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William Wayne Harris

July 16, 1942 — November 20, 2023

Siler City



William Wayne Harris, 81, of Siler City, passed away peacefully at SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care on Monday, November 20th, 2023, at 4:05 PM.

Wayne was born July 16th, 1942, in Chatham County, to Paul D. and Mallie S. Harris. He graduated from Chatham Central High School in 1960 and had a career of 53 years with Cooper Harris, Inc and Welford Harris, Inc as a salesman in the automotive field. Wayne also served in the US Army as a mess hall cook.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Clarice Andrews Harris and one daughter, Melissa H. Cooper and a son-in-law, James A. Cooper, and several nieces and nephews. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mallie; siblings, Linda H. Humphrey, Betty H. Lambert, Mildred H. Sheffield, Nancy H. Laird, Leon “Reid” Harris, Welford D. Harris, and Herbert Hinson Harris.

Wayne enjoyed gardening for many years and was well known for his bountiful harvests of home-grown vegetables and fruits. He enjoyed attending church activities, gospel singings, daily walks over his property, and lunches out with family and friends. He attended Meroney Methodist Church in Siler City, NC.

Family and friends will gather for a celebration of his life at Meroney Methodist Church on Sunday, November 26th, 2023, at 2 PM. Service will be officiated by Reverend Linda Yow and Reverend Bob Wachs. Family will receive friends after the service and a meal will be provided.

The family would like memorials to go to Meroney Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or UNC Lineberger Cancer Research and/or any kidney disease foundations.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home will be assisting the Harris family.

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