Grace Ganey Harker

June 9, 1921 - December 27, 2014
Grace Ganey Harker


Grace Ganey Harker, age 93, passed away on December 27, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC. She was born in
Leland, NC on June 9, 1921.

Grace was known as “Granny” to most because of her similarity to Granny Clampett of the Beverly Hillbilles. She was very proud of all her children, especially her son, Billy for his service in both Korea and Vietnam. She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2573, as were her daughters. Difficulties in life never slowed her down or let it affect her integrity or love and support of her family. She had a special gift with her dry wit to make everyone around her feel at ease and like family.
Grace worked at France Neckwear for 23 years and was recognized for her loyalty and hard work with the title of “Miss France Neckware”. She also worked for Coastal Dry Cleaners for 18 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Rotha and Naomi Liles Ganey, her sisters Bernice Boswell, Winnie Nelson, her brother, James (Bully) Ganey and her grandson, Max Benton.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Nelson of Leland; her children, William Harker and wife Pat, Nancy Holland, Jackie Harker, all of Wilmington, Carolyn Green and Sue Skipper and husband, William of Delco. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Donald Harker and wife Susan, Bill Benton, Alan Benton, Sharon Patrick and husband, Greg, Debbie Green, Hoot Green, Ray Green, Dana Skipper, Kenny Skipper and Susan Willett and husband, Johnny. She had 25 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Grace had a deep love of crabbing, playing bingo and animals. She had a special caregiver, which was her granddaughter, Kathy.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & NHRMC for their care and compassion for Grace.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Wilmington Funeral, Village Road Chapel in Leland.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Chapel 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451. 910.383.3511


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  • January 04, 2015
    Darlene Skipper-Olsen says:
    Billie & Jackie - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I think no matter how long we are able to have a loved one - sometimes it's not long enough..... I pray you & yours have serenity thru the process. Hugs & much Love from N.H. xo

  • December 28, 2014
    Sue Skipper says:
    We loved her and will miss her.

  • December 28, 2014
    Pat Harker says:
    Gracie, yeah I called you that because only Ralph Holland and I were allowed to. Later we agreed only in private. (laugh) you did that to be ornery. I never knew anyone else so loved by so many as you. When you get to your new home please tell Annie Laurie. I love her and know now she will have a BF and fun partner. I love you so much and will miss you forever..Patsy

  • December 29, 2014
    Susan Willett says:
    My greasy, greasy, Granny! Life won't be the same without you to tell us all what to do, but I know you're in a better place!

  • December 29, 2014
    Sharon says:
    Granny, So St. Peter finally got the nerve up to call your name. I'm pretty sure heaven will never be the same. But truly our lose is heavens most precious gain. It was a honor to know you. You will be missed. Love always from Granddaughter Sharon.