopedic knowledge of geography and history. An Eagle Scout, he taught his children a love of camping and the outdoors, and the family made many memorable trips to Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. He loved hiking and camping in the North Carolina mountains, particularly at Linville Gorge, a place he came to know well growing up in Marion and Morganton. Harold is survived by his loving and steadfast wife of 57 years, Shelby Jean Sizemore Warren; his four daughters, Michelle Warren Selby and husband Darden of Charlotte, Latifi Warren Tracy and husband David of Charlotte, Greki Rosenberg and husband Steve of Manitou Springs, Colo., Taji Hillson and husband Larry of Reno, Nev.; two sons, Sabian Warren and wife Dawn of Old Fort, Banzen Warren and wife Lisa of Shelby; 13 grandchildren, Josh Tracy, Matthew Tracy, Jessica Tracy, Walker Selby and Caroline Selby, all of Charlotte, Seth Tracy of Goldsboro, Monica Rosenberg of New Haven, Conn., Melanie Rosenberg of San Francisco, Calif., Todd Rosenberg of Worcester, Mass.; Katie Hillson and Kurt Hillson of Reno, Nev., Sierra Warren and Eliza Warren of Shelby; great-grandson Benjamin Litschert of Fort Worth, Texas; mother, Lillian Frazier Warren of Statesville; brother, David Warren of Statesville; and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 North Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, with lay minister Loyd Dillon officiating. Burial will follow at noon at Evergreen Cemetery, 4426 Central Ave., and the family will receive friends afterward at the home. Flowers may be sent to the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, P.O. Box 3023, Morganton, NC 28680, or to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, Ky. 40404. T.H. Robertson Funeral Service is assisting the Warren family.