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Clara S. Harris

Clara S. Harris, age 93, formerly of 240 Harris Street, Erwin, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 at The Palms at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. A native of Erwin, Clara is a daughter of the late Conway and Minerva (Engle) Sams. She was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church, where she taught Bible School and the Primary Nursery on Sunday. She loved Christmas ornaments and flowers and enjoyed crocheting and gardening. In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Harris; two sisters, Bess Callaway and Mable Lance; and two brothers, Cling Sams and Roy Sams.

Clara S. Harris has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: T. Patricia Rutski and husband, Peter;

Wilma Harris Johnson and husband, Benjamin Earl;

Grandchildren: Kristan Rutski;

Peter Rutski;

Jacob Rutski;

Benjamin Earl Johnson, Jr.;

Thomas Charles Johnson;

Seven Great-grandchildren;

Numerous nieces and nephews.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Clara S. Harris in a funeral service to be held at 8:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, February 23, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 AM on Saturday to go in procession. Honorary pallbearers will be: Walter Harris, Darrell Stockton, Tyrrell Anders, Brady Stockton, Peter Rutski, Jacob Rutski, Ben Johnson, Jr. and Thomas Charles Johnson.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on Facebook at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Clara S. Harris through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.