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Harry Gale Silver
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1921
Bandana
Mitchell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 2010
Weaverville
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA

Harry G. Silver, 88, died on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Brian Center in Weaverville following an extended illness.
Harry was born in the Bandana community of Mitchell County on December 19, 1921 and was the oldest son of the late Fred Silver and Edna Jarrett Silver. He was the beloved husband for 58 years of the late Gail Grubbs Silver who died in August of 2007.

Harry spent his formative years on his family's farm in Bandana. An early interest in agriculture and working with people motivated him to enter North Carolina State College (now NC State University) with the goal of becoming a county agent. After one year at NC State, he interrupted his education to serve his country during World War II. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the United States Army. The majority of this time was spent in the military police guarding German prisoners of war on both American and foreign soils. Harry always took great pride in the fact that he and his four siblings served America during war time.

After being discharged from the Army, he returned to NC State and earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy.

He moved to Madison County in 1949 and began his employment with the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service. He worked in extension service from 1949-1970 in Madison and Swain Counties. He was responsible for developing many county programs which increased farm income and provided more jobs for local people. The trellised tomato industry in Madison County was developed under Harry's leadership and brought in over one million dollars annually to Madison farmers. In 1970, Harry returned to NC State and earned his master's degree. He was inducted into the Honor Society of Agriculture. After earning his master's, he was promoted to TVA Supervisor for Western North Carolina where he worked until his retirement in 1978. Under his leadership, many new county programs in shrubbery production were initiated for many of the mountain counties. In 1993, Harry's distinguished career was recognized by his induction into the WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement, Harry devoted his time to his wife, daughter, extended family members, friends, church, and hobbies.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Marshall, where he served as deacon and assistant Sunday School teacher. He continued his membership in the Marshall Lions Club. He enjoyed making his annual fishing trip to Canada with his friends, going to Raleigh to watch NC State play football, traveling with Gail and Edna Ann, watching sports on TV, and reading. Harry had a wonderful sense of humor and was the wind beneath the wings of his family. Harry is survived by his only daughter, Edna Ann Silver Lindsay and her husband, Raeford Lindsay, of Weaverville; two sisters, Nina Turbyfill of Bakersville and Bobbie Stack of Pensacola, Fla.; and two brothers, Guy Silver and his wife, Joanne, of Bakersville and Ted Silver and wife, Eleanor, of Garner.

The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday in the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Loftis officiating. Interment will follow in Silver Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Mitchell County at 2:15 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Brian Center and to Hospice of Asheville for the love and care given to Harry. They would also like to thank Norman Hyder, Harry's roommate at the Brian Center for his kindness.

Published: 2010-03-11

 
 
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 Parents:
  Fred Edwin Silver (1899 - 1994)
  Edna Mae Jarrett Silver (1901 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Gaynelle Elizabeth Grubbs Silver (1922 - 2007)
 
 Sibling:
  Harry Gale Silver (1921 - 2010)
  Guy Jarrett Silver (1929 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Silver Chapel Church Cemetery
Bakersville
Mitchell County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Roger Phillip Burnett
Originally Created by: Howard Boone
Record added: Mar 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49674070
Harry Gale Silver
Added by: Howard Boone
 
Harry Gale Silver
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Harry Gale Silver
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In memory of my father, who was my best friend. I miss you, Daddy.
- Edna Ann Silver Lindsay
 Added: Sep. 28, 2011
Im Memory of Harry Silver, a Deacon of Marshall First Baptist Church.
-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 24, 2011
An American Hero
-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 24, 2011
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