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January 13, 2014

RENA CLARK HARRIS

TARBORO — TARBORO — Rena Clark Harris died on January 11, 2014. She was born Rena Hoyt Clark, the second daughter of the late Samuel Nash and Carolyn Huffines Clark in Tarboro on October 7, 1940. Rena graduated from Salem Academy and Mount Vernon College where she served as Student Body President. While a student at Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., she represented North Carolina as its Cherry Blossom Princess.

On October 29, 1960, Rena married Russel Clemons Harris, Junior. After living in various other places, they moved to Tarboro in 1963 where Rena was active in her church, faithfully serving on the altar, flower, and needlepoint guilds as well as serving in her community.

Rena is survived by her husband, Russel Clemons Harris Junior; daughters, Sally Harris Whatley and husband James William Whatley of Rocky Mount and Rena Harris Earnhardt and husband, James Morrow Earnhardt of Raleigh; her beloved grandchildren, Paden Reynolds Earnhardt, James Marion Whatley, Carolyn Huffines Whatley; her sisters, Caroline Clark Trask and husband John of Beaufort, S. C., Eleanor Clark Larsen and husband Chris of Rocky Mount, and Louise Clark Strauss and Gordon of Mount Pleasant, SC; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the home, 400 Barrington Drive, Tarboro NC from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Sunday January 12, 2014.

A celebration of Rena’s life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, Tarboro at 11:00 am on Monday January 13, 2014. Burial will follow in Calvary Churchyard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Calvary Episcopal Churchyard Special Fund or Calvary Episcopal Needlepoint Guild, 411 East Church St., Tarboro, NC 27886

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc. of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting  www.carlislefuneralhome.com.

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