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James W. Harris III

Posted By obits On October 11, 2019 @ 3:06 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 14 Comments

James William Harris III died at his home in Manns Harbor, NC with Linda, his wife of 43 years, at his bedside on October 5, 2019.

Jim was born in Dallas, TX on August 14, 1946. He graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas (1964), Vanderbilt University (1968), and Harvard Business School (1973). He was a standout athlete in high school baseball and became captain of the baseball team at Vanderbilt University. He turned down an opportunity to try out for a major league team, opting instead for the challenges and opportunities of the financial industry in New York City.

He began his career in workouts and bankruptcy cases at Citibank for ten years. He then moved on to serve as managing director for Lehman Brothers’ financial restructuring division before opening his own investment-banking firm, Seneca Financial Group, based in Greenwich, CT in 1993. He also taught business classes at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jim and his family were residents of Pleasantville, NY. In 2005, Jim and Linda moved to Manns Harbor, NC, where they built a waterfront home on property that has been in her family for generations. Part of the property included a small post office, a distinctive local landmark, and a fallow pecan orchard. As he had with many corporations in his investment-banking career, Jim revived the pecan orchard. O.P. Food Products, LLC, named after his mother-in-law, Oma Pearl Daniels, who had owned the orchard, became a successful enterprise selling its crop to local restaurant, Lone Cedar, and local distillery, Outer Banks Distilling.

Jim was a voracious reader and had a sharp sense of humor. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Linda, his son and favorite golf partner, Jimmy, his cherished daughter-in-law, Tracy, granddaughters, Campbell and Riley, who captured his heart, his beloved brother and sister, Jeff and Hawley, their spouses and nephews.

Respecting his wishes, Jim will be cremated, and his ashes spread in Oma Pearl’s pecan orchard. No service will be held but family and friends will gather to celebrate his life on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, he asks that donations be made in his name to any of the following: WUNC North Carolina Public Radio (120 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27517), St. Mark’s School of Texas (10600 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230) or Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church (PO Box 95, Manns Harbor, NC 27953).

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Mary Jolliff Moore on October 11th, 2019 7:24 pm

Linda, I’ve been gone almost as long as you’ve been back, but I remember some fun times with you and Frankie and a couple others. I write this in sympathy and love. I know what it’s like to lose your mate, and we had 41 years together. I pray you and your family will be held in God’s almighty loving arms, and that your many memories will sustain you. Love, Mary

Condolence from Pam D. Jones on October 12th, 2019 10:28 am

Linda, I just saw this and I am SO sorry. Jim put up a good fight and you were there for him all the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jimmy and the family in the days ahead. Love , Pam and Ralph

Condolence from Missy & Stan Newman on October 12th, 2019 1:20 pm

Dear Linda,
I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was always kind to me. I remember when he and Stan were trimming pecan trees and Jim fell out of the tree. That was over 40 years ago. Seems like yesterday. Time has flown by while we were having fun and making memories. May he rest in peace in the orchard.

Condolence from Doc Hoggard on October 12th, 2019 5:36 pm


I was not aware Jim had been ill and sorry we have not been together recently.
What a great man and friend, from my first mtg. Here came the Wall St, Texan
who captured the heart of a Dare County gal, and he charmed everyone he encountered with a great big smile..
Smart, energetic and a heck of a golfer, he loved the simple things of family, friends and food.
You guys, Pat, Jenna, Justin and Debbie and I had some great old times and those memories are cherished.
He was my friend and you and your family are in my prayers.

Condolence from Christine J Paul on October 13th, 2019 7:48 pm

I want to send my condolences to the family, although I haven’t had the pleasure to know any of you, though I most fondly remember Mrs Oma Pearl Daniels. I admired her….. What a special human being!!!! MAY they rest in eternal peace!

Condolence from Mike Haltom on October 13th, 2019 7:55 pm

When I think of “Jimmy” Harris, here are some of the things I remember:
— He was one of my two best friends at St. Mark’s.
— He was a good student and a committed athlete.
— He was a born leader.
— He must have been handsome but who knew until the girls at Hockaday elected him “Best Looking.”
— He gave me my first beer.
I boarded at St. Mark’s and didn’t have much of a home life. Jimmie and his family always made me feel welcome in their home.
Jimmie was a good boy; Jim was a good man. Gone too soon.

Condolence from COQUETTA BROOKS on October 14th, 2019 9:42 am

Dear Linda and Family,

My sincerest love and condolences to you during this transitional period. I pray our Father God gives you comfort and understanding to help you until you meet again in Heaven.

Love eternal,
Mrs Creecy, Laverna, and Damian

Condolence from Priscilla Rayburn on October 14th, 2019 3:55 pm

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing god bless you and your family may he RiP!

Condolence from Fred Kelly on October 15th, 2019 12:33 am

Linda, So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but he must have been one heck of a guy. My sincere condolences to both you and the other members of your family. So many years have passed since we were all kids growing up on Manns Harbor. Seems like just yesterday when we skied behind the boat that your granddad gave you . Great memories. I trust that God will give you the strength to get through this most saddening of trials.

Condolence from Rosemarie and Steve Doshier on October 15th, 2019 6:17 am

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing – enjoyed our talks we had and his advice. We know he will be truly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Phyllis W Clement on October 15th, 2019 4:12 pm

Linda, I just read Jim’s obituary in today’s NYTimes. I am sending deepest condolences to you and Jimmy and family. I am deeply sorry for your loss and send my love to you.
Phyllis Wharton Clement

Condolence from Mike Batsel on October 16th, 2019 5:12 pm

Jim was a golfing friend often playing with the “Currituckers” at Duck Woods. He is remembered for his wit, competitive spirit, and tolerance of his golfing buddies at DWCC. You will be missed my friend.

Condolence from Monica Thibodeau on October 26th, 2019 10:50 am

Linda and family, I am very sorry for your immense loss. I was honored to know Jim and share in his wisdom. My sincere wishes for strength and peace.

Condolence from Jan Mann on April 19th, 2020 3:27 pm

Dear Linda,
I just found out your sad news. Seems like just yesterday we two were dressing up in old clothes and parading around in them just waiting to grow up and wear just what we wanted. I am sorry you lost your love. We continue to feed the world with our farm. It is a good life here. No traffic. Distant neighbors. I am raising my grandson after his mother died of an accidental gunshot. Take care and be safe. Know I love and miss you.

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