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Novella "Pete" Harshaw Jr.

February 12, 1950November 3, 2020

Novella "Pete" Harshaw, Jr., age 70, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

Pete was born the son of the late Novella Harshaw, Sr. and Mary Louise Wilkins Harshaw on February 12, 1950 in Morganton, NC. He served his county honorably in the United States Air Force. Pete was a loving man and will be greatly missed.

Those left behind to cherish Pete's memory include a daughter, Betinna Harshaw; a granddaughter, Laquita Harshaw; two brothers, Nathaniel and Donald Harshaw; four sisters, Carolyn and Lena Sudduth, Kathleen and Wanda Harshaw; and best friends, Maticka Robinson and Roy Lee Dula. Pete is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A graveside service with Air Force Military Honors will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Western NC State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. Pete will lay in state from 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Kirksey Funeral Home.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family.



  • Receiving Of Friends

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

  • Graveside with Military Honors

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Belinda Thomas-Vinson

November 13, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. You have our prayers and condolences.

Annie Johnson

November 11, 2020

I met Pete when I was 13. He was always sweet, and loving to me and made sure my belly stayed full. Him and my mother Josie we’re together for a while. I became very close with Pete and spent a lot of my days and nights with him. I never felt alone when I had Pete. 27 years later Pete still always called, visited or checked on my four children and I. We became very close the last four months, I was happy to talk to him almost every day before he left this earth. I appreciate him for coming into our life it was a pleasure knowing him. He was the best step dad I could ask for. There will always be a hole in my heart because I truly love him, I am going to miss him 🖤

nelda Bailey

November 11, 2020

My heart is very heavy at the departure of my friend Pete Harshaw. During our teenage years, we became close friends and we hung out after Youth meetings and had lots of fun. Yes, Pete and Robert furnished us with transportation into both Morganton and Lenoir. The Vietnam War would soon cause us to part, but God brought both guys and many others back home while all of us still remained close in our hearts.. So long good-looking soldier It is our prayer to see you again in Heaven.

Shelia Caldwell

November 10, 2020

My sincere condolences extended to the family! May God bless and comfort you as only He can! Rest In Peace "Pee Wee"!

Willie Kincaid

November 8, 2020

With deep sympathy at this time of sadness. Wishing your family strength and peace with God's blessings.

Barbara McLean

November 8, 2020

I will always remember Pete for his loving heart.

Josette Anderson

November 6, 2020

The most gentle and compassionate man I ever met in my lifetime. I loved him with all my heart. I will never forget him . A man so wonderful you can never forget. We had great times together. For now so long Pete but not goodbye. My only comfort knowing you are gone is no more long visits and stays at the doctor. No more pain. Thank you God for bringing him in my life Knowing Pete was knowing you loved me ❤️

Pamela Gantt

November 6, 2020

I am so heartbroken at the passing of my dear dialysis buddy. I am so honored that this wonderful soul came into my life. I loved him dearly and his smile could light up my day. We will miss him here at the clinic and offer up prayers for his family and friends as they strive to deal with the grief that death brings. I will hold him forever in my heart as one of my truly special patients. Rest In Peace my friend.


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