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Originally published: 2012-11-13 13:26:27
Last modified: 2012-11-13 13:26:27

Wilma Gladys Ward Harmon

Wilma Gladys Ward Harmon of Boyd Harmon Road, Vilas, passed into the arms of her loving Savior Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

A native of Watauga County, Wilma Gladys was born Nov. 15, 1928, to Marshall Daniel and Edna Georgia Farthing Ward. She was a charter member of Green Valley Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. Mrs. Harmon was an avid gardener and reader, and a highly gifted seamstress, but her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Gail Eller and husband, Cecil, and Deborah Ann Norris; and one son, Michael Dean Norris, all of Vilas; three granddaughters, Crystal Stewart Porter and husband, Brad, of Zionville, Leslie Eggers Wilson and husband, Bruce, of Vilas, and Candace Stewart Yu and husband, James, of Raleigh; two grandsons, Kevin Dale Stewart and wife, Felicia, of Lenoir, and Justin Graylan Eggers of Vilas; seven great-grandchildren, Dakota and Noah Stewart, Brandon, Ben and Brianna Porter, Megan Thomas, and Max Yu; three sisters, Ella Fae Storie of Banner Elk, Ida Mae Williams and husband, Kenneth, of Charlotte, and Marsha Allie Norris and husband, Henry of Banner Elk and Kinston. She is also survived by a special nephew, Kenneth Cornett, and several additional nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert David Harmon, sister, Peggy Jean Tester, and brother-in-law, William Howard Tester.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Green Valley Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Eric Cornett and Mr. Kevin Stewart. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Austin & Barnes. At other times, friends may call at the home of Cecil and Gail Eller, 522 Boyd Harmon Rd. in Vilas.

Online condolences may be expressed at the website

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Harmon family.