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Sherrill Franklin Harris, Jr.

December 2, 1936 ~ July 31, 2022 (age 85)


Mr. Sherrill Franklin Harris, Jr., (aka Pappy) passed over the rainbow peacefully on Sunday, July 31, 2022. He’s at rest and has found his eternal peace. His parents were Sherrill Franklin Harris Sr and Iola Lee Beck Harris of Thomasville. He was pre-deceased by his wives, Nancy Ellen Landreth Harris and Inez Miller Harris. He is survived by his Children: Charles Reeves “Chuck” Harris (Marie) of Concord and Zeba Bregetta Harris Barringer (David) of Mt Pleasant. He has four surviving stepchildren: Sharon Church, Bob Byrd, Cecilia B Ayers (Ken) and Nancy Bernice Mabe Hull. His Grandchildren are Gregory Charles “Greg” Harris (Elizabeth) and Dr Jennifer Nicole Harris, both of Thomasville. Miles Turner Barringer (Jessica) and Leonard Allen Barringer (Samantha Graham) of Mt Pleasant and Nikki McLucas Thornton (Robert) of Harrisburg. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Lillian Claire “Lily” Harris and Grace Rose Harris of Thomasville. Maddox Ray Elwood, Wyatt Wayne Elwood, William Turner Barringer, Ford William Graham, Leonard Sawyer Barringer, Fox Reed Barringer and Tatum Maximus “Tate” Barringer, all of Mt Pleasant and Peyton Rose Thornton of Harrisburg. He is survived by his Sister, Brenda Jean Harris Hale (Bill) of Thomasville. He has several cousins, including Terry Wayne Beck (Terresa), Ricky Wayne Beck (Robin) and Larry Steven Beck of Thomasville who were very special and close to him. While growing up in Thomasville with his “furniture family” he played baseball, basketball, football and softball. After school, if there wasn’t a planned game for his Thomasville High School “Bulldogs” team, he traveled through town on his bicycle, equipped with his glove on the handlebars to find a game. He said if they were short of players, he could play all positions on the ball field and could fill in for anyone as needed. He graduated from Thomasville High School in 1954. His Daddy offered him a new car and paid tuition to “Carolina” or “State College” if he would go and ‘play ball’. Because he knew he was not a scholar, he told his Daddy, “there’s no point in wasting my time and your money” figuring he wouldn’t pass the grades at any college to stay on the team. He stayed in Thomasville and played for the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms, other semi-pro teams and various social leagues in the area. His coaches encouraged him to go to try-outs in Florida for a professional baseball team, but he refused to fly on an airplane. He said if he could travel by car, he’d go, but NO to a plane ride! In his working life, he was an outsider/upholsterer in the furniture industry; was proud of the fact that many of his pieces were displayed on the showroom floor at Thomasville Furniture, where his Father and Grandfather had worked before him. He raised tobacco for several years while helping his friends and family in their tobacco crops also. He later worked for McLean Trucking in Winston-Salem as a tire recapper and was a parts courier for Modern Auto. He retired at the age of 62. He knew he was loved by his entire family. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments in life. He loved his family, country music, traveling to the beach and lake, camping at their “little place” in the mountains, bowling and NASCAR races. He was a die-hard Atlanta Braves and Carolina fan. He traveled to every race on the NASCAR circuit and attended Spring Training in Florida for the Braves for many years and loved every minute of his travels. He never met a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and witty sense of humor. His family would like to thank his caregivers at the Mt Pleasant House of Mt Pleasant, The Brian Center, Hospice of Cabarrus County and Drs, Nurses and Aides at Atrium Health-Cabarrus of Concord for their love and compassion shown to him. Special thanks to his dear friends and family members for the meals and frequent visits that he enjoyed very much.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM at the JC Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the funeral home. A private burial of ashes will be held at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Thomasville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361. Online condolences may be sent to the family at  

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Memorial Service
August 14, 2022

3:00 PM
JC Green and Sons Chapel (Thomasville)
122 W. Main Street
Thomasville, NC 27360
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