|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1859|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1933|
North Carolina, USA
Fletcher Harris was the 4th of 7 sons and 8 children born to B. F. Harris and Ann Eliza Rogers. He graduated from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia at an age too young to practice. He married Helen Cary Page in Mooresville in 1884.
Obituary from the Henderson paper in 1933
DR F.R. HARRIS IS CLAIMED BY DEATH
Widely Known Henderson Physician Passes Away During Sunday Noon
WAS ILL THREE WEEKS
Had Been In Poor Health Several Years; Was Practicioner Many Years and Later Was Health Officer Here
Dr. Fletcher Reese Harris, 74, for many years a widely known physician here, and later county health officer, died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday in this city after an illness of nearly three weeks. He had been in failing health for several years since he underwent an operation. Heart trouble was given as the cause of death.
Dr. Harris was born September 25, 1859, in Granville county, but had lived in Henderson, the son of Benjamin Franklin Harris of Granville county and Ann Rogers Harris, of Franklin county. Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist Protestant church, in charge of the pastor, Dr. L. W. Gerringer, assisted by Rev. D. E. Earnhardt, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church.
Dr. Harris had been a resident of Henderson half a century, or ever since he began the practice of his profession 50 years ago, following completion of his medical training at the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. He was for many years a member of the First Methodist Protestant church here and very prominent in its affairs. He was high in the masonic fraternity. For many years he was a member of the State Board of Health.
Dr. Harris was a past master of Henderson Lodge No. 229, A.F. and A.M.; past high priest of Henderson Chapter No. 54, Royal Arch Masons; member of Henderson Council No 10, Royal and Select Masters, and past eminent commander of Henderson Commandery No. 15, Knights Templar and a Shriner.
Dr. Harris has been a director of the Citizens Bank and Trust Company more than 28 years, having been elected December 28, 1904, to succeed the late James H. Lassiter, who died that year, and serving continuously until his death.
Active pallbearers for the funeral were announced as follows: Cary Page and Costin Page, both of Greensboro, Stephen Steele, Rockingham; B. Frank Harris, Lueco R. Harris, and Sam R. Harris, Jr. all of Henderson, Willard W. Harris, of Durham, and R. L. Arrington of Rocky Mount.
Following is a summary of the activities of the deceased furnished for publication:
Dr. Fletcher Reese Harris after a long life of helpfulness to rich and poor alike, passed away August 27, 1933 at 12:45 p.m. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Cary Page Harris whom he married in 1884. Three daughters Miss Agnes Reese Harris and Mrs. William H. Boyd of Henderson; Mrs. Randolph Owen of Richmond Va.; and one son Page Harris of Durham. Two older brothers also survive besides countless friends born of a gentle broherhood and many others made by personal contact and Christlike ministrations. These all will be like glittering stars in his memory and may deck his crown in the new city.
He was born September 29, 1859, just as the war clouds began to appear on our horizon. Born of the impetuous families of Rogers and Rolfe on the one side and the conservative Wrights and Harrises on the other, his "sails were set for any sea" He had his degree from the University of Virginia and attended the Bellevue clinic where he was urged to stay, but preferred his own country and his own kin; so he came to Henderson for his life work. He was never too tired to go to a call of distress, nor was his going contingent upon like or dislike or a prospect of reward. That same spirit actuated him in his church relationship. What his church wanted of money or service was given without stint. Westminster Theological Seminary, our board of education, the Children's home were among his special loves and "before they called" his answer was coming.
His lecture on eugenics gave him professional contacts national in its scope. He was the product of an age. He was born of the times out of the conditions. In those days when the very air was tense with political dissension, when freedom and states were clamored for all his mother's kindred, and centralized and conservation by the paternal side, then the gentle spirit of the pleasure loving poet Samuel Rogers called him in one direction and the austers spirituality of Isaac Watts called to the other, he naturally saw his possibilities and their consequent perils
Eugenics became his ideal. He gloried in his birth rights. He trusted no past, but rallied to the new citizenship and was born of God.
Benjamin Franklin Harris (1806 - 1875)
Ann Eliza Rogers Harris (1833 - 1918)
Helen Cary Page Harris (1858 - 1934)*
Agnes Reese Harris (1885 - 1942)*
Jessie Page Harris Boyd (1889 - 1975)*
George Badger Harris (1851 - 1942)*
Samuel Rogers Harris (1853 - 1942)*
Benjamin Franklin Harris (1857 - 1876)*
Fletcher Reese Harris (1859 - 1933)
Andrew Jackson Harris (1861 - 1927)*
North Carolina, USA
Plot: #125 F. R. Harris Book O
Created by: RosalieAnn
Record added: Dec 28, 2002
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