Franklin Harris

Franklin Perry Harris, 95, of Tunnelton (Denver Community), died Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at home.

Franklin was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Newburg, a son of the late Alonzo and Dessie (McGinnis) Harris.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He retired from Reliable Coal Co., where he worked as a mechanic for 23 years. Franklin was a member of the United Mine Workers Association, Colonel Rowan Post 2345 and a lifetime member of DAV Chapter 24 of Grafton.

He is survived by one son and spouse, Glenn and Frances Harris, of Albright; one daughter and spouse, Darla (Harris) and Randy Marsh, of Tunnelton; two sisters and spouses, Martha and Frank Bulford and Monalee and Doc Mayne, all of Rowlesburg; one son-in-law, Roger Simpson, of Tunnelton; six grandchildren and spouses, Gregory and Vicki Harris, of Kingwood, Darren and Sonya Simpson, of Mt. Hope, Kevin Harris, of Canton, Ohio, Brandi and David Bucklew, of Morgantown, Nicholas and Billie Jo Marsh, of Kingwood, and Casey and James Simmons, of Clarksburg; nine great-grandchildren, Kennedy Harris, Ryan Harris, Sydney Harris, Corey Bucklew, Hayden Bucklew, Brodie Simpson, Garrett Simpson, Kirkland Sendling and Isabella “Izzy” Sendling; five stepgrandchildren, Charles Big-ler-Marsh, Ashtyn Bigler-Marsh, Malaki Riley-Marsh, Kohlton Riley-Marsh and Elexis Riley-Marsh; ex-granddaughter-in-law, Penny Harris; and ex-grandson-in-law, Charlie Sendling.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Josephine (Knotts) Harris; one daughter, Wil-ma Louise (Harris) Simpson; four brothers, Nacie Harris, Leo Harris, John Harris and Arch Harris; and three sisters, Birtha Bolyard, Virginia Larew and Pearl Jean Swiger.

Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel from 4-8 p.m. Saturday; from 2-5 p.m. Sunday; and from 1 p.m. Monday, April 30, until the 2 p.m. funeral service with Pastor Terry Hagedorn officiating. Interment will follow at Denver/Shaw Cemetery, where military graveside honors will be accorded by the Preston County Honor Guard and WVANG Military Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson.



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