Wilbert L. Harris, 82, of Amarillo died Thursday, February 21, 2013.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 in Jenkins Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Vurn Martin of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church as eulogist and the Rev. Vernon Conner, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church of Borger, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes St.
Wilbert L. Harris was born November 29, 1930, in Childress to Andrew Harris and Mary Jo Allen. He grew up and attended school in Childress. He proudly enlisted in the Army and served two tours during the Korean War. He received several medals and badges including the Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and two Bronze Star medals.
He retired as a freight line driver for various trucking companies. He also was a self-employed carpenter. He gave his service and skills unselfishly and willingly to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was a member of Jenkins Chapel Baptist Church and served faithfully until his illness.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Pearlie Mae Harris of Amarillo; a sister, Betty Smith of Glendale, Ariz.; two daughters, Wilma Lavern Conner and husband Vernon and Xenia Ann Wysner and husband Don, all of Amarillo; two sons, Ryan Allen Harris and wife Teresa of Amarillo and Jerry Darnell Harris of Arlington; a godson, James Jackson of Amarillo; a special great-nephew, Star Bell of Kentucky; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.