Hazel Ward Harris

Published 8:56 am Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hazel Ward Harris, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in the Medical Facility of Tryon Estates, Columbus.

Born in Spindale, N.C., she was the daughter of the late James M. and Cora Causby Ward.

She was a stockbroker for Thompson and McKinnon and later Johnston and Lane Securities, retiring in l994.  She moved to Polk County in l992 from Shelby, N.C. at the opening of Tryon Estates. Hazel was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and held every office during her 16 years of service.

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She was given the Citizen of the Year citation for that organization in l985. She loved gardening, cooking, sewing and reading about stocks and companies and their strategies.

Their rose garden at Tryon Estates was enjoyed by everyone. Hazel was a member of Tryon Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Frederick “FTB” Harris of Tryon Estates; two grandchildren, Sabrina Southards of Ivanhoe, N.C. and Mark Susie (Fiona) of Morrisville, N.C. and three great-grandchildren; a step-daughter, Anita H. Taft (Donald) of Charlotte, N.C.; and stepson, C. T. Harris (Jane) of Charlotte, N.C. Also surviving are three step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Mitchum Taylor; sister, Polly; and brothers Donald, Homer, James, Hicks and Roger.

Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014,  in the auditorium of Tryon Estates with Rev. Rob Parsons officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722.

The family wishes to thank Carol Walker, her personal caregiver, for her faithful and outstanding care for many years and also the staff at Tryon Estates, all of whom were deeply loved by Hazel.

An online guest register may be signed at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.