Cora Harr

Cora Harr

Cora Ellen Ward Harr

April 13, 2014

Date of Service: April 18, 2014

Interment Location: Garden of Freedom


Cora Ellen Ward Harr, age 92, formerly of Watauga, TN, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton. A native of Avery County, NC, Cora was a daughter of the late James Monroe and Arizona Millsaps Ward. She came to Elizabethton to live in March of 1939, at the age of seventeen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, Elbert Frederick Harr (February 23, 2004); six brothers, George Ward, Dayton Ward, Ron Ward, Tom Ward, Mike Ward, and Raleigh Ward; and five sisters, Anna Oaks, Grace Harmon, Jane Greene, Eliza Stines and Susie Trivett.

Cora was a member of Fairview Baptist Church where she worked for thirty-two years in the preschool department, served on the kitchen committee, and worked as a deacon’s wife for years. She also served as a Vacation Bible School teacher for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Murray and husband, Wayne Murray, Sr., Johnson City; Ruth Ann Ford and husband, Richard, Talbott, TN; two sons, J.C. Harr and fiancé, Kathy Thomas, Elizabethton; Wayne Harr and wife, Rachel, Watauga; nine grandchildren, Wayne Murray, Jr., Atlanta, GA; Anthony Frederick Murray and wife, Carrie, Johnson City; Renee Keller and husband, Travis, Arkansas; Rhonda Grooms and husband, Kevin, Morristown, TN; Rebecca Ellen Seal and husband, Matthew, Morristown, TN; Tammy Markland and husband, Kenny, Elizabethton; Shannon Harr, Elizabethton; Sherry Shepard and husband, Acyle, Johnson City; Heather Cole and husband, Keith, Elizabethton; eleven great-grandchildren, Russell Vines, John Vines, Josh Markland, Zac Markland, Hayden Keller, Sierra Clark, Kallie Cole, Cooper Anthony Cole; Jon Shepard, Cora Beth Seal and Millie June Seal; four special nieces, Delorise Lentz, Linda Clawson, Mary Ann (Ward) Rhine and Reba Church; and several other nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Cora’s life will be conducted at 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Riverside Chapel at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Dr. Kenneth Jordan and Pastor Dean Smith officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Debbie Gouge, soloist. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Thursday or at the home of her daughter, Janice Murray and the home of her son, Wayne Harr at anytime.

The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Anthony Frederick Murray and Wayne Murray, Jr.; great-grandsons, Josh Markland and Zac Markland; grandsons-in-law, Kenny Markland, Keith Cole, Kevin Grooms, Matthew Seal and Travis Keller. Honorary pallbearers will be Acyle Shepard, Bobby Dugger, Buddy Arney, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Caldwell, Betty Isaacs, Tony Mottern, Bob Livingston, Jim Parlier, Bernice Hyder, Barbara Campbell, and Dr. James Shipley. Everyone will meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton at 10:15 AM on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Robert Walter and the nurses and staff of Hillview Health Center Station 2 for the loving care and support given to “Miss Cora.”

Happy Valley Memorial Park