Mary Evelyn Grant Harris

Posted at 3:25 PM on May 11, 2019


Mary Evelyn Grant Harris, 82, of Statesville, N.C., passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, at her home. Evelyn was born in Iredell County on November 26, 1936, and was the daughter of the late Braxton and Ida Mae Wilson Grant.

Evelyn worked for Hearst Celanese Fiber, where she retired after 25-plus years of service. Following her retirement, she worked as a home caregiver.

She was a member of Countryside Baptist Church and it was there that she reaffirmed her faith in Jesus.

Evelyn was a hard-working woman and it was said that she could outwork 10 men. She grew up on a farm and started working at the age of five. She worked diligently to keep a clean house and keeping things put in their place. She would say “line your shoes up at the door.” The kids and family alike followed those instructions well when they would come to the home to enjoy some of her great home cooked meals, which will be missed. She also enjoyed traveling with friends on Christian Tours. Evelyn loved her church and her church family. It all came down to the love she had for her Savior and her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart. Her presence will be missed greatly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve and Bobby Grant; one sister, Arlene G. Wilcox; son-in-law Paul Dean Hooper; and a grandson, Paul Justin Hooper.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Mickey Carol Harris (Ellie) of Mississippi, Ricky Darol Harris of Statesville and Renee H. Hooper of Statesville. She is also survived by a sister, Nancy G. Goodman (Kenneth) of Troutman; a brother, Donald Grant of Statesville; four grandchildren, Jeffery L. Harris (Brittany) of Dadeville, Ala., Brittany Hooper Ladd (Tyler) of Troutman, and Tanner Harris and Curtis Josey, both of Statesville. She is further survived by five great-grandchildren, Zakre, Emma, Sylas, Laken, and Maverik, along with two sisters-in-law, Rachel Grant and Geraldine “Duff” Grant, both of Iredell County.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Countryside Baptist Church with Pastor James Smith officiating. Entombment will follow in the Iredell Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will visit with friends Tuesday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Nicholson Funeral Home. Active pallbearers will be Ricky and Tanner Harris, James Riddle, Tyler Ladd, Curtis Josey, and Eddie Elkins.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Evelyn G. Harris.

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