Charles Vernon Harris, 69, of E. Wade Avenue, Morganton, NC died Monday, December 24, 2007 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. He was born May 12, 1938 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late Frances Edna Harris. Charles was a member of Walker Road Baptist Church, and a veteran of the US Army. He retired from Rexnord and was currently working for the Griffin Security Company. He was a life time member of the Burke County Rescue Squad.Charles is survived by his wife, Iris Johnson Harris of the home; a daughter, Leslie Adair Ballreich, and her husband, Steve, of Port Clinton, OH; a son, Jamie Harris of Kings Mountain, NC; step-grandchildren, Nicholas "Bubba" Evitt and Sarah Michaela "Baby" Evitt; and a brother, Paul Branch, Sr., and wife, Linda, of Morganton.A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Burl Sain officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12 noon until 1 pm at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 2286 E. Wade Avenue, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burke County Rescue Squad, PO Box 371, Morganton, NC 28680, or to Walker Road Baptist Church, 100 Walker Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.

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