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Dorothy Mae (McCanles) Harris

October 29, 1920 ~ December 3, 2019 (age 99)

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Dorothy Harris, 99, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Yancey House.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Landon and Belle Bodford McCanles, and the wife of Edward L. Harris who passed away in 2001.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Gladys McCanles; and brothers:  Garrett (Patty) and Jack McCanles.

Surviving are her daughters:  Judy Sparks and husband, Kenny, and Gwen Harris, all of Burnsville, and Janice Mattox and husband, Carter, of Newport, Virginia; grandchildren:  Stephen Sparks, Scott Sparks and wife, Brandy, Edward Baron Mattox and wife, Lauren, and Landon Mattox and wife, CiCi; 4 great grandchildren:  Caleb Sparks and Liam, Oliver and Charlotte Mae Mattox, with a fifth great granddaughter, Kiyah Mattox, arriving in January; and sisters-in-law:  Mary McCanles, Jean Harris and Lucille Harris.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Ken Anderson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in Pete Young Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Dorothy was a lifelong member of Windom United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities, including church treasurer for several years.  She sang in church from the time she was a child and in the Windom and Newdale charge choirs for decades.  Dorothy loved all the church’s programs, especially Bible study and Sunday School, and gladly cleaned and decorated the church as long as she was able.  She loved to work and worked on a public job until family obligations required her to retire.

The thing her family remembers most about her is her dedication to her family.

Memorials may be made to Compassionate Care WNC, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dorothy Mae (McCanles) Harris, please visit our floral store.


December 6, 2019

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
501 East Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

Funeral Service
December 6, 2019

7:00 PM
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
501 East Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

Graveside Service
December 7, 2019

11:00 AM
Pete Young Cemetery
649 Chestnut Hill Road
Burnsville, NC 28714


Compassionate Care Western North Carolina
856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville NC 28714

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