Harry Franklin McRee

January 18, 1931March 12, 2019

Harry Franklin McRee, age 88, of Newton, NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born January 18, 1931, in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Clyde Franklin McRee and Iva Gladys Ikerd McRee.

Harry was a member of Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton, NC, where he had been active as an usher, member of the church council, finance committee, and men’s group. He retired as an engineering specialist from General Electric and was a veteran of the US Army, having served in the Korean War. Harry was an avid NC State fan and was also a blood donor and a former volunteer for meals on wheels.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by his son, Mark Franklin McRee.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Kathleen Batts McRee of the home; daughter, Tracie M. Wien and husband Kurt of Duluth, GA; sister, Sue M. Watson of Elon, NC; brothers, Donald McRee of Raleigh, NC, Leonard McRee of Davidson, NC, and Samuel McRee of Newton, NC; and grandchildren, Joshua Wien, Erik Wien, and Kent Wien.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Beth Eden Lutheran Church with Rev. Marcus Ollis officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Eastview Cemetery in Newton, NC, prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 North Main Ave., Newton, NC, 28658 or to Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton, NC, 28658.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2019

Harry Franklin McRee

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Betty Griffin

March 14, 2019

Harry, his Mom, Dad and siblings lived across the street from me when I was young. One of his younger brothers was in school with me. Wonderful neighbors; beautiful people! It was such a pleasure seeing and visiting with Harry when I went to Abernethy Laurel's. He always had a smile and time to converse. I am saddened by his passing, but based on what I know about him, I can rejoice with the family in the confidence that he is face to face with his Saviour and enjoying a wonderful reunion with parents and others he loved who have gone on before. May God be with each one of you and hold you close during this time of grief.

Jane Killian-White

March 14, 2019


I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I have such fond memories of high school and hanging out together. Your parents were always special to me as was our friendship.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.


Jane Killian White