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Billy Don Harness
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Birth: May 27, 1929
Tillman County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 2008
Jackson County
Oklahoma, USA

Bill was born May 27, 1929, south of Frederick in Tillman County. He was the 10th of 12 children born to Oda Otto and Ada Verle (Cole) Harness.

Bill attended school at Sunrise #6 and completed the 9th grade at Frederick Junior High before entering the workforce at age 15 in 1944.

On June 10, 1951, he married Almeta Roseann Osborne, daughter of Oder Ezekiel and Irey (Dunn) Osborne, at the Methodist Church in Frederick. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage and celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 2001 with a party attended by a host of family and friends. Bill and Almeta lived in Frederick until 1956. Their daughter Mitzi Rena was born in 1956, and the family moved to Ardmore. In 1958, they returned to Frederick and their son Billy Mark was born. The family permanently settled in Altus on April 1, 1960. Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Altus for 48 years.

Throughout his life Bill was a friendly hardworking man with a funny sense of humor. He learned from his father and grandfather how to run a service station. He operated several service stations with his brothers or brother-in-law in Frederick back when gasoline was just pennies a gallon and service with a smile was the norm. His second career was with Miracle Laboratories Pest Control as exterminator from 1960 to 1977. Finally he served as Maintenance Supervisor for the Altus Public Schools from 1977 to 1984, when his health began to fail and he retired.

He was a past member of AMBUCS, That Altus Band Parents Association and Bass Masters. He enjoyed spending time with his closely knit immediate and large extended family, feeding the birds, fresh water and deep sea fishing and the Price is Right. He took great pride in his family, his appearance, his work, his car and his lawn.

Billy Don "Bill" Haarness passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008,at age 79. A service celebrating his life was held at the First United Methodist Church, Altus, Ok on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. The Rev. David Player officiated. Burial was at Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.

We recognize that a non-family member created a memorial for Bill, and we asked for over a year to get ownership of that memorial and never received any kind of reply so we have created this tribute to our family members ourselves.

Altus Cemetery
Jackson County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Dorothy Boynton
Record added: May 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69910816
Billy Don Harness
Added by: Dorothy Boynton
Billy Don Harness
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You always had fun on the 4th."I still miss you every day"
- Almeta Harness
 Added: Jul. 8, 2012
For my brother-in-law. Time goes by but your pleasant memory remains with us.
- Juanita Solley
 Added: Jul. 6, 2012
I will never forget you. "Love You"
- Almeta Harness
 Added: Jul. 6, 2012
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