Wedding Wednesday – Marie Harless and Norman Brogan

Almost 73 years ago, Marie Harless, the 17 year old daughter of Belva Lockwood Brown and Lightburn Bernie Harless, married Norman B. Brogan in Russell, Greenup County, Kentucky. I have often wondered if the couple chose to marry in Kentucky because Marie was under age to marry in West Virginia without parental consent.

The newspaper reported:

Mrs. Norman Brogan is the former Miss Marie Harless, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Harless of Dunbar, who was married Sept. 14 in Russell, Ky., [to Norman Brogan,] son of Mrs. Rosamonde A. Black and nephew of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brogan. Rev. John R. Gilpin read the ceremony in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Bever Justices of Oak Hill and Mr. Fred Harless.

The bride attended Madison schools and her husband, an employee of the Graveley Motor company in Dunbar, was graduated from Dunbar high school. The couple resides at 320 McAndrews street, Dunbar.

Marie Harless Wedding


The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV, 27 September 1940.

Marie Harless

Born: 6 March 1923.
Parents: Lightburn Bernie Harless and Belva Lockwood Brown.
Spouse: Norman B. Brogan.
Known Children: unknown.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: 5th great-granddaughter.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Philip Harless.
  4. Philip Henry Harless.
  5. William Anderson Harless
  6. John William Harless.
  7. Lightburn Bernie Harless.
  8. Marie Harless.

Anna Marie Lieble Harless Obituary

Anna Marie Lieble Harless, 94, of Charleston, W.Va., died April 24, 2001, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She was retired from Lewis Hubbard Wholesale Grocery Warehouse. She was also the founder of the Flower Garden in Kanawha City.

Surviving: her nieces, Jo Ann Johnson of Kanawha City, Vonya Lee Ratliff of Hurricane, W.Va.; several great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be noon Thursday, April 26, at Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at the cemetery.

Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Marie Lieble Harless

Born: 5 August 1906.
Died: 24 April 2001.
Parents: unknown.
Spouse: John Russell Harless.
Known Children: none known.
Relationship to Johan Philip Harless: wife of 4th great-grandson.

  1. Johan Philip Harless.
  2. Martin Harless.
  3. Philip Harless.
  4. Philip Henry Harless.
  5. Benjamin Franklin Harless.
  6. William Lee Harless.
  7. John Russell Harless and Anna Marie Lieble.