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
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
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
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
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,
Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.
Condolences may be made at www.montlawn.com.