Caroline Harris – Valdosta Today

Caroline Harris, 79, of Valdosta, Georgia passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2022 at South Georgia Medical Center under the kind and gentle care of Hospice Services. Born in Berea, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Mary Jennings. She then married the late Ray Harris of High Point, North Carolina, who was the love of her life.

The beautiful and loving Caroline earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Kentucky, and it was while working as a teacher in Cocoa Beach, Florida that she was introduced to her husband Ray . They quickly fell in love, got married, and had so much fun enjoying the beach, live music, and fresh seafood in Florida.

They always knew they wanted to start a family and it was when Caroline was pregnant with her first child and daughter Beth that they moved to Valdosta. They opened Big B Drycleaners under the direction of Caroline’s father, Gilbert. Both Caroline and Ray have worked very hard to build the successful business; they have become an integral part of the Valdosta community and downtown revitalization. It was after being blessed with their second child and son Brian that they decided to stay and raise their family in Valdosta.

Caroline and her family were devoted members of the Park Avenue Methodist Church where Caroline taught Sunday school. Besides loving, teaching and advocating for children, she also had a great love for nature, animals and gardening. Caroline remained faithful to feeding the little birds that frequented the beautiful gardens of her homes throughout her life in Valdosta.

Besides being social and fun, Caroline deeply loved all the dear friends she had made. She was an active member of the Junior Service League, Cabaret Club, Valdosta Country Club and enjoyed many Bridge friendlies with her Bridge Club. She celebrated her 52 years of marriage with Ray who was also her best friend. She was proud to be a devoted and adoring mother to Beth and Brian, and she had great love and admiration for her beautiful, talented and loving sister Gail.

Surviving are his daughter, Beth Harris and son, Brian Harris, both of Los Angeles; sister, Gail Jennings Mosely of Winter Park, Florida; and his cousins, nieces, nephews and their children.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Langdale Place and the exceptional critical care and palliative care nurses at South Georgia Medical Center. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Park Avenue UMC, 100 E. Park Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31602 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/Gift Planning 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Condolences may be sent to the family on the obituary page at Carson McLane Funeral Home.

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