Meader Harriss Jr.
TARBORO — Meader Williams "Red" Harriss Jr., of Tarboro, passed away Oct. 24, 2013, at his residence in Tarboro.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. today at the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount. A graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford. Both services will be conducted by his son-in-law, the Rev. Frank Dew and the Rev. Tom Greener.
He was the son of the late Meader Williams Harriss and Beulah Goldston Harriss of Sanford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 63 years, Blanna Brower Harriss; an infant son, John Gregory Harriss; and a sister, Lillian Harriss.
He attended Duke University and was a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer and later was a sergeant in the US Army Air Corps. After leaving the Army, his entire career was spent in banking in Sanford and Lumberton. He served as executive vice president and board member of the National Bank of Sanford and later as senior vice president, corporate secretary and member of the Board of Southern National Bank.
He was active in community affairs in Sanford and Lumberton. Among these activities, he served on the Sanford City School Board. An avid reader, he was a founding board member of the Friends of the Lee County Library. He was an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church of Sanford and Chestnut Street United Methodist Church of Lumberton serving on the Finance Committee and Administrative Boards of both churches. A particular love of his was teaching Sunday School to high school students. In retirement, he and Blanna were active volunteers with Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary and the American Red Cross. After their move to Tarboro in 2002, they became members of First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, where he was a weekly office volunteer.
Mr. Harriss is survived by his son, W. Lee Harriss and wife Sylvia of Rocky Mount; his daughter, Dr. K Michie Harriss Dew and husband the Rev. Frank Dew of Greensboro; and four grandchildren, M. Cooper Harriss and wife Sarah of Pittsburgh, Pa., Meader W. Harriss III and wife Jennifer of Edenton, David Dew of Greensboro, and Christie Dew Hartman and husband Adam of New Albany, Ohio. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Eva, Vivian and O.R. Harriss; and a sister, Dorothy Harriss Brower of Hope Mills.
The family greatly appreciates the support of the Fountains of the Albemarle community and staff for their excellent care and genuine affection for our parents.
The family will receive guests following each service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First United Methodist Church of Rocky Mount, the Harriss Youth House at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford, or New Creation Community Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.
Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home Inc. of Tarboro.
Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.