Ruth C. Harkins

Jul 12, 2013

1920 — 2013

CANTON — Ruth Cothran Harkins, 92, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Autumn Care of Waynesville.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Olvie Veal Cothran.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Harkins, who died in 1998; a sister, Geneva Hyde and a brother, Billy Cothran.

Ruth was a member of First United Methodist of Canton.

She is survived by a son, Michael Harkins and his wife, Carol, of Canton; six sister-in-laws, Charlotte Cothran, Thomasine Harkins, Rubye Harkins, Margaret Burris, Joyce Harkins and Adele Harkins; two grandchildren, Travis Harkins and his wife, Jennifer, and Spencer Harkins; and a great-granddaughter, Khloe Harkins.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Clay J. Morgan and Dustin James officiating.  Burial will follow at Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1250 Willis Cove Road, Canton, NC   28716.

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