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In Memory Of Our Poets

Helen Claire Raley (Harman) (1930-2016) - Class Of 1949

Born: August 09, 1930
Died: April 08, 2016

Helen Raley Harman passed away peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2016, after a brief illness. Helen will be remembered for her charitable works, outgoing personality, humor, and kindness to friends and family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John F. Harman Jr. who died in 2003; brother, Henry Raley; sisters, Lillian Crawley and Louise Raley; sister-in-law, Jean Raley; and brother-in-law, Col. Homer Crawley.

Helen was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She was a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School and attended the University of Montevallo, formerly known as Alabama College, and Auburn University, majoring in communication. She met her husband, John F. Harman Jr. of Wilmington while attending Auburn.

Helen and John moved to Lexington, North Carolina in 1954, where John established his business, the Center Street Pharmacy. After Helen’s children were older, she began a career as a social worker at Davidson County Department of Social Services. She retired after 22 years.

Helen was active in numerous local groups including the Lexington Charity League, Lexington Garden Club, and Meals on Wheels. Helen loved traveling with John, entertaining, reading and sports. She was devoted to First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, where she served in numerous capacities for over 60 years.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11am on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

Surviving are her sons, John F. “Jack” Harman III of Lexington, James “Jim” R. Harman and wife Jeanie, of Welcome; daughter, Susan Harman-Scott and husband Robert L. Scott Jr. of Nags Head; grandchildren, Hilary Stautzenberger, Caroline Harman-Scott, Quincy Harman and Jennifer Powell; great-grandchild, John D. Stautzenberger; sister, Syble Farrow of Auburn, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to:

Davidson Medical Ministries
P.O. Box 584
Lexington NC 27293

Davidson County Community
College Foundation
P.O 1287
Lexington NC 27293-1287

First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 586
Lexington NC 27293