The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 9, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012


Thelma Gares

HOLDEN — Thelma Gares, 79, of Holden, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with the Rev. Randy Skeens officiating. Burial will follow in Tom Maynard Cemetery on Kelly Knob. Friends may call on the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the funeral home.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

James Houston Harris

At home and surrounded by family, James Houston Harris, 88, of Glen Morgan (formerly of White Sulphur Springs and Pipestem) was called to Heaven at daybreak on Sunday morning, October 7, 2012. He was excited to be reunited with his wife of 64 years, the late Nellie Gray Hensley Harris.

He was born on August 27, 1924, as the eldest child of the late Henry Houston Harris and the late Ethel Marie White Harris of White Sulphur Springs.

James was known for his hard work, his dedication to meeting the needs of his family, his love of children, his generosity to all those in need and his vast knowledge gained from extensive reading and life experiences. He served as patriarch and anchor to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many other special friends. He will be greatly missed by all.  

As a teenager, James remembered returning from a morning of milking the cows to find his parents huddled around the kitchen radio hearing the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He and all his friends were swept into America’s response and the onslaught of World War II. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was in active combat in Germany.  After the war, he followed in the footsteps of his father and began his career in golf course maintenance at The Greenbrier hotel in White Sulphur Springs. He moved to Summers County in 1966 when land was purchased for the creation of Pipestem State Park. He oversaw the design of the golf courses and served there as golf course superintendent until his retirement in 1988. He and his wife moved to “the mountain” in Glen Morgan in 1999 to be near children and grandchildren and to help establish a new family farm. He enjoyed a lifetime of hunting with “the guys,” gardening, and tending to livestock. Their homes were always the center of activity for celebrations and get-togethers and the door was always open to welcome others and make them part of the family. 

In addition to his beloved parents and wife, James was preceded in death by his son, Wyatt Henry Harris; his grandson, Billy William Tate Jr.; his granddaughter-in-law, Wanda Tate; his great-grandson, Matthew Tate; and two sisters, Francis Feury and Thelma Harris. 

Left to cherish his memory and await reunion are his daughters, Barbara Harris and special friend, Pat Ryan, of Fayetteville; Ida Tate of Brosville, Va.; Linda Godbey of Abney; Cora Burch and husband, Walt, of Glen Morgan; daughter-in-law Elaine Harris of Coal City; sons-in-law, Bob Godbey of Bluefield and Billy Tate of Danville, Va.; grandchildren Billy Houston Tate, Jim (Marsha) Tate, David (Peggy) Tate, Nellie (Cotton) Heffinger, Rachel (Gerald) Boykin, all of Danville, Va.; Mike (Devin) Godbey of Ghent; Rob (Sheila) Godbey of Beaver; Israel (Summer) Harris of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Rebekah (Jim) Mills of Coal City; great-grandchildren Charlene, Mark, Daniel, Josh, Kristy, Casey, Megan, Hunter, Danielle, Sheylane, Krysten, Dennis, Jacob, Anthony, Brittany, Christina, John, Mary, Cheyenne, Ethan, Ben, Mikey, Cassie, Bradley, and Ashley; great-great-grandson Silas; two sisters, Louise Emory of Seymour, Tenn., and Betty Alderman and her husband Gordon of Quinwood, W.Va.; one brother, Charles Harris and his wife Peggy of Danville, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 12, with son-in-law Walter Burch officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, and for one hour before the service on Friday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel at 1901 South Kanawha Street. James will be laid to rest in the family cemetery beside his wife.

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Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.       

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