Francis Neale Harris, 68, of rural Gilliam, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Slater.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at High Hill Cemetery north of Slater. Rev. Chris Weber and Rev. Terry Sandwith will officiate. Pallbearers will be Robert Roder, Kane Roder, Charlie Guthrie, Gerald Bradley, George Stafford and David Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Howard Jones, Terry Harris and the employees of Mid-Missouri Telephone Co./O Telco. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Memorials are suggested to High Hill Cemetery or Gilliam Baptist Church.
Born Dec. 1, 1937, in Saline County, he was the son of the late Charles R. "Chick" Harris and Minnie Bohlken Harris, who survives of Marshall. On Nov. 23, 1962, in Canoga Park, Calif., he married Sandra A. Iszler, who preceded him in death Nov. 9, 2004. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a lineman for Mid-Missouri Telephone Co. for over 20 years, previously working for Deluxe Check Co. He and his wife also owned and operated Slater Variety Store for several years. He had lived in rural Gilliam since 1976, moving from Shawnee, Kan.
Additional survivors include one son, Joel Harris of rural Gilliam; two daughters, Carla Huffstutler of Peachtree City, Ga., and Leann Thomas of Wilson, N.C.; one brother, Tom Harris of rural Gilliam; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandson.