Ronald Clay Harris received his crown of eternal life through Christ on Sunday, May 10, 2015. He was born on November 23, 1937 in Statesville, NC to the late Henry C. Harris and Sarah K. Harris, and proceeded in death by his younger brother, John W. Harris and sister-in-law, Martha M. Harris.
Ron is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Carol Bowers Harris of Sandy Springs, GA, daughter, Holly H. Alderman (Neil) of Chapel Hill, NC and son, Ronald C. Harris, Jr. (Rie) of Japan. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Morgan and Clay Alderman, a sister, Bonzie H. Everson (Richard) of Salisbury, nieces Kelly Yeatman, Emily Harris, and nephews Terry Everson, Bryan Everson and David Harris, as well as his beloved companion and service dog, Henry the pug.
After graduating from Boyden High School in 1956 and his beloved alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1960, Ron began his career with Armstrong World Industries where he met, learned from and mentored many life-long friends, some of whom he continued to work with later while a Regional VP with Lineage Home Furnishings and Robert Allen Fabrics. He loved the sea, meeting new people and learning new ideas including the technology used by his grandchildren and the practice of yoga as he trained for a lung transplant that he received in 2011. He prided himself in his ethical business practices, management skills, his children and his faithfulness to his family.
Services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, May 14, 2015 at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, followed by a reception. Interment services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The family would like to thank the wonderful lung transplant team, cancer team and Hospice team at Duke Hospital, and especially the donor family who granted him the extended breathe of life.
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In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Ronald Harris may be made to SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, The Lung Transplant Foundation or a charity supporting research for the cure and care of cancer patients.