Harold Steven Farlow
Harold Steven Farlow
  • May 27, 1955 - January 4, 2015
  • North Carolina

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Harold Steven Farlow, 59, died Sunday, January 4th, 2015 at his home. He had suffered for a decade with complications from cancer.
Mr. Farlow was born on May 27, 1955 in Rowan County, a son of Mrs. Dorothy Marsh Farlow and the late Harold Farlow. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of China Grove. Mr. Farlow earned a BS Degree in History from Appalachian State University and a Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as library director for various libraries in North and South Carolina. He served as library director for the Burke County Public Library system from 1996 ''' 2004. At one time, he was the youngest library director in North Carolina. He was a champion of reading and education for everyone, especially children. He also fought for animal rights and safety. He served on the board of several animal rescue and adoption organizations. His greatest loves were animals, books and old cars.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Karriker. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife, Holly Hollifield Farlow, of the home, a niece Sean Karriker of Salisbury and his beloved cats of the home.
Mr. Farlow will be laid to rest at West Lawn Memorial Cemetery in China Grove. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care and the staff of Healthy Petz.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Friends of the Burke County Public Library, 204 South King St., Morganton, NC 28655; Cats Cradle, PO Box 1915, Morganton, NC 28680 or Partners for Cats, PO Box 1061, Morganton, NC 28680.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family