The Obit For Harry Soufas

Harry C. Soufas

Published in The News & Observer on 1/1/2009

Mr. Harry Chris Soufas, 91, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, December 30, 2008 after a few months of declining health.

A Memorial service will held Saturday, January 3, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in the Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

Born in Greece, May 22, 1917, he came to America and grew up in Wilson, NC. A natural athlete, he excelled at football and baseball, and was awarded a scholarship to UNC in the mid 1930's.

From 1937-42 he played semi pro baseball in the Coastal Plain League under contract with the New York Yankees. This career was interupted by World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army Military Police in North Africa and Italy.

From 1946-50 he returned to baseball and managed Coastal Plain Leagues in Rocky Mount, Kinston, and New Bern.

He was married to Elizabeth "Lib" Edwards of Snow Hill, NC from July 1, 1940 until her death in July 2007. Most of their married life was spent in New Bern, NC, where he was a Nationwide Insurance agent until retiring in mid 1970. He then became an avid golfer, shooting his age at 70.

He was also an active member of the Shriners and New Bern Masonic Doric Lodge 568, serving as the Past Master and 33rd degree Mason. In 2005 He and Lib moved to Raleigh to be close to their children and grandson. This gave him time to talk about sports with his grandson. Harry is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Elizabeth "Lib" Edwards Soufas.

Survivors include his children, Jim Soufas, of Southern Pines, and Trish Alford of Garner; grandson, Sumner Alford, and wife Somer of Raleigh; family friends Angie and John Hall of Clinton; brother, Charles Soufas of Columbia, SC; sisters, Voula Moskos of Charleston, SC and Penny Englisis of Brooklyn, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shirner's Hospital For Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Condolences may be made at www.montlawn.com.