Tom Martin Harless Obituary

Tom Martin HARLESS
1925 – 2016

HARLESS, Tom Martin Age 90, passed away in Greenville, Ohio on January 7, 2016. Born Feb. 5, 1925, in Greenville, Ohio, the second child and only son of Lon and Genevieve (Amman) Harless, Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Mary Florence Strukamp, and an infant sister Elizabeth. As a youth, Harless attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church and elementary school. Drafted out of Greenville High School in 1943, Tom served a tour in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII in Okinawa and Japan and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He married Hazel Naomi Anthony at St. Mary’s Church in Greenville on July 12, 1947. The couple has six living children. The family settled in Greenville until 1967 when they relocated to Dayton, Ohio. When the children were grown, Tom and Hazel moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October of 1977 and later up the coast to Satellite Beach, FL in 1992, where they remained until a final move back to Greenville to live in the Brethren’s Retirement Community in November of 2012. Harless had a life-long career in sales. In Greenville, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. A natural athlete, he swam and played football as a youth, played church league softball for St. Mary’s in Greenville in the early 1960s, and rode a bike most days upon retirement in his 80s. Also in retirement, Harless taught himself to refurbish bicycles and often donated them to charity or to neighborhood children. He enjoyed entertaining with stories and jokes. Gregarious and outgoing, he made friends easily and was an ace card player and gin rummy aficionado. He was an active member of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church near Satellite Beach, FL and performed church-related volunteer work for the parish, including organizing the food court at the church’s annual festival. He also was a long-time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and delivered Meals on Wheels until late in life. Although proud to be a transplanted Floridian for decades, he remained a loyal fan of the Cincinnati Reds and followed Ohio State and Notre Dame Football. Harless is survived by Hazel, his wife of 68 years, and daughter Susan Halley (Richard) of Greenville, Ohio, John Harless of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, James Harless (Edna Higgins)of Dayton Ohio, Barbara Gotshall (Robert) of Fort Collins, CO, Rebecca Rosen (Clifford) of Freeport, Maine, and Sharon Harless also of Fort Collins, CO. Tom is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday January 12, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Father John R. White as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held in the St. Mary’s Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until 9:30 A.M. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. The will be a Prayer Service on Monday at 5: 30 P.M. in the funeral home. It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident’s aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 9, 2016

Tom Martin Harless

Born: 5 February 1925.
Died: 7 January 2016.
Parents: Alonzo Lewis Harless and Genevieve K. Amman.
Spouse: Hazel Naomi Anthony.
Known Children: Susan Harless, John Harless, James Harless, Barbara Harless, Rebecca Harless, Sharon Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 5th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Ferdinand Harless.
  4. Paul Harless.
  5. Patrick Harless.
  6. Powell Harless.
  7. Alonzo Lewis Harless.
  8. Tom Martin Harless.

Larry Dwayne Harless Obituary

LARRY DWAYNE HARLESS
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 www.timeformemory.com/wallace.

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.

Charles Frederick Harless Jr Obituary

Dr. Charles F. Harless Jr., USAF Lt Col (Ret)

Dr. Charles Harless “Chas” passed away the morning of October 14th in the peace and comfort of his home while surrounded by family.

Charles was born on September 30, 1927 to Charles F. Harless Sr. and Mamie Harless in Durham, NC. His childhood was spent in Chapel Hill until age 10 when his family moved to Sanford, NC where his parents lived out their lives. At an early age Charles was recognized for having a beautiful singing voice and he won first place, receiving the highest marks possible, in the state competition for unchanged voices. He performed throughout his high school and college years then continued in church choirs as a soloist and graced many weddings including those of his children.

After graduating from high school Charles served a year in the Navy near the end of World War II. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued on to Dental School; graduating with UNC’s first Dental Class in 1954. Charles then joined the Air Force starting out in Colorado where he met his wife Paula. His family moved around the world being stationed in England, Texas, Florida, a tour in Viet Nam, Germany, and again in Florida before retiring in 1974 with 20 years of military service. Charles returned to Raleigh, and the state he always loved, to establish his private practice in Periodontal Medicine. He cared for his patients dearly and delighted in his daily interactions with them for another 28 years, finally retiring at age 75.

Chas was also an avid golfer becoming a member of North Ridge Country Club in 1980 which served as his second home when he retired. He kept a sharp mind working crossword puzzles, endlessly remembering and telling offbeat jokes, talking politics, and expressing opinions on any topic just for the fun of stirring things up.

Chas is survived by his wife of 58 years Paula, sons Jeffrey C. and Clay R. of Raleigh, Dr J. Matthew Harless of Roanoke, VA, stepsons Steven and Michael of Raleigh, a sister, Shirley Scott & husband of Boulder, Colorado, and 6 grandchildren. The progression of melanoma cancer shortened his time with us but we will continue to smile, laugh, show kindness, stay curious and always thoughtful as we remember him for the remainder of our days.

The family is inviting friends to share their memories of Chas with them at North Ridge Country Club, October 22nd, between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Charles Frederick Harless Jr

Born: 30 September 1927.
Died: 14 October 2014.
Parents: Charles Frederick Harless and Mamie A. Yarborough.
Spouse: Paula M.
Known Children: Jeffrey C. Harless, James Matthew Harless, Clay R. Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 5th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Patrick Harless.
  4. John Harless.
  5. Anderson Harless.
  6. James Matheson Harless.
  7. Charles Frederick Harless.
  8. Charles Frederick Harless Jr.

Harless’s Store

The Tennessee Valley Authority, Family Removal and Population Readjustment Case Files, 1934-1953 on Ancestry.com make for emotional reading – all of those people, families, house, farms and communities relocated. So many people had lived in the same place for their whole life, relocation was going to be hard.

I’m sure the workers meant well, but it is heartbreaking to read the descriptions – were the people educated? Were they proud housekeepers? Were they healthy? The most important questions were also asked – how do you feel about relocation and where will you go?

If there were any wealthy people relocated I haven’t found them yet.

I’m still searching and putting the pieces together, but I had to share the one item I found that made my day – a photograph of Harless’s Store!

Harless’s Store in the Friendship Community of Sullivan County, Tennessee was owned by Martin Alexander Harless and it was in the way of the reservoir.

Martin Alexander Harless was the great-grandson of Abraham Harless who in turn is the 4th great-grandfather of my husband and the reason I began this whole project in the first place.

I do not know if Martin moved the store “to land just outside the reservoir” as he planned, but in 1950 he had reportedly “removed his house intact to land which he owned and which TVA did not acquire, located above pool level on Sharp’s Creek, in the Friendship community.” Hopefully he was also able to remove the store.

Harless's store

Martin Alexander Harless

Born: 10 January 1891.
Died: 4 May 1965.
Parents: James Andrew Harless and Mary Hester E. Keaton.
Spouse: Sadie E. Gross.
Known Children: Edward A. Harless, Ethel Victoria Harless, Wayne D. Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 4th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Philip Harless.
  3. Daniel Harless.
  4. Abraham Harless.
  5. Philip harless.
  6. James Andrew Harless.
  7. Martin Alexander Harless.