James M. Harris

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

James M. Harris, 91, of rural Aurora, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 23, 2019, at home with his wife and daughters by his side.

He was born June 9, 1927, at home on Flat Creek to Wiley and Ruth (Garner) Harris. On Aug. 31, 1951, he was united in marriage to Laura Helen Johnson, she survives. Also surviving are their six daughters: Meta Sturgell (Auston) of Aurora, Marilyn Chambers (Kevin) of Monett, Jean Sturgell (Norman), Carol Craig (Jerry), Anita Carr (Mike) all of Cassville, Amy Jackson (Tim) of Marshfield; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; five siblings, Fanny, Janalee, Alice, Wayne and Wanda.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three siblings, Mary, Elmer and Chloe; two grandsons, Jeff Sturgell and Tyrell Sturgell; and 1 great-granddaughter.

He grew up on Flat Creek and was a lifelong farmer; he was a milk hauler, laborer during the preparation of Table Rock Lake and Dam, ran a sawmill, operated a feed mill in Aurora for Kent Feeds and a U.S. Army Veteran. Services were held at Peterson Funeral Chapel on Thursday, March 28, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Loyd Hart officiating. Burial was at Clio Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Clio Cemetery.