Mary Patterson Harbison

August 13, 1934January 7, 2012

Mary L. “Mama Lou” Patterson Harbison, 77 of Lenoir, passed away at her residence Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Mrs. Harbison was retired from Bernhardt furniture with over 25 years of service. She was a member of Harpertown United Methodist Church where she was a member of the church choir and mother of the year.

Mrs. Harbison was born August 13, 1934 in Caldwell County to the late Ralph Henry Patterson and Annie Horton Patterson. She is also preceded in death by her husband Charles Alexander Harbison, three brothers; Herman Lee Patterson, Louis Patterson and Joe Benny Patterson, four sisters; Frances Patterson, Shirley Banner, Barbara Patterson and Myrtle Patterson.

Mrs. Harbison is survived by her son Calvin Harbison of Lenoir, five daughters; Sandra Patterson Dula , Freida Evan Harbison, Myra Lynne Harbison, Jean Allen Patterson, Deloris Scroggins all of Lenoir, two sisters; Elizabeth Ann Patterson of Lenoir and Ruth Evelyn Corpening of Black Mountain, one brother; Willie Patterson and wife Katherine of Lenoir, one uncle Eugene Horton of Lenoir, one godson; Herman Lee Patterson, Jr. of Lenoir, fourteen grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harbison will be 3:00pm Thursday , January 12, 2012 at Harpers Chapel United Methodist Church with the Reverends Alvin Brown, Venoy E. Pearson, Miller Carter and James Wilfong officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 -3:00pm prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NE, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be made for Mrs. Harbison at

Pendry’s Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Harbison family with arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Bobbie Dula-Wakefield

January 12, 2012

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all..
We love you, and will continue in prayer.
~Jim & Bobbie Dula-Wakefield

January 11, 2012

Dear Family,words cannot express our sadness at the passing of your loved one. She was a wonderful,loving lady and will surely be missed. Know that she has gone to join her friends and family in a better place. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. All our love,Marie Dula Daniels, Louis and Edward Dula and Ardella Dula Sellers.

Anthony Moore

January 10, 2012

To the Harbison Family, My Family:

I would like to express my deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother, a beautiful, kind gentle spirit whose sojourn upon this earth is over.

I shall always reflect on her as a strong pillar in the Harpertown community who loved God, her family, and the community in which she lived. As a young boy, I observed her laughter which was most contagious and how she demonstrated hospitality and care to all those with whom she encountered.

May God continue to comfort and bless during this brief hour of grief.

From Anthony Moore and Family, with love

January 10, 2012

To the Harbison family
We have you in our prayer. And just know god will be with you in your time of sorrow. Mama Lou was a good woman she always had nice words to say.
Love Annie Vaught and family