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Edward "Ed" Harris

December 21, 1921 ~ January 10, 2020 (age 98)


Edward “Ed” Harris, 98, went to be with his Lord and Savior at the Community Living Center (VA Hospital) in Fayetteville, NC, Friday, January 10, 2020 with his family by his side.


Funeral service will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro with visitation to follow.  A graveside service will be held at Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Willow Dale Cemetery in Goldsboro with military honors. 


Ed was born in the Williams Mill community (Wayne County) on December 21, 1921 to the late Zack Harris and Rosa Massey Harris. Edward joined the United States Army in January 1941 at the age of 19 and proudly served in the 17th Field Artillery seeing battle in WWII in the European Theatre of Operations and most notably the Battle of the Bulge.


Ed was a charter member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church. He was a man of strong faith in his Lord and loved to quote passages of scripture that would give hope and assurance to those who needed a word of encouragement. He was a faithful witness to those he met and it was his desire that all would come to know the Lord. His faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was an anchor for him. One of his favorite quotes was “If God be for us, Who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)


Ed was a man of entrepreneurship having started a Home Mercantile business in the 50’s and was a U.S. Mail Messenger for 13 years. His latest endeavor was in 1967 when he founded Harris Insurance Agency of Goldsboro that is still in operation today by his sons.


Ed is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Margie Thomas Harris; his sons, Rex Harris and wife, Nancy, and Gene Harris and wife, Wanda. He is survived by two sisters; Dean Harris Weaver and Hazel Harris Mills, sister in law, Ruth Barefoot Harris and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Helen Harris and brothers, Luther Harris, Alvin Harris and Fred Harris.


The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Dawn Conquest and the staff of the Community Living Center of Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. Your compassionate attention to his needs and care means more than you will ever know.


The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.

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Funeral Service
January 13, 2020

7:00 PM
Howell Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel
1500 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Graveside Service
January 14, 2020

11:00 AM
Willow Dale Cemetery, Goldsboro

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