Dr. Lloyd Taylor Harris, 64, of Emerald Isle, died peacefully the morning of April 21, 2013, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Born Dec. 11, 1948, in Franklin, Ky., Lloyd was the youngest of three children. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1967, the University of Kentucky in 1971, and from Auburn University in 1975, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Lloyd married Nancy Lane Agnew of Decatur, Ala., in 1973, and they later relocated to Jacksonville, where they resided for 20 years before moving to Emerald Isle in 1995. Lloyd began his professional career under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth R. Padgett of Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital. The two later expanded and opened College View Veterinary Clinic. Shortly afterwards, Lloyd had the vision of establishing an after hours veterinary emergency care facility, Coastal Veterinary Emergency Clinic. He was instrumental in its establishment and operation. Dr. Dante Martin later joined the practice as a partner, and the three worked in a brotherly bond to provide outstanding veterinary care to Jacksonville and the surrounding area, always keeping close working relationships with the other veterinary practices in town. Through dedication to excellence, their hospitals maintain the highest accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The practices are supported by a wonderful veterinary staff who contribute to the excellent care provided, and whom Lloyd loved as family. Professionally, he was a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He served on the Onslow County Board of Health as a representative of the veterinary profession. Lloyd was an active member of Swansboro United Methodist Church and a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. He was a member and officer of the Jacksonville Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, involved in the early days of the Second Chance Mission of Hope in downtown Jacksonville, and served on the advisory councils of Northwoods Elementary and Northwoods Park Middle Schools. He was also a member of the Onslow County Cotillion, Tarantella Dinner Club, and Kappa Sigma fraternity. In addition to his lifelong ambition of caring for animals, he was an avid SCUBA diver, loved boating, the Appalachian Trail, travel, and had an insatiable desire to learn. Lloyd enjoyed a good story, was known for his sense of humor, and always enjoyed the camaraderie of friends and neighbors. Lloyd will be remembered for his hospitality, generosity, and for the good times spent in his company on his dock, porch, and in his boat on Bogue Sound. Lloyd is predeceased by his parents, William Robey Harris and Margaret Taylor Harris. He is survived by his wife, Lane Agnew Harris; and by his sons Lloyd Taylor Harris Jr. (Catherine) of Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Lane Harris (Rebecca) of Cape Carteret; a brother, Judge William Robey Harris Jr. (Ida) of Franklin, Ky.; and sister, Ann Lewis Dobbs (Jerry) of Franklin, Ky.; as well as numerous nephews and a niece. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved dog, Crew, and his cats, Opie, Wesley, and Marmalade.
A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Swansboro United Methodist Church in Swansboro. Visitation prior to the service will be at the church, beginning at 5 p.m. Arrangements will be provided by Jones Funeral Home, 407 Hammocks Road, Swansboro (910) 326- 5013.
A burial service will follow in Franklin, Ky., at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the First United Methodist Church, 107 North College Street, with a graveside service in Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation prior to the service will be at the church, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements will be overseen by Crafton Funeral Home, (270) 586- 7118.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Lloyd's memory to the Carolina Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 32, Jacksonville, NC 28541; Swansboro United Methodist Church-Ministry Center Fund, 665 West Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, NC 28584; or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/chicago13/tharris.