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Kenneth "Gene" Harris, age 86, and Opal Pauline Harris, age 83, of Golden City, MO, passed away May 22, 2019, at their home as a result of the tornado that swept through the Golden City area.
Gene was born August 30, 1932 in Kenoma, MO to Lester Edward and Ruth Fern (Nall) Harris.
He attended schools in Golden City, served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was a farmer. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Golden City.  Gene enjoyed golf and loved tending to the purple martins, which he hosted in the 27 martin houses that he had around the farm. He was also known as a bit of an inventor.

Opal was born September 1, 1935 in Dadeville, MO to Jim and Lela (Cowan) Stump. Opal attended school in Jasper, MO, but with school redistricting, she was transferred to Golden City High School in the 12th grade where she graduated. She was a house wife and enjoyed doing puzzle books, listening to bluegrass and gospel music. Opal was a member of the First Baptist Church in Golden City and she was an excellent cook who enjoyed making homemade crescent rolls, Christmas goodies and any new recipes she could find. They both loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly.

On, November 20, 1955 Gene and Opal were united in marriage and together they raised three children.
Gene and Opal leave behind a son, Rodney Gene Harris, Golden City, MO; two daughters, Linda Sue Edwards, Lockwood, MO and Karen Kay Lawrence and husband John, Lamar, MO; grandchildren, Caleb (Leena) Harris, Jamie (Scot) Baker, Eric Walker, Josh (Maria) Edwards, and Kailey Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Calli Harris, Blane Harris, Brody Harris, Ethan Baker, Dawson Baker, Jayden Baker, Lakin Baker, Treyton Walker, William Edwards, Christopher Edwards,  Joshua Edwards: also a foreign exchange student/daughter, Mia Moberg from Sweden.

Additional survivors include Gene's sister, Dorothy (Wesley) Wirth, Golden City, MO; Opal's brothers, Jerry (Wanda) Stump, Springfield, MO, Glen (Connie) Stump, Sheldon, MO and Joe Stump, Sheldon, MO; Opal's sisters Edna Fite, Jasper, MO, Lois Watson, Neck City, MO, Janie Boehne, Wichita, KS, and Mary (Steve) Brake, Billings, MO.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two brother's Leland Harris and George Harris; two sisters, Nadine Stansberry and Leta Belle Moore.  Opal was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Elsie Ritchie.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Lamar First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Lake Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.  

Contributions are suggested and made payable to Ronald McDonald House in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#15 Nixa, MoDean A Miller 2019-05-28 13:20
I knew Gene and Opal from First Baptist Church and they were always so kind. I would see Gene at the golf course in Lockwood and he always had a smile on his face and was a very kind spirited person. My condolences to your entire family for losing such wonderful Christian examples of a loving marriage.
#14 Golden City, MODeb Bentlage 2019-05-28 11:56
Sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of Gene and Opal, who resided near our family farm. May they rest in eternal peace forever.
#13 Oakton, MoChristina Doss 2019-05-28 09:32
Thoughts and prayers to you all.
I'm deeply sorry for your tragic
loss. God Bless you.
#12 Lamar MOEdith Todd 2019-05-28 03:43
Condolences to the family. May God bring you peace in the coming days. Gene and Opal were wonderful to talk to and will be greatly missed.
#11 Clay Center KsLonna Hunter 2019-05-27 20:43
Sincerest condolences to the family and friends and to the community.My fatfather grew up in Golden City Mo many, many years ago.Even though I was not acquainted with the Harris family, it still touches my heart.
#10 St. Charles, MOHolly Stansberry 2019-05-27 18:35
Rodney, Linda, and Karen, we are so sorry for your loss and that of the family, friends, and community your parents were part of. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you strength and comfort always.

Charles and Holly (Pugh) Stansberry
#9 Marshfield, MOLena Hamilton 2019-05-27 17:58
I never met them but know their Grandson Caleb. If they are anything like Caleb then the world lost two great people. My condolences to the family.
#8 Lamar, Mo.Norman Garwood 2019-05-27 15:57
Attended church with both Gene & Opal. Found them of kindred spirit in ways of this life as well as Eternity.
#7 Lamar, MOKent Harris 2019-05-27 02:55
Although I did not know Gene and Opal very well, I certainly know their daughter Karen and son in law John. You will not find nicer folks and Gene and Opal's legacy lives on.
May the LORD comfort all those who knew them.
Kent (and Debbie)
#6 Walnut Grove, MO. 65770Lewalta Stump 2019-05-26 23:13
Hubert (Opal's first cousin) and I always
enjoyed our visits with Opal and Gene. I am so
sorry about the tradgic loss.
Opal was so good and faithful to care for her parents, Uncle Jim and Aunt Lela (Cowan) Stump.
May the Lord Bless and watch over you all.
Mrs Hubert( Lewalta) Stump

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