William 'Billy' Harris Jr.

William “Billy” Harris, Jr., 91, of Stanaford WV, went on to his heavenly home on Friday, September 11, 2020.
Billy was born June 10, 1929 to the late William Harris, Sr. and Lena Cantley Harris.
In addition to his parents, he is also proceeded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Lou Ann Harris; a beloved daughter, Debbie Jo Cox; a brother, Ernest Harris; and a step-brother, James Biggs.
As a young man, Billy enlisted in the United States Air Force before being discharged just 3 short years later due to the death of his older brother, Ernest. Billy was very proud of his service to his country and wanted to serve so badly that he reenlisted five years later and served 4 ½ months before being discharged again after it was discovered the reason for his previous discharge.
Billy was a long-time member of Terry Independent Church and enjoyed attending until his failing health made it so he was not able to. He was also a 57-year member of The Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M.
Billy was a coal miner for many years before retiring. After retiring he enjoyed many hobbies. He was a sports fan who had a special love for the West Virginia Mountaineers and the New York Yankees. He was an avid gardener who was most proud of growing tomatoes. He loved sharing his garden vegetables with fellow church members, family and the local community. He was also showcased in a newspaper article for his tomatoes.
Billy had a special love for animals, especially dogs, and he truly loved his little Goldendoodle, “Sweetie Pie.” He loved birdwatching and was very knowledgeable in recognizing many species. Billy had a way of connecting with people with comedy and storytelling and will be missed by all who knew him.
Those left to cherish his memory are daughter, Terry Ann Skeens (Greg), and son Philip Michael Harris (Diana), his grandchildren, Ashley Ann Reece (Rich), Justin Todd Skeens (Rachel), Lindsey Paige Cox (Matt), Jason Shane Fischer (Karla), Jeremy Scott Fischer (Chanthy), Joshua Cody Cox (Brittany) and Jennifer Christen Green (Rodney). He also leaves twelve great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He also leaves behind two very special caretakers, Lisa Danley and Darlene O’Neal. Both have been constant companions to him since the passing of his wife and a blessing to the entire family during this time of need. The family would also like to send a very special thank you to Bower’s Hospice House for the kindness, care and compassion they provided.
Funeral services will be conducted at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Thursday September 17, 2020 at 2 PM with Rev. Jimmy Catlett officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, WV. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home. The Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M. will serve as pallbearers and conduct Masonic Entombment Rites. Members of the Army National Guard will provide military honors.
Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

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