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NEW BERN - Melinda Overton Harris, 114, of New Bern, died Oct. 20, 2010, at the Good Shepherd Home for the Aged.

Services will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 29 at St. Stephen FWB Church with the Rev. Fred Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

She owned and operated her own beauty parlor in New Bern and was a member of St. Stephen FWB Church and United Senior Services. She was born May 4, 1896, making her the oldest person in the U.S., according to a Georgia-based genealogy company.

Survivors include her daughter, Ethel Coward of Brooklyn; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, 701 West St., New Bern, NC 28560.

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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Oct. 21 to Oct. 24, 2010.