Obituary for Carolyn Eloise Harriss Sheffield

Carolyn Eloise Harriss Sheffield, age 82, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

She was born in New York City on April 14, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Worth Bagley and Harriet Bowman Harriss. She grew up in Red Bank, NJ and graduated from Red Bank High School in 1957. In 1961, she graduated from the Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, NC, where she achieved a double major in education teaching English and History. She began teaching shortly after at the Pinehurst High School from 1961-65. She became head of the English Department and taught History. Carolyn also helped with the theater productions and yearbooks. From there, she was at Aberdeen High School from 1965-69. In 1969-70, she taught at Pinecrest High School and was a member of the Humanities Teaching Team.

In 1964, marriage to James W. Sheffield, Jr. began the couple’s journey that would last 39 years. In 1970, a move to Ocean Isle Beach, NC, brought years of wonderful memories for the growing family. Mr. Sheffield operated the Sheffield’s Seafood and Grocery for 25 years. Mrs. Sheffield went on to teach in the Brunswick County public schools. She and her husband were members at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

Later years, her retirement would find her in Moore County, attending Eureka Presbyterian Church in Carthage, NC. She kept herself busy with reading, gardening, cooking and travel. Her favorite places were the Sandhills Gardens, Ocean Isle Beach, and Wilmington, NC. 

Carolyn was predeceased by her late husband James W. Sheffield, Jr. on February 15, 2003. She is survived by her children, James “Jimmy”  Wesley Sheffield, III and daughter, Caroline Sheffield, both of Carthage, NC and a sister, Janet Greco of Madison WI,

Friends are invited to the visitation on February 15, 2022 from 12-1 PM, at the Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC. The funeral service will start at 1 PM, with Pastor Stephen Gutridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Culdee Presbyterian Church Cemetery in West End, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Carolyn’s memory to the American Heart Association at the  American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. 

Powell Funeral home is serving the Sheffield family.

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