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Shirley Ann Harris

Shirley Ann Harris, age 72, of Erwin, died on Monday, May 15, 2017, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following a lengthy illness. She was born in Yancey County, NC on March 9, 1945, to the late Hubert and Birdie (Stockton) Buchanan. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three brothers, Doral Buchanan, Frank Buchanan and William “Haynes” Buchanan; three sisters, Betty Campbell, Cora Snyder and Jessie Diezel.


Shirley Ann Harris has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband: Clifford “Kip” Harris, of Erwin;

Sons: V. Malone Lewis, of NC;

Ray C. Guinn and wife Joanne, of Lexington, NC;

Jimmy R. Guinn and wife Julia, of Johnson City;

Daughter: Whitney A. Collins, of Bluff City;

Step-Daughter: Stephanie Masters, of Erwin;

Brother: Larry “Ed” Buchanan and wife Bertha, of Erwin;

Special Brother-in-law: Floyd “Gene” Harris, of Erwin;

Sister: Jean Harmon and husband Vaughn, of Erwin;

Two grandchildren;

Several great grandchildren;

Shirley’s beloved American Pit Bull, Margaret.


The family would like to extend a thank you to Life Care Center of Elizabethton for providing loving care to Shirley during her illness.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Shirley Ann Harris in a funeral to be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Travis Holloway will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 PM and will continue until service time. A committal service will be at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the funeral.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donation be made in Shirley’s name to Unicoi County Animal Shelter at or mail to Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Dr., Erwin, TN 37650.


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 Shirley Ann Harris through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.