Obituary Listings

Helen Smith Harrison

October 23, 1947 January 20, 2019
Helen Smith Harrison
There are condolences waiting approval on Helen's Tribute wall
Obituary for Helen Smith Harrison

Helen S. Harrison
October 23, 1947 - January 20, 2019

While surrounded by her family, Helen Smith Harrison, 71, quietly and peacefully passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Helen was born October 23, 1947, in Boone to the late William Aiken Smith and Virginia Barnhardt Smith. At the age of two, Helen moved with her parents to Kennedy Home where she became the sister to 150 boys and girls. Helen attended North Lenoir High School and Wayne Community College. During her working career, she worked with Harrison Electric, Hollingsworth Insurance, and New Hope Oil & Gas.

A true Southern lady, Helen kept an immaculate house and yard. She found great pleasure and peace in tending to her flowers. Inside her home, she made sure beds were made every day and things were always organized and in their proper place. She still ironed her clothes and usually cooked one, if not two, meals a day for the family. Her table had to be set just right with matching silverware and plates.

Helen’s table was the heart of her home. It was there that the family gathered for home-cooked meals and joyous times of fellowship. When she prepared meals for the family, she made sure to have at least one favorite thing for her picky eaters. Family dinners had to be colorful with something green, yellow, and orange, and she didn’t like having two vegetables of the same color. With her family at the forefront of all she did, she remembered everyone’s birthday and celebrated by baking their favorite cake or dessert.

Life for Helen revolved around her family. She was deeply loved as much as she loved her family, especially her grandchildren. To her, there was nothing in the world like her grandbabies. Some of her most enjoyable times were shared with the grandkids at their many activities. She loved their dance recitals, and although she didn’t know much about sports, she still attended with a smile, even in bad weather. Helen’s absence leaves a void in the hearts of her children and grandchildren, but her love and memory will remain close to their hearts forever.

Though a private person, Helen always put the needs of others ahead of her own. She was constantly willing to help anyone with anything they may need.

Helen was a member of La Grange First Free Will Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She actively served on the Benevolence Committee and was part of the Creech Circle. Her love for her Lord was exuded in all she did.

Helen is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kendrick J. Harrison Jr.; two daughters, Tracey Harrison Roddy and husband, Chris and Kendra Harrison Sullivan and husband, Mike; three grandchildren, Cooper Roddy, Grayson Sullivan and Logan Sullivan; brother, William “Corky” Smith; and her loving companion, Abby. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Kitchen; sister-in-law, Cynthia Smith; and her beloved granddaughter, Hannah Beth Roddy.

A service to remember and celebrate Helen’s life will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. A time of visitation and fellowship will follow. Graveside committal services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery.

Helen’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Andrew Weil, his nurses and the staff at Vidant Cancer Center for the love and compassion shown to Helen. Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials may be made to La Grange First Free Will Baptist Church, 802 South Caswell Street, La Grange, NC 28551. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Helen Smith Harrison, please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events

Service Of Remembrance




7:00 PM 1/22/2019 7:00:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Time Of Visitation Will Follow Service

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551-1725 NC
United States





11:00 AM 1/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
Fairview Cemetery

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

Fairview Cemetery
107 North Forbes Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Fairview Cemetery Final Resting Place

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

107 North Forbes Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

First Free Will Baptist Church

802 South Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551

Create new album
1 File
Tribute Video
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Helen Smith Harrison

Thank you for sharing your
memory of Helen

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.