Gene Allen Harris

October 28, 1940 - January 17, 2012
Gene Allen Harris


Mr. Gene Allen Harris passed away at Lower Cape Fear Hospice
& LifeCareCenter, Wilmington, N.C. on Tuesday January 17, 2012 after a
long, courageously-fought battle with chronic illness. He was 71 years old.
Gene was the youngest child, born on October 28, 1940 in Wilmington, N.C. to the
late John and Cora Harris. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two
sisters.

Gene was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air force in the
early sixties, after traveling to many countries and states. New York City was
his home for many years. Gene also did a tour in Vietnam. He came back to
Wilmington, N.C., where he worked for various companies, including Progress Energy and General Electric, always returning to his main love of auto
mechanics which was patiently taught to him by his brother-in-law, Mr. Robert
Doughty, Sr. (Deceased)

Gene accepted the Lord, Jesus in his life through the preachings
and teachings of his sister and brother-in-law, Drs. Ann and Otha Hadnot. He
was a member of the Apostolic H. H. Holiness Church.

Gene is survived by his wife, Ida Mae Harris of Wilmington,
N.C., one son Mr. Tony E. Harris of Wilmington N.C., a special granddaughter that
he helped to raise, Miss Tonia M. Blanco, and his daily inspiration, Little
Asia E. Gurganious (Whom affectionately called him “Papi”), four step children:
Mrs. Trina Elder (Husband, Fredrick who always stood with us) of Wilmington
N.C.,  Ms. Teresa Robinson of Layette, Louisiana,
Ms. Tonia Carr of Charlotte, N.C. and Mr. Terry Carr of Wilmington, N.C. ,
grandchildren, Mia, Natasha, Greg (wife Courtney), Maria (Husband William),
Rauquel, Luie, Ariana, Kyi, Ashley, Bianca, Zanadia, Adam, and Kyle. Nine
great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Ida Mae Doughty of Wilmington NC, Dr.
Ann H. Hadnot(Husband Dr. Otha Hadnot) of Wilmington, N.C. A special friend,
Mr. Frank Williams of Wrightsboro, N. C. Many Nieces, Nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held 12:00PM Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Macedonia Missonary Baptist Church, 3701 Princess Place Dr., Wilmington, NC 28405. Burial will be in the Moore Cemetery on Acorn Branch Road in Wrightsboro.

Special thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff in Coronary
Care, Surgical Trama 1, Medical ICU, and the 7th floor nursing staff
for the excellent care that was received, and to Dr. Christopher Cosgrove, who
was so inspirational and patient as Gene’s primary physician, Lower Cape Fear
Hospice & LifeCareCenter, and especially to Dr. Karen Reichow, whom could always
get him to smile.

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  • January 17, 2012
    Larry and Sharon Stukes says:
    Ms. Harris, Our prayers are with you and I know that you will be alright because you are a very strong person in your faith, and I also know that you know how to lean and depend on God. God will be holding your hand to get you through. Larry and Sharon Stukes

  • January 17, 2012
    Shirley Weeden says:
    Ida and Family, Our prayers and love are with you during this sad time of loss of your loved one. We pray that God will wrap in his love and care and help you through this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort and peace. Love one another and know that God is there for you. Love, Shirley and Ken Weeden

  • January 17, 2012
    Larry & Beth White says:
    Ida and Family...you are definitely in our prayers at thoughts at this time. Know that Gene is in the arms of God and resting so peacefully! We love you!

  • January 18, 2012
    Oralia and Spencer Rummage says:
    Our Dearest Friend Ida and family: All of our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. May our dear Lord give you all the strength and peace to endure this loss, by knowing that Gene is in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. May God bless all of you and be with you. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers. We love all of you. Love and blessings, Oralia and Spencer

  • January 19, 2012
    Ida Harris says:
    GOOD MORNING HONEY, WE MISS YOU SOOO MUCH, BUT WE THANK GOD THAT YOUR STRUGGLE IS OVER. WE ARE BUSY WITH WHAT HAS TO NOW TAKE PLACE AS YOU WATCH US WHLIE RESTING IN THE ARSM OF THE LORD, FREE FROM ALL YOUR PAIN, AND THE TROUBLES OF THIS ERATHLY LIFE! REST!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!