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Dorothy "Dot" Chandler Harris

November 15, 1926 — April 30, 2023

Snow Camp


Dorothy (Dot) Lucella Chandler Harris at the age of 96 quietly went to her heavenly home on April 30, 2023.  Dot was a Caswell County native born on November 15, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Dewey Otis Chandler Sr. and Emma Stanfield Chandler. She graduated from Anderson High School and was a member of Bush Arbor Primitive Baptist Church located in Caswell County. 

After marrying Paul Harrell Harris in 1947, they started a family living on May Drive, Burlington, NC.  They moved to Silk Hope, Chatham County in 1955 and raised 4 children. South Fork Friends Church and community became a major part of her life as she raised her children. She loved gardening, sewing, word search puzzles and cooking. Her famous chocolate pie and pear preserves became well-known throughout the community. Flowers and birds were some of her favorite hobbies. She will be remembered for her love of a good joke and reading the funnies. After raising her family, she became a teacher assistant for a special needs class at Chatham Middle School in Siler City, NC. Each and every student held a special place in her heart. After retirement she joined the Siler City bowling league which she loved.   

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband after 62 years of marriage. Also preceded in death are siblings, Ruby (Ross) Stephens, D.O. (Leona) Chandler, Wilbur (Mary Joyce) Chandler and Joe Chandler; son-in-law, Ray Johnson; and grandchild, Wesley Harris. 

Family was an important part of her life and she leaves behind: sister-in-law, Patricia Chandler; four children Paulette (Odell) Grumble, Phyllis Johnson, Michael (Judi) Harris, and Patricia (David) Harris-Fullen; five grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) Johnson, Stefanie (Bryce) Kincaid, Megan(Howie) Van Horn, Heather (Brandon) Miller, Josh (Abigail) Harris; nine great grandchildren, Lilly, Mabry, Ansley, and Chanley Johnson, Liam and Olivia Kincaid, Chandler Van Horn, and Micah and Isabel Harris; and as she would say one more Harris on the way!!!

The family would like to thank Mom’s caregivers, Catherine Wright, Sherry Jessup, Carolyn Handley, Dianne York, Erica Smith, Kierra Marsh, Jennifer Culberson, and Caroline Worsham.

A visitation for Dorothy (Dot) Harris will be held at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home located at 230 North Second Ave., Siler City, NC 27344 on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at South Fork Friends Church at 359 South Fork Bethel Road, Snow Camp, NC 27349 on Thursday, May 4th, 2023, at 3:00 pm with Daniel Thames and Andrew Needham officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to South Fork Cemetery Association. 

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Harris family.

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home

230 N Second Ave, SIler City, NC 27344

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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