Peggy Harris Swaringen, 88, was born April 10, 1931 in Moore County to the late Burl and Elizabeth Harris. She was a 1950 graduate of Ellerbe High School, Ellerbe, NC, where she was a junior marshall senior class president. After graduation Peggy was employed by Sandhill Furniture Company, where she met her husband, Roy King Swaringen. Sandhill was later purchased by Stanley Furniture and she remained with the company as secretary to the General Manager until it closed 51 years later. After retirement she worked at Quail Haven and then also there as a volunteer. She was a longtime member of West End United Methodist Church where she was treasurer for many years. She sang in the choir and taught Sunday school to high school students, and later to adults.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband and brothers, Alvin Lee Harris, Elbert F. Harris, Clarence E. Harris and sister Edith H. Blue.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Richardson and husband, Decatur, of Southern Pines, and brother Robert and wife Barbara of Eagle Springs. Her nephews and nieces number many, Barbara Richardson of Aberdeen, Charles Harris of Shelby, Jimmy Harris and wife Betty of Charlotte, Edna Dix and husband Chuck of Aberdeen, Charles Harris and wife Jean of Raleigh, Tim Harris and wife Ramona of West End, Janet Jones of Aberdeen, Kathy Donaldson and husband, Robert, of Jacksonville, Florida, Judith Simmons and husband Skip of Candor, Bob Carter of Pinehurst and Zach Harris of Seven Lakes. Also many grand nephews and nieces. Peggy was loved greatly by her family.

Services will be held at the West End Methodist Church on Thursday, January 2, at 2pm with interment in the West End Cemetery. A visitation will precede the service at 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to West End United Methodist Church, 4015 NC Hwy 73 West End, NC 27376 or to First Health Hospice, PO Box 5889, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374.

Special thanks to all the caregivers at Penick Village and to Hospice.

Powell Funeral Home is honored to serve the Swaringen family.

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  1. Peggy was the most gracious and kindest person I have ever known. I worked with her for several years at Stanley Furniture and she let me me read the transcript from a book she wrote. It was wonderful; however, I never heard if she had it published. She was very intelligent and was always willing to teach you something new or share her wisdom and advice, if asked. She was the first person you saw when you opened the front door at work and was met with a beautiful smile and a hey there. I love you, Peggy. I know that you are enjoying heaven with your beloved Roy and strolling those majestic streets of gold with our Savior. Thank you for being such a beautiful friend.

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