Belle M. Harris

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 3, 2008

POCOMOKE CITY, Md.—Belle McCoy Harris, 83, of Winter Quarters Drive, died Feb. 1, 2008, at Hartley Hall Nursing Home in Pocomoke City.

She was born Oct. 19, 1924 in Wallaceton, Va. (Norfolk County) to the late Willie and Nannie Alexander McCoy.

Mrs. Harris was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, William E. Harris Jr. in 2001 and her brother Norman W. McCoy in 1957.

During her husband, W.E.’s employment with St. Regis Paper (now International) they lived in Franklin, Parma, Ohio, Winfield, IL, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Battle Creek, Mich.

She was very active in community and church affairs and forged many lasting friendships.

They retired to Pocomoke City in 1978 and operated Harris Tru Value Hardware with their son Bill.

After their son Bill assumed ownership of the store in 1992 (now Harris Ace Hardware) Belle remained active working at the store until losing her eyesight in 2001.

She will be remembered for her love of family and friends and kindnesses to those in her community. She was always ready to prepare food for friends when illness or deaths occurred.

&uot;Miss Belle&uot; as she was lovingly known in the community was an active member of Lynnhaven Baptist Church prior to her home confinement due to many illnesses.

Survivors include sons, William K. &uot;Bill&uot; Harris and wife Sharon of Westover, Md., B. Kevin Harris of Florida; daughter, Hope Nelson and husband Ken of Forest, Va.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one step-grandson and three step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Garrett of Moyock, N.C. and Myra Matthews and husband Jim of Chesapeake.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Lynnhaven Baptist Church in Pocomoke where friends may call Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Revs. Kerry Hinton and Paul Elligson will be officiating.

Interment will be held in First Baptist Cemetery in Pocomoke.

Contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

The family would like to express their appreciation to her friends who were so faithful during her shut-in-days.