Dr. Patricia Brady Harris, age 66, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
A celebration of her life service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, March 15, 2014 in the chapel of McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton with Reverend Troy Harris officiating. Graveside committal services will be 4:00 pm Saturday in the Fairview Cemetery in Liberty, NC.
She was a native of Randolph County and the daughter of the late Joseph Graham Brady and the late Mary Lou Coltrane Brady.
She was a devoted Christian lady in the work of God’s kingdom, having served as Sunday School teacher, Choir Director, Church Musician, active in every aspect of church life. Dr. Harris was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.M. and M.M. in Music Ed., Masters and Ed.D. in Ed. Admin., having also received her 6th Year Specialist Certification. She had served as the Director of Neuse Charter School, Director of AIG K-12, Principal at West Johnston High School, Smithfield Middle School, and Nottoway High School in VA. Dr. Harris had published studies on research in brain dominance. Among her many administrative skills, she developed the course studies for college-level Education Psychology courses and for graduate level School Law. She organized the curriculum and course offerings for opening two new high schools and met with over 400 students individually to develop their four year career goals and plans at West Johnston during the initial year. Dr. Harris started a Prinicpal’s List, Honor Roll and Merit's List for Nottoway High School and West Johnston High School students. Among her many organizational skills, she authored a Financial Study of North Carolina School Units for the Chatham County School Superintendent. During her doctoral studies, she concentrated her efforts in Political Science and Creative Leadership. Dr. Harris was selected to membership in the National Principal Leadership Academy, one of fifteen selected by the Academy each year. She received the North Carolina Lighthouse Award from the NCASCD. Her academic achievements included Pi Kappa Lamba National Honorary Music Society, member of Tau Chapter of Educational Sorority and member of National Society of the Study of Education. She was a member of numerous professional organizations including the Johnston County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals, NC Chapter of Principals and Assistant Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, NEA, and numerous others. She was former club president of the Smithfield Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. Dr. Harris was active in the Johnston County Republican Party.
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She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Troy & Carol Harris of Selma and Chad & Kristy Harris of Graham; five grandchildren, Brad Harris, Grant Harris, Jenny Harris, Leighanna Harris and Chloe Harris; and former husband, Dr. Lee Harris.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.
The greatest gift of her academic career was her love and devotion to all her students.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Thanksgiving Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 6701 NC 42 Highway E., Selma, NC 27576.
On line Condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com.
Arrangements are with McLaurin at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations.