Mr. Alexander Robert Harlee, Jr.

  • Born: September 14, 1940
  • Died: June 26, 2021
  • Location: 214 Pineland Ave. Clayton, North Carolina

Sanders Funeral Home

806 E Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577
Tel. (919) 934-8416

Tribute & Message From The Family

The Obituary
God gave him his first breath on September 14, 1940. God allowed him his last breath on June 26, 2021, at 10:30 am at The Oaks at Whitaker Glen-Mayview Pruitt in Raleigh NC. Alexander Robert Harlee, Jr was born to the late Alexander, Sr and Lula Clark Harlee on September 14, 1940. At an early age, he joined Martin Street baptist church. He attended JW Ligon HS and graduated in the class of 1958. Upon graduating high school, he attendedA&T University and participated in the ROTC program. He was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam era. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Ft Bragg NC. He was a former member of Red Hill UCCwhere he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, president of men's ministry, sang in the senior & male choir, served as custodian, and as a church bus driver. He also attended New Bethel UCC and presently was a member of Maple Temple UCC of Raleigh NC. At MapleTemple UCC Robert served as a Deacon Emeritus, Trustee, usher, sang in the male choir, and participated in the men's ministry until his health declined. Robert served faithfully and with enthusiasm with whatever position he held. He also attended Sunday school and bible study consistently. Robert's favorite scripture is Psalms 23 and
his favorites songs were "I Will Trust in the Lord", "I Shall Know Him" and "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand". He volunteered in Johnston County Schools (was recognized multiple times for his service) and a great supporter of theNational Association of University Women Clayton branch where he was recognized at the national convention held in East Rutherford NJ. Among his other achievements, Robert was the first black police officer in Clayton and the first black police officer to achieve the rank of Sergeant. He also worked with State Capitol Police under GovernorRobert (Bob) W. Scott's Administration. He retired from being a Greyhound bus driver and from the N.C. Department of Corrections. Robert was a charter member of the American Legion Post 518 Clayton, NC. He married Christabelle Watson Harlee on December 23, 1965. To this union, three sons were born. He is preceded in death by his parents and step-father Richard Neal White, Sr, and a sister (Thelma LucusHardy). He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 55years(Christabelle Watson Harlee of Clayton NC) sons(Alexander R. Harlee, III/Cynthia of Clayton NC);(Christopher R. Harlee/Brenda of Smithfield NC); (KenGalloway Harlee/ Tiffany of Clayton NC);( FrederickMiles), a sister (Dr. Flora H. Cordett/Jerry of LA), a brother(Richard Neal White, Jr/Annette of Fuquay Varina NC), one uncle (James Hawkins of Raleigh NC), a very special niece (Alesia Searles Green of Clayton NC), 9
grandchildren,1 great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. Robert was and will always be remembered for being kind and giving and for his outgoing personality. He would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it. A very special thanks to his special friends (SwadeSanders/Sarah; Earl Singletary/Beverly; CliftonBullock/Viola; Willie Morgan/Lizzie; Theodore Holder), the staff and caregivers at The Oaks at Whitaker Glen especially Dr. William Dunlap MD, Michael, Margie, and the Transitions LifeCare Team

Graveside Service
Saturday, July 03
11:00 AM
Pinecrest Cemetery
12830 US 70 Business Hwy W.
Clayton, NC 27520

Saturday, July 03
Pinecrest Memorial Park
12830 US 70 Business Hwy W.
Clayton, NC 27520


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sending condolences.

Posted by James Page - Hyattsville, MD - family   August 29, 2021

I was so sad to hear about the pasting of your loved one praying for the family

Posted by Barbara Patterson - Raleigh, NC   July 04, 2021

Our prayers and condolences to the family.

Posted by Mel O'D Davis - Annapolis, MD - Friend   July 03, 2021

I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Harlee's passing. We worked together for many years at Johnston Correctional. Mr. Harlee always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He was a joy to be around. I am honored to have known him and to call him my friend. Rest in peace. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jill Greer - Benson, NC - Coworker   July 02, 2021

I send sympathy and love to this wonderful Harlee Family. It has been a blessing to know you all and Deacon Harlee will always be in our hearts. My baby daughter Ashanti always said Deacon and Mrs. Harlee are my other grandparents. She holds the cold evening the Maple Temple Youth went Christmas Caroling and the cookies that were served to the youth left them with fond memories.

Posted by Blanche Royall - Raleigh, NC - Family Friend   July 02, 2021

Sorry to hear about the passing of your love one. Our prayers go out to your family.

Posted by Frances Hood - Clayton, NC - Family Friend   July 01, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace during this difficult time.

Posted by Portia Foye-Lynch - Clayton, NC - Family Friend   July 01, 2021

Rest Easy Mr. Robert you will be surely missed.

Posted by Shonda Jones Johnson - Baltimore, MD - Family Friend   July 01, 2021

To the Harlee family, I wish you peace at this time. Your family has always been dear to me. May God wrap his arms around you and give you the comfort you need.

Posted by Sheila Turbyfill - Friend   July 01, 2021

Rest in peace

Posted by Leamon Brown Brown - Dunn, NC - Coworker   June 30, 2021

To the Family:
God bless you all and grant you peace during this time. Please remember he is at perfect peace.
Your former neighbor and classmate (Clayton High School 1986)
Tisha O'Neal Gamboa

Posted by Tisha ONeal Gamboa - Neighbor   June 30, 2021

We at O'Neal Revival Tabernacle can only imagine and yet not really know the grief that you bear. Please know that our sympathy and prayers are with you.
-From Dr. O'Neal and the church family.

Posted by Elder Porter    June 30, 2021

Former Town of Clayton Police Sergeant Alexander Robert Harlee, Jr. was a trailblazer in the 1960s Clayton Police Department, serving as the Town's first black police officer. In June of 1969, he became the first officer to patrol Clayton's streets using radar as part of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. He later became the department's first black officer to attain the rank of sergeant. The Clayton Police Department is proud to honor his memory.

Posted by Clayton Police Department - Clayton, NC - Coworker   June 30, 2021

Condolences To The Family...May Your Soul Rest In Peace!

Posted by Carolyn Glover - Wendell, NC   June 30, 2021

Thanks Mr, Harlee for serving the citizens of North Carolina while working at Johnston Correctional Center. You did a good job protecting the citizens of N.C. JOB WELL DONE and R.I.P. Good Night!

Posted by Dade Sherman Sherman - Smithfield, NC   June 30, 2021

Thank you uncle Robert for being such a wonderful uncle who walked in the spirit of unity and love. You made a lasting impression on me. Thank you for your validation. I love you and miss you

Posted by Alesia Green - Clayton, NC - Family   June 29, 2021

Prayers for the family

Posted by Glenn Lee - Clayton, NC - Coworker   June 29, 2021