Lottie Middleton Harner Rowe

October 18, 1921May 22, 2020

SALISBURY, NC: Lottie Middleton Harner Rowe passed away on Friday May 22 2020, with her daughter Jane Harner Wilkinson by her side. Her Son, Jim Harner, Daughter Jane and her Grandson Daniel were all able to visit her on Thursday May 21. Lottie was born in Grenada, Mississippi on October 18, 1921 to Zackery Middleton and Sadie Shumake Middleton. She married Dr. George Harner in 1945 while George was attending Texas, A&M. They were married for over 50 years. Dr. Harner worked for the Federal Government and he and Lottie relocated over 30 times during his career. Lottie loved every move and quickly made friends.

Lottie is survived by her son James W. (Jim) Harner (Nancy), daughter, Jane Harner Wilkinson (Dan) and 1 grandchild Daniel Harner Wilkinson (Lauren). She has 2 great granddaughters, Hailee and Maddie. She is also survived by her Sister, Shirley Palmertree.

Lottie loved social gatherings, family events, playing bridge, gourmet club and her walking group in Raleigh’s Brookhaven neighborhood. She loved to host events in her home and was known far and wide as the “perfect hostess”. She was also known for her extraordinary cooking skills. She made the absolute best Apple Pie and Strawberry Shortcake ever!

After Dr. Harner’s death, she married Robert Rowe and they lived at Atlantic Beach. After his death she moved back to Raleigh. In 2013, she moved to Salisbury to be near her daughter Jane and family.

Lottie was a member of Creedmoor Road Baptist church. She was a good Christian and a Proud Democrat.

There will be a Private Family Graveside Service on Wednesday, May 27th in Raleigh. Flowers are accepted or you may make a donation to the therapeutic horse camp, for people with disabilities, Saving Grace Farm, 725 Jackson Road, Salisbury NC 28146.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020


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Sandra Peed

May 26, 2020

I was so sorry to read about Lottie’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. She was in Third Agers with me at MillbrookUMC in Raleigh. Even though I am much younger than Lottie, she always was fun to talk with & very entertaining. My friend & I were the trip leaders when Lottie fell on our trip to Cape Cod. I remember that morning when we went to the hospital by cab to pick her up. The roads were very bumpy with pot holes & the driver was driving so slowly b/c every time she hit a bad spot in the road, Lottie felt it. She was such a trooper! Lottie had traveled with us on several trips in the previous years. She was always so pleasant, never complained, & so easy to get along with. She was a perfect example of a true Southern Lady!!


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