Frederick Stapel Harless Obituary

HARLESS, JUDGE FRED S., Born July 9, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama and passed away on Wed., March 14, 2007. Lived his teenage years in New Orleans then moved to Dallas in 1937. He enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. Went to officer’s training school in Newport Beach, R.I. First commission was on LST 362, which was an amphibious assault craft that carried tanks and troops. The first tour was the SW Pacific in Australia and New Guinea. Then on a new ship LST 682 in Europe, landing on Juno Beach, during the invasion of Normandy. Next, down through the Panama Canal to Okinawa where after the Japanese surrender; his ship was one of the first to enter Tokyo Harbor for the occupation. After the War he graduated from Southern Methodist University Law School Class of 1950. His mentors were Francis Chaney and Judge “Buck” Davenport. Started his own practice as Harless, Bailey and Youngblood. Practiced law in Dallas for 20 years until being appointed Judge of the 14th District Court in 1970, by Governor Preston Smith. Ran for reelection and was endorsed “nine to one” by the Dallas Bar Association. Elected in 1982 to the 116th District Court where he served until he retired and was assigned as a Senior District Judge in 1987. While on the bench he enjoyed mentoring to SMU Law students. Fred was known for his fairness, honesty, integrity and dedication to the bench. “Your word is your bond” He loved his country and enjoyed local and state politics. He was a member of the American, Texas and Dallas County and Inter-American Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society and the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. Life member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Past Master of the John L. DeGrazier Lodge. Consul of the government of Costa Rica in Dallas.

In June of 1953, The Texas Jaycees (which was large and very active after the War) invaded the national convention in Minneapolis with over 100 new Buicks the members purchased for a caravan with Big Tex in tow on a flat bed trailer. The Texas Rangers and local police along the entire journey assisted with traffic. The group had its own gasoline truck to fill them up on scheduled roadside stops. Minneapolis had never seen any thing like this group of Texans before, wearing cowboy hats, 6 shooters, chaps and western skirts!

Fred, served as a Director of the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce and was captain of the baseball team, which won many championships. He loved baseball and as a young boy was a member of the “knot-hole” gang that watched many greats including Babe Ruth. He also loved golf. Learning to play from Larry Nabholtz, professional who met him at the crack of dawn to have breakfast and teach him the game. Studying the swing from a black and white movie flip page book of Bobby Jones in motion. Fond memories of walking the 1952 US Open at Northwood CC., watching Julius Boros defeat Hogan in a 36 hole final and an 18 hole exhibition match at Lakewood CC with Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

In 1954, Ruth and Fred joined Glen Lakes Country Club where the whole family enjoyed many years of joy and friendship. Fred served as a President and assisted with the Dallas Civitan that sponsored LPGA tournaments in the early years of Mickey Wright and Kathy Whitworth. A favorite quote of Freds was from Arnold Palmer: “Golf is deceptively simple and unendingly complicated. It satisfies the soul and challenges the intellect.”

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday, March 19, 2007 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas; Dr. Blair Monie officiating. Honorary Pallbearers: Judge Frank Andrews, Theodore C. Young III, Chris West, Robert J. Krusemark, Richard Chartrain and George Cowart. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Stewpot of The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, 408 Park Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201 or PHPC, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75230.

His loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Jean Wilkinson Harless, and his daughters Rexanne Harless and Stacey Leigh Feather and husband, Paul survive him and want to express their gratefulness to God for the many years of joy and happiness they had together.

Published in Dallas Morning News from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2007

Anna Gae Harless Obituary

Anna Gae Harless, 76, of Alkol went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at home after a short illness.

She was a member of Bear Branch Church of Christ and was a retired teacher’s assistant with South Western Community Action Council, Lincoln County, for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Mary Miller; sisters, Opal Thurmond and Betty Egnor; brother, Billy Miller; son, Lyle Harless; and grandson, Paul Miller.

She is survived by two daughters, Roseanna Asbury of Alkol and Linda Bowling of Madison; son, Michael Miller of Alkol; sister, Mildred Adkins of Alkol; two brothers, Don and Dorsey Miller, both of Alkol; grandsons, Jeff and Mike Miller, Shane and Chad Bowling, Anthony Harless and Jackie Asbury; great-grandson, Reece Miller; and great-granddaughter, Bobbi RaeAnn Miller.

A special thanks goes to hospice care workers, Sally Starkey, Donna Farr and Jody Huffman.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Bear Branch Church of Christ, Alkol, with Minister Brian Barrett and Minister Ronnie Linville officiating. Burial will be in Bear Branch Cemetery, Spurlocksville.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, and one hour prior to service at the church.

The Charleston Gazette, 7 July 2005

Anna Gae Miller

Born: 14 May 1929.
Died: 5 July 2005.
Parents: Willard and Mary Miller.
Spouse: Henson Roy Harless.
Known Children: Michael Miller, Henson R. Harless, Barry Harless, Lyle J. Harless, Gregory Jean Harless, Kathy June Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: wife of 5th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Michael Harless.
  4. Clara Harless.
  5. Russell H. Harless.
  6. Willard Worth Harless.
  7. Joseph Woodard Harless.
  8. Henson Roy Harless and Anna Gae Miller.

Albert Wesley Harless Obituary

CARROLLTON.  Albert Wesley Harless, age 97, of 194 White Oak Lane, died December 26, 2004 at Pickens County Medical Center. Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Marvin Chapel Methodist Church with Reverend Jack House presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform, Ala. is directing.

His wife, Rozzie Pearl Acker Harless; his parents; 5 brothers, Harvey, Dan, Jim, Clyde, and Dodson Harless; and 1 sister, Fannie Voss, precede him in death.

Survivors include his three daughters, Doris Eileen Wood of Reform, Ruby Smith (Doug) of Millport, and Wanda Wilson (Gene) of Gordo; three sons, Hubert Harless (Brenda) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Robert Harless (Nell) of Carrollton, and Jimmy Harless (Ginger) of Coker, Ala.; one sister, Ada Wright of York, Ala.; and 8 grandchildren, Karen Briggs (Bill), Bridget Mock (Scott), Jeremy Harless, Dave Wood (Mallanie), Michael Smith (Carol), Bradley Smith, Jan Elliott (James), and Wes Fuller (Dina).

Albert Wesley Harless was born June 1, 1907 to the late Wiley Dan and Emma Elmore Harless in Pickens County. Mr. Harless was the oldest member of Glen Echo Free Will Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and a life-long resident of Pickens County.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Harless, Dave Wood, Michael Smith, Bradley Smith, Wes Fuller, Ronald Acker, and William Yerby.

Honorary pallbearers are Paul Campbell, Donald Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Lipsey, Friends and Neighbors of Marvin Chapel and Carrollton communities.

Special thanks to Pickens County Medical Center and Staff and Aliceville Manor Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Marvin Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in care of: Pam Alexander, 3447 Marvin Chapel Road, Carrollton, AL 35447.

Tuscaloosa News
December 27, 2004

Albert Wesley Harless

Born: 1 June 1907 in Pickens County, Alabama.
Died: 26 December 2004 in Pickens County, Alabama.
Parents: Wiley Dan Harless and Emma Florentine Elmore.
Spouse: Rozzie Pearl Acker.
Known Children: Doris Eileen Harless, Wanda Harless, Hubert Earl Harless, Carrol Elen Harless, Robert Alton Harless, Ruby J. Harless, Jimmy Dale Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 4th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Henry Harless.
  3. David Harless.
  4. Henry Harless.
  5. John Henry Harless.
  6. Wiley Dan Harless.
  7. Albert Wesley Harless.

Anna M. Harless Obituary

HARLESS, ANNA M. – age 92, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2004. A native of Campbell County, she had lived in Friendsville for over 65 years. She was preceded in death by: her mother, Emmaline Brown; husband, Jennings Harless; and two grandsons, Roger Harless and Randy Feezell. Survivors include: her children and their spouses, Neubert and Shelby Harless, Betty and Bill Feezell, Gaynell and Dan Lawson, all of Maryville, and Bernard and Diane Harless of Knoxville; grandchildren are: Carol Wicks, Nelda Kagley, Jennifer Robinette, Kay Loy, Elizabeth Johnson and Mindy Stooksbury; and eleven great grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Grandview Cemetery for a graveside service. Friends may call at their convenience at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville.

Knoxville News Sentinel, 15 July 2004


Anna Mae Robbins

Born: 6 December 1911.
Died: 14 July 2004.
Parents: Emmaline Brown.
Spouse: Jennings Harless.
Known Children: Gaynell Harless, Bernard Harless, Neubert R. Harless, Betty Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: unknown.

  1. William D. Harless.
  2. William M. Harless.
  3. Jennings Harless and Anna Mae Robbins.

Freda L. Davis Harless Obituary

Freda L. Harless, 96, formerly of Englewood, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 30, 2004.

She was born June 22, 1907, in West Virginia.

She was a former resident of Englewood from 1974 to 1994. Mrs. Harless was a beloved wife and a loving mother.

She is survived by her children, Lorena Pippin, Donald Harless, James Harless, Gloria Hickman and Lola Fletcher; 20 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Estell R. Harless; her son, Estell Jr. and her daughter, Jean Gill.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2004. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Engleside Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. Interment will be at Beallsville Cemetery in Beallsville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Engleside Baptist Church/Missions, 8428 Highland Lane, Alexandria, VA 22309-1704.

Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, is handling arrangements.

Sun Herald, 2 June 2004