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Ryland Pett Harris
SoVaNow.com / November 12, 2012
Ryland was born in Granville County on Nov. 29, 1932 and was the son of the late Shirley Allen and Rosa Bell Elliott Harris. He graduated from Oak Hill High School with the Class of 1950 and furthered his education with classes at Clemson and North Carolina State University. Ryland was a member of Union Christian Church in Virgilina where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher and sung in the choir. He was retired from Burlington Industries where he worked for 45 years, lastly as superintendent of Burling & Mending. Ryland was PTA President of Oak Hill, a member of Virgilina Lodge 248, AF & AM; Eastern Star, South Boston – Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History; Rotary Club; South Boston Planning Commission, and the Wolf Pack Club.
Mr. Harris is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Wanda Harris of Raleigh, N.C., daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Roy Laney of Oxford, N.C., step-daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Vance Bowen of Virgilina, and sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Edward Compton of Oxford, N.C. Ryland’s four grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 8 step-great grandchildren also survive.
A funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 10 in the chapel at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home with the Revs. Heather Totty and Michael Harris officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites followed in the Virgilina Cemetery immediately following the service.
The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at http://www.wclfh.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations in Ryland’s name to the South Boston –Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History, Post Office Box 383, South Boston, Va 24592 or the National Alzheimer’s Association, Post Office Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.