Obituary: Willa Mae Harris Lambeth

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Mrs. Willa Mae Harris Lambeth, 93, a resident of 1092 Johnsontown Road, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at her residence.

She was born in Davidson County, July 17, 2920 a daughter of William V. Harris and Alma Lookabill Harris and was a lifelong resident of Davidson County. She graduated from Davis-Townsend School and Ashmore Business College. She was a former employee of the Smith Clinic and had retired from the Davidson County Health Department in 1983 following 30 years of service. In 1964 she received a Davidson County Medical Certificate Award for her outstanding contributions in the fight against polio.

She had been a member of Johnsontown United Methodist Church for over 60 years and was a member of the church Sunday school and a former church secretary. She was awarded the honor of 2013 Lay Person of the Year by the church for her dedicated service through the years. She was a member of the Thomasville Womans Club and a member of the NC Governmental Retirees Association.

On November 9, 1940 she was married to Paul Edward Lambeth who died December 9, 2007. She also was preceded in death by a son, Tony Edward Lambeth; sisters, Virginia Page and Maxine Conrad; and  a brother, the Rev. Luther Harris.

Surviving are a son, Michael S, Lambeth and his wife Carolyn of Kannapolis, NC; three grandchildren, Monica Mitre and her husband Ramon, Noelle Legereit and her husband Danny, and Misha Diden and her husband Nick, all of Austin, TX; eight great-grandchildren, Andres Mitre, Sofia Mitre, Ian Mitre, Nicholas Lambeth, Luke Gonzales, Elijah Gonzales, Tessa Diden, and Miles Diden.

The funeral services will be conducted Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville by the Rev. Eric Lineberry and the Rev. Jenna Grogan. Burial will be in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1 until 2 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to Johnsontown United Methodist Church, 1057 Johnsontown Road, Thomasville, NC 27360 or to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292.

The family would like to thank her caregiver, Sheila Summer for her years of dedication and loving care.

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