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Doris Jean Chaffin Kurfees, of Harmony, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.
She was born on February 16, 1931, in Davie County to Stacy Hanes Chaffin and Angie Inez Ijames Chaffin. She was a graduate of Mocksville High School and upon graduation she attended Salisbury Business College and earned an Associates Degree in Business. During this time, she did clerical work for Burr C. Brock, a lawyer in Mocksville, and she later worked in the office of C.C., Sanford and Son, a department store in Mocksville. She began working in the office of Garrison Machinery in Statesville in 1950, and in 1961, she began working in the office of J.P. Stevens in Turnersburg as a secretary and was office manager until she retired in 1991 after thirty years. She enjoyed working at JPS and made many lifelong friends during her years of service.
After settling in Harmony in 1952 with her husband, Ralph, and daughter, Jean, Doris was an active member of the community. She attended Harmony Baptist Church for many years and served various roles during that time. She later became a member of Clarksbury United Methodist Church and was president of the senior group for a number of years. She helped plan and organize numerous trips and meals for this group, and she enjoyed helping with crafts during VBS. She was a member of the Harmony Garden Club, Clarksbury ECA, and was a charter member of the Harmony Friends of the Library. Through the years she served in various offices in these organizations. She was also a member of Harmony Woodman Life Lodge 999. For many years she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader in North Iredell and in 1981 she served as the division chairperson for the United Way. Upon her retirement, she delivered “Meals on Wheels” and volunteered at Harmony Elementary School and North Iredell Middle School. She loved to sew, quilt, and garden, and she enjoyed making baskets, pound cakes, pecan tarts, and peanut brittle to share with others. She liked to watch the birds and play cards and board games with her family and friends. Though she never tired of sharing her many gifts and talents, her greatest love was that of family. She was a strong woman with a quick wit, and a natural caregiver. She nurtured her family with encouragement, support, and unconditional love.
She was preceded in death by, her husband of forty-three years, Ralph Chalmus Kurfees, whom she married on October 14, 1950, her loving daughter Jean Carrie Kurfees Weeks, and her husband, Tommy Weeks; five brothers, Norman, Dale, Thurmond, Morgan, and Gary Chaffin, and one sister, Eloise Chaffin Stephens.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Teresa Kurfees Johnson, and her husband Sherrill of Harmony, her two granddaughters, the lights of her life, Carrie Johnson Furr, and her husband, Noah, of Chapel Hill, and Stacey Johnson Craven and her husband, Chris, of Harmony, and two great grandsons whom she adored, Miles Jordan Furr and Paxton Lee Craven. She is further survived by her baby sister, Bonnie Chaffin Gunter, whom she loved dearly, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2-3 on Monday, February 26 at Clarksbury United Methodist Church at 924 East Memorial Hwy. A service to celebrate Doris’ life will follow at 3 PM with the Reverend Cliff Wall officiating. Internment will follow the service in the Harmony Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Clarksbury United Methodist Church, 924 East Memorial Highway Harmony, NC 28634; Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road Statesville, NC 28625; or Matthew 25 Ministries, P.O Box 206 Harmony, NC 28634.
The family of Doris Kurfees wishes to express sincere appreciation to the administration and staff, especially the nurses and nursing assistants of Iredell Memorial Hospital and Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County and Gordon Hospice House for their tender care, kindeness, and compassion during this difficult time.
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Kurfees Family.
Clarksbury United Methodist Church
C/O Ann Cline 2464 Old Mocksville Rd., Statesville NC 28625
Matthew 25 Ministries
PO Box 206, Harmony NC 28634
Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County
2347 Simonton Road, Statesville NC 28625