Larry Dwayne Harless Obituary

1959 – 2015

LARRY DWAYNE HARLESS, 56, of Salt Rock, WV passed away at home on Monday, December 28, 2015. He had battled a long illness with diabetes that took him away too soon. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel with Pastor Ray Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in Green Valley Cemetery. He was born May 29, 1959, a son of the late Floyd Howard Harless and Phyllis Belle Jobe Harless. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Boyd and Disa Kirk Harless, his maternal grandparents, Fred and Edith Jobe, and one niece, Tracy Harless. Larry was born in West Hamlin but was raised in Salt Rock. He went to Salt Rock Elementary School and was an avid football player for Barboursville High School. He was employed by Hills Department Store for twenty years and also worked at Ames and Walmart. He also worked for the Cabell County Board of Education for twenty-two years. Larry was awarded several awards for perfect attendance each school year for bus driving. During the summer time he worked at the Cabell County Career Technology Center. He loved going to the beach, working on his antique car and riding his Harley Davidson. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sanders-Harless; one daughter, Andrea Nicole Harless of Salt Rock; one son, Nathan Boyd Harless of Salt Rock; and two uncles, Charlie Jobe and Frankie Jobe. Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Wednesday at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. The family would like to thank Dr. Brownfield, Dr. Skolik, Dr. Woodruff and RN Steven on 4th floor of St. Mary’s Medical Center for their professional care of Larry. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Dec. 30, 2015.

Larry Dwayne Harless

  • Born: 29 May 1959.
  • Died: 28 December 2015.
  • Parents: Floyd Howard Harless and Phyllis Belle Jobe.
  • Spouse: Sharon Sanders.
  • Known Children: Andrea Nicole Harless, Nathan Boyd Harless.
  • Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 7th great-grandson.
  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Philip Harless.
  3. Daniel Harless.
  4. Abraham Harless.
  5. William Riley Harless.
  6. John Albert Harless.
  7. James William Harless.
  8. Boyd H. Harless.
  9. Floyd Howard Harless.
  10. Larry Dwayne Harless.

Esther Ellen Harless Obituary

ESTHER ELLEN HARLESS, age 87 of Huntington, W.Va., died Thursday, November 26, 2015, at her home in Wyngate Senior Living Community in Barboursville, W.Va. She was born July 8, 1928, in Logan, W.Va., a daughter of the late Luther Jasper and Velerie McComas Harless. In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by her sister, Bernice Shelton. She retired from C&P Telephone. She was a member of Southside United Methodist Church where she also served as a Sunday school teacher and for many years as the conference delegate. Esther loved her God and her church and was active in many ministries of her church. She is survived by one nephew and his wife, David and Carol Shelton and their daughter Brittany Calloway; one niece and her husband, Kathy and Berlin Meredith and their sons Keenan and Josh Meredith. A graveside service will be conducted in the Abbey of Remembrance at Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington, W.Va., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, with Rev. Jim Richards officiating. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family asks you to give to in celebration of Esther’s love for missions. Rollins Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Nov. 30, 2015.

Esther Ellen Harless

  • Born: 8 July 1928.
  • Died: 26 November 2015.
  • Parents: Luther Jasper Harless and Valeria F. McComas.
  • Spouse: none.
  • Known Children: none.
  • Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 5th great-granddaughter and 6th great-granddaughter.
  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Philip Harless.
  4. William A. Harless.
  5. Nancy Harless and Jasper Burk Harless.
  6. George William Harless.
  7. Luther Jasper Harless.
  8. Esther Ellen Harless.
  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Philip Harless.
  3. Daniel Harless.
  4. Abraham Harless.
  5. William Riley Harless.
  6. Jasper Burk Harless and Nancy Harless.
  7. George William Harless.
  8. Luther Jasper Harless.
  9. Esther Ellen Harless.

Clarence Eugene Harless Obituary

Gene had been fighting a decade long battle with Alzheimer’s disease which finally came to an end November 14th at 12:13 am. He passed in to Heaven quietly in bed with his loving wife Henrietta by his side.

Clarence Eugene (Gene) Harless was the fourth of five children and was born in Arizona in 1928. His parents Robert and Agnes Harless were farmers who moved to Wasco about the time Gene was in Jr. High School. Gene started high school in Wasco but his family moved to Shafter during his freshman year.

Gene was a talented football, basketball, and track athlete and he also loved to box. Gene held records as a high hurdler which he was very proud of. Gene graduated from Shafter High in 1946. Gene was inducted into the Shafter High School Athletic Hall of fame on the day he passed. When he was told of his award before his death he smiled and his chest swelled with pride.

After High School he worked as a farmer with his dad and also laid linoleum. In 1953 he became a firefighter for the Bakersfield City Fire Department. Over the course of a 30 year long career, Gene moved through the ranks and retired as the Assistant Chief in 1983. After he retired he operated his company, Tiger Hose Towers where he built and sold Hose Towers to fire departments across the country.

Spending time with the family was his favorite thing to do. His great sense of humor, his hard work ethic, and his loving heart made him a man that you had to love and respect. Gene loved hunting, camping, and recreational shooting and loved taking his family along to do all of these activities. He is proceeded into Heaven by his parents, Jessie and Agnes Harless, brothers, Lloyd and Clyde, sisters, Alene and Nadene and his sons, Greg and Larry Harless.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Henrietta, His daughter & son in law Jennifer & Ron Porter, daughters-in-law; Gail Harless and Shawna Harless Bobillot, Virginia Arenas. Grandchildren: Eric & Mindi, Ryan & Melissa, Nick, Hillarie & Shane, LeighAnn & Chuck, Travis & Teri, Mark & Krista, Brandon & Ihoreni, and Amber. Great-Grandchildren: Bretta, Emily, Sophia, Zaina, Sarah, Adam, Willow, Acacia, Anthony, Violet, Talia, Preston, Shalyn, Ray, Sam, Faith, Grace, Hope, Brandon, Mason, and Preston

Our family would like to especially thank his favorite nurse Linda Farmer, the precious staff at Deans Care Villa and Rob Harding from Kern River Family Mortuary.

Services will be held at Valley Baptist Church 4800 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield, Ca 93308 at 10 A.M. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 17, 2015

Freda Ann Cook Harless Obituary

Freda Ann Cook Harless, 71, of Oceana, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

She was born on January 27, 1944 in Hanover, W.Va., a daughter of the late Herman and Minnie Cline Cook.

Freda was a member of the Hanover Missionary Baptist Church where she was the church pianist and choir director. She was a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International of the Alpha Theta Chapter in Wyoming County.

Freda worked as a teacher and principal for the Wyoming County Board of Education. She started her career as a teacher at Oceana Middle School and her career as a principal at Matheny Grade School. She last worked as principal at Berlin McKinney Elementary School; while under her leadership in the 2000 school year they received the WV School of Excellence Award, in 2002 they were named a National Blue Ribbon School and in 2003 Freda received the National Distinguished Principal Award.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by an infant brother Charles Herman Allen Cook; her maternal grandparents Mack and Mae Cline and her paternal grandparents Carl and Gustava Cook.

Survivors include her loving husband of 46 years Edward A. Harless Jr.; a daughter Joyel Finley and her husband Scottie of Milton; a son Parrish Harless of Charleston; a sister Sandra Gilbert of Scott Depot; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 24, 2015 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Jackie Lester officiating. She was laid to rest in the Cline Family Cemetery, Hanover.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Ron Hall, Sam Stewart, Scottie Finley, Dwayne Gilbert, Tracy Cline and Joe Toler. Honorary pallbearer will be Keith Walker.

The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Frances Lawson Smith Harless Obituary

Frances S. Harless, 92, of Hollywood passed away April 6, 2015, after an extended illness. Born Jan. 25, 1923, in Dothan, Alabama, she moved to Florida at a young age. Frances was a graduate of South Broward High School and married Carl E. Harless, Sr. on Feb. 20, 1943. She retired from AT&T. Frances is survived by her son, Carl E. Harless, Jr.; daughter, Beverly Mumbord (Paul); grandchildren, Kelly Smith (Scott) and Hank Nelson (Cassie); great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Smith, Timothy Smith, Chase Nelson, Ryder Nelson, Hunter Rutherford and Paige Rutherford; sister, Barbara Steiner; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl on Aug. 12, 1986, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Visitation will be 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Fred Hunter’s Hollywood Memorial Gardens Home, 6301 Taft St., Hollywood. Interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North.