Billy Lee Harless Obituary

Harless, Billy L.; age 85; of Alma; passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at his home. Funeral Services for Billy will be Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene on 335 E. Elizabeth St. in Alma with Pastor Darryl Harless officiating. There will be Visitation on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd. Billy was born February 11, 1931 in Sod, West Virginia the son of Chester and Emma (Tyler) Harless. He served in the Army and was stationed in Japan following W.W.II. Upon returning home Billy married Nona Phillips on December 23, 1950. He worked for Total as a pipe fitter for over 30 years when he and Nona retired together in 1993. Billy was a member at the Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a great family man. Billy had a wonderful sense of humor and was the spiritual patriarch of the family. Billy is survived by his wife, Nona; his 5 children, Patricia (William) Brunson Jr. of Austin, Texas, William Lee (Kathy) Harless of Alma, Boyd (Vicky) Harless of Ithaca, Darryl (Elaine) Harless of Bad Axe, and Mark (Jodi) Harless of Ithaca; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and his sister, Annie (Richard) Lumbert of Mt. Pleasant. Billy is preceded in death by both his parents; his sister, Sybil Flegel; and his 2 brothers, Boyd and James Harless. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice.

Published in Morning Sun on Apr. 2, 2016.

Billy Lee Harless

Born: 11 February 1931.
Died: 31 March 2016.
Parents: Chester Boyd Harless and Emma Susan Tyler.
Spouse: Nona A. Phillips.
Known Children: William Lee Harless, Mark Harless, Patricia Lynne Harless, Boyd Rodney Harless, Darryl Eugene Harless.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 5th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Philip Harless.
  4. William A. Harless.
  5. James Harrison Harless.
  6. Walter Winton Harless.
  7. Chester Boyd Harless.
  8. Billy Lee Harless.

Larry Templeton Harless Obituary

Larry T. Harless, 68, Roanoke, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather who never met a stranger. He was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Beatrice Harless.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Harless, son, Timothy Harless (Angela), grandsons, Alex Harless, Andrew Harless; his brother Jackie Harless (Cheryl); his sisters, Gladys Wright (Kenny), Brenda Shockley (Kemp) and Glenda Harless. He is also survived by the two joys of his life Abigail Rose Bailey and Hannah Michelle Harless.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Oakey’s North Chapel from 6 to 9 pm with funeral services on Friday, February 5, 2016 at noon from Oakey’s North Chapel with Rev. L. W. Carter officiating and interment to follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Larry Templeton Harless

  • Born: 18 July 1947.
  • Died: 2 February 2016.
  • Parents: Arnold Huff Harless and Beatrice Bell Davis.
  • Spouse: Betty Dianne Bailey.
  • Known Children: Timothy Brian Harless.
  • Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 5th great-grandson and 6th great-grandson.
  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Philip Harless.
  3. Daniel Harless.
  4. Henry Harless.
  5. James Thomas Harless.
  6. Templeton Huff Harless and Stella Catherine Graves.
  7. Arnold Huff Harless.
  8. Larry Templeton Harless.
  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Philip Harless.
  3. Daniel Harless.
  4. Henry Harless.
  5. Mahulda Catherine Harless and George William Graves.
  6. Joseph Willard Graves.
  7. Stella Catherine Graves and Templeton Huff Harless.
  8. Arnold Huff Harless.
  9. Larry Templeton 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.

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.