- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The father of North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Mark Harris has died.

The Charlotte pastor announced Everette Harris died Thursday at age 89 at his Winston-Salem home. The Harris campaign says his father had been in declining health over the past several months.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The candidate says his father overcame great obstacles in life. Mark Harris said his father grew up in an orphanage and was an airplane gunner and prisoner of war during World War II. Mark Harris says he received critical counsel from his father before deciding to enter the Senate race.

The elder Harris and his wife had five children. Harris‘ mother died in recent years.

Mark Harris is one of eight candidates in the May 6 Republican primary for Senate.

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