COLUMBUS- Frederick Thomas Benjamin "FTB" Harris, 95, of 619 Laurel Lake Dr., Columbus, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Tryon Estates, Columbus.
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Born in Baltimore, Md., 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 veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Freddie was a sales representative, beginning his career with Metropolitan Life Insurance in Salisbury, Md., and later representing Beacon Steel Products Company, selling poultry equipment supplies traveling the Southeast, which brought him to Shelby. He and his wife moved to Polk County in 1992 coming to Tryon Estates. FTB was the district governor of the Lions Club in the 1980s and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Shelby. He was a member of the Tryon Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are: a daughter, Anita H. Taft (Dr. Donald) of Charlotte; a son, 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, with the Rev. Tim Willis officiating.
Burial will be private in the Cleveland Memorial Park, Shelby.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, NC 28722 or to the Shelby Lions Club, P.O. Box 1082, 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 online guest register may be signed at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com
McFarland Funeral Chapel - Tryon
54 McFarland Drive Hwy. 108
Tryon, NC 28782
Published in Shelby Star on July 13, 2014