Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 20, 2010
Harriet Harris Hicks, 76, died May 15, 2010 with her family by her side in Charlotte.
Harriet was born June 5, 1933, in Franklinton to the late Grover B and Harriet Mohorn Harris. She graduated from Women’s College of the University of North Carolina later continuing her education at the University of Richmond. Harriet started her teaching career in 1955 in South Boston, Va. and the transferred to Manchester High School in Virginia. Harriet completed her teaching career as choral director at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Va. where she will be remembered for her brilliant direction of many Broadway musicals, classical performances and yearly direction of Handel’s Messiah. She also guest conducted throughout the state of Virginia and traveled overseas performing with Robert Shaw. She retired in 1991 after almost 30 years at Thomas Dale High. Harriet will be remembered always for her incredible musical gifts and her amazing ability to reach out to her students. Words cannot express what she has meant to her family.
She is survived by her husband, John Anderson Hicks of Murfreesboro; daughter, Harriet Elizabeth Baldwin of Mooresville; son, Graham H. Bruce, III of Rockwell; step-son, Mathew A. Hicks of Corpus Christi, Texas; and niece, Kimberly Cole, of Chester, Va.; She also is survived by eight grandchildren and her brother, William Harris of Cedar Point.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 in Murfreesboro at the Murfreesboro Methodist Church at 2p.m.
Friends may visit from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, May 24 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. from the Franklinton United Methodist Church, in Franklinton with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the church education center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franklinton United Methodist Church, 109 North Main Street Franklinton, NC 27525
The Hicks family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel.