April 14, 1956 ~ November 9, 2010

Born in: Burnsville, NC,
Resided in: Alexander, NC

William "Rex" Harris, 54, of Alexander, died unexpectedly on November 9, 2010. Born April 14, 1956, in Burnsville, to Virginia (Harris) Swafford and William Alfred Harris. He later lived in Gerton for many years. Rex served in the U.S. Marines. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia (Harris) Swafford; father, William Alfred Harris; step-father, John Swafford; and uncles, James William "Bill" Mitchell and Tom Harris. He is survived by his daughter, Jesse Harris, of Edneyville; son, William "Billy" Harris; brothers, Tim Harris, Paul Harris, Tommy (Sherry) Harris, John Swafford, Jr., Donnie (Tracy) Swafford, Ronnie (Kate) Swafford, David (Connie) Swafford, Curtis Swafford, Tommy Swafford, Ralph Swafford; sisters, Naomi Harris and Patricia Smith; aunts, Martha (James) Sexton, Maude (Hartsel) Adams, Betty Sharpe; uncles, Charles "Buddy" (Patricia) Mitchell, Rex (Ann) Harris, Bill (Doris) Harris, and "Sonny" (Ellen) Freeman, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and so many friends. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Don Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at Bear Wallow Cemetery, in Gerton. His family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

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  1. You will never be forgotten your kindness and your humor and your smile will never be forgotten. We love you and will miss you forever.

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  2. I did not have the priviledge to know you. but I know someone who loves you very much. Diana’s heart is broken over your departure. but she is calmed in knowing you met Jesus face to face. and that you now know the peace that passes all understanding. I pray for God to fill the voids of the ones you had to leave with peace and happiness and a smile on their face that reflects the smile on their hearts that only you placed there by the tattoo of yourself you put in their hearts.

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  3. ME AND BROOKS LOVED YOU VERY MUCH,WE MISS YOU EVEN MORE, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.LOVEALWAYS JAMES&MARTHA SEXTON

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  4. Uncle Rex!! Wow i miss u already u will never be forgotten.. I didnt get to see u much but u are my uncle and always be. I wish you were here to see all of us grow up. I love u and i miss u.

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  5. You are gone but you will never be forgotten, I will always remember the long talks we have had. You are with your mom and dad now and one day we will meet again

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  6. He was the nicest, most hard working man I knew, the short time he spent with us will definitely never be forgotten.. You will be missed a whole heck of alot!!! Aleast your at peace now

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  7. We met Rex while he was living in Gerton. We are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying that time will ease the pain of your loss.

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  8. Uncle Rex ~ you will never be forgotten. We miss and love you so much. I will never forget all the things you taught me, You were there for me when i needed it most! Thank you for everything.. we love you and you will always be a part of our hearts.

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  9. Rex You Will Be Truley Missed I Loved You As My Nephew . You Have Gone To Be With Your Mother And Dad
    And A Grand Mother You Loved So Much.

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  10. Seems like it was just yesturday when we was sitting up all nite talking about the good old days. I will never forget ‘High Pockets & Short Britches’. Cant wate to sit down & have more of those talks. I love u cuz.

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  11. Uncle rex from tomorrow its been a year since u left us. Since then ive lost soo many people that i love and care for! I remember u sitting down in the floor and playing with izzy eventho you were in so much pain. i remember every lecture youever gave me!! God iwishyou were here in my life right now. i wish you could tell me what to do. i love you soo much uncle rex and miss you more and more every time i think about you!

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