the republic logo

Father of US Senate candidate Mark Harris dies at age 89, was World War II veteran and POW


WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — The father of North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Mark Harris has died.

The Charlotte pastor announced Everette Harris died Thursday at age 89 at his Winston-Salem home. The Harris campaign says his father had been in declining health over the past several months.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The candidate says his father overcame great obstacles in life. Mark Harris said his father grew up in an orphanage and was an airplane gunner and prisoner of war during World War II. Mark Harris says he received critical counsel from his father before deciding to enter the Senate race.

The elder Harris and his wife had five children. Harris' mother died in recent years.

Mark Harris is one of eight candidates in the May 6 Republican primary for Senate.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.