Wilfred H. Harris



Wilfred H. Harris, 87, of Timpson, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Timpson.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas with Bishop Neal Cox and Dennis Cox, officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at Taylor Funeral Home.
Wilfred H. Harris was born on June 19, 1930 to William and Meriam Beckham Harris in Garrison, Texas.  He graduated Garrison High School and went into the Air Force in 1951, where he served 8 years.  He then attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where he attained an Ag Degree. He then worked as a loan officer for Production Credit for 9 years.  He then returned home to raise cattle and kids.  He spent many years working hard at custom bailing square hay bales with his wife, Mary Lynn.  When the rolled hay balers came out, he was one of the first to offer rolled hay to his customers.  Wilfred was also a master welder and could build anything with pipe & steel and helped others learn the welding trade.  He was also a carpenter and he and his uncle Junie Harris worked together to build the house that he and his wife, Mary, lived in at the time of his passing, for the past 43 years.  Wilfred was always a fun-loving prankster, who would bring a turtle into the house and hide It under a pillow in the bed, knowing that Mary Lynn would find it when she made the beds.  He would take all his kids and nieces and nephews frog gigging and shut the light off and take off running in the dark, hollering “Watch out for that snake!”  It was all in fun.  Wilfred joined the LDS Church in 1971.  He held several callings in his church.  Demple tells us that at about 15 years old, Wilfred would bring home baby animals like a rabbit, that grew up and would stand on it’s hind legs to be fed from the table.  He also brought home a baby coon that we gave to his coon hound to raise with her pups.  He said she would let it nurse right beside her pups and after it was a grown coon, when they would hunt, that coon hound would not hurt the coon she raised!  Wilfred caught all kinds of baby animals and brought them home to his kids, a skunk, a coon, an opossum, and even a baby armadillo at one point.
Wilfred is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lynn; daughters: Trena Harris Greer, Gina Harris Barrett and husband, Gordon, Teresa Harris Beard and husband, Sandy; grandchildren: Amber Askins, Wesley Tallant, Brian Beard and Blake Beard; great-grandchildren, Claylee Beard, Brooks Beard, Araina Beard, River Beard, Garrett Askins, Blair Askins, Ryan Tallant, and Cadance Tallant; brother, Charles Harris; sisters: Demple Lunsford, Dot Little, and Mary Ann Swartz; as well as  several very loved nieces and nephews.  
He is preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Meriam Beckham Harris; grandson, Jesse Tallant, and son-in-law, Mike Greer.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Tallant, Blake Beard, Bryan Beard, Randy Askins, Lee Richards, Bobby Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Harris and Ralph Roberts.
The Harris family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home.  To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit

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