June breathed her first in a coal mining village in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky on June 5, 1931 and breathed her last on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on Nov. 16, 2023. The first of five children, Foyster D. King and Judy Ethel (Logan) raised their children in the dust of the mines until June was of school age when they moved the family to Cranks Creek in Kentucky. This side-of-the-mountain home was the genesis of numerous family stories throughout June’s young life into adulthood. She left home to attend Montreat College where she excelled in academics and enjoyed the student life of athletics, music and involvement in school associations. She worked at college throughout the year and into the summers. In 1954, her senior year, she was selected as “The Typical Montreat Girl.” While a student at Montreat, she occasionally babysat for the children of a local family and advocate of the college, Reverend Billy and Ruth Graham.
June began the next phase of her life working at the YMCA in Charlotte where she met her future husband of 68 years, Dan S. Harris, Jr. There is a love story there that will be cherished and shared in the family! Their life together brought them from Charlotte to Nagshead, back to Charlotte, Rhode Island, Long Island to Salisbury. They retired to Table Rock, South Carolina with frequent trips to Nagshead, North Carolina.
Raised in a religious home, June grew into a gentle woman of faith and a powerful prayer warrior. She lived a life of service to her family, friends, and strangers alike. She was very active in each church community they joined: choir, Sunday School, dinners, plays and committees. Their family of four children (Judy, Lynn, Danny and Amy) with their spouses, provided June with nine grandchildren and the name she cherished the most, Granny. Her afternoon tea and supposed dinners of “bees knees and buffalo snouts” will always be happy memories for her grandchildren. Her nine great-grandchildren will know her by the stories of her life shared at family gatherings. June will be remembered for feeding many with her love and kindness followed by her rich and lasting hugs. She worked her whole life in the service of her Lord.
June passed away looking into the eyes of her husband, knowing that she was deeply loved.
Elizabeth June was preceded in death by her parents Judy Ethel and Foyster D. King and her siblings Ronald King and Sylvia Kay Baudendistel. She is survived by sisters Virginia Lynn Sykes and Sharon Joy Ebling, sister-in-law Faye Brown King, brother-in-law Lenard Ebling as well as many nieces and nephews.
There will be a funeral service Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Highway in Seaford. A visitation will precede the service at 12:30 p.m. Dianne Deming, Pastor, will officiate the service.