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Charles Thomas Harris

Mr. Charles Thomas Harris of South Boston died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Halifax Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 16, 1933 in Halifax County and was 81 years old. He was the son of the late Samuel Hodnett Harris and the late Alice Wilborn Harris and was married to Gloria Anne Martin Harris, who survives.

He was a faithful member of Berry Hill Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and trustee. He retired from the Universal Leaf Tobacco Company after 40 years of service. He was a US Army veteran serving with the 82nd Airborne, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 8. He was also a 51 year member of the T.P.A. Charles was a devoted sports fan and rarely missed a family member’s sporting event.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one daughter, Donna Harris Elliott and husband L.F. of South Boston; two sons, Edward Dale Harris and wife Betsey of Halifax and Charles Thomas “Tom” Harris Jr. and wife Sandy of Halifax; seven grandchildren, Anne Frazier Elliott, Meredith Elliott, Will Harris, Ben Harris, Taylor Harris, Tucker Harris and Conner Harris; one sister, Margaret Harris Harbin and husband Charles of York, S.C.; and two brothers, James Conway Harris and wife Myra Jane of Halifax and Marshall Harris and wife Teresa of South Boston.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Berry Hill Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Drs. Roger Wilborn and Ed Melvin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home and other times at his home, 1310 Berry Hill Road, South Boston.

In lieu of flowers consider the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558 or Berry Hill Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 609, South Boston, VA 24592.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.