OBITUARY

James Clyde Harless

January 17, 1941November 5, 2019
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James Clyde Harless (Jim) went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. After fighting a courageous battle with ALS, he passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Jim was born January 17, 1941 in Birmingham, AL. He was the only child of the late Clyde and Kathleen Harless. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay Hairston Harless, their 4 children: Leigh Anne Carr (David) of Madison, MS, Mark Harless (Kelly) of Buford, GA, Matt Harless (Regina) of Milton, GA, and Amy House (Tim) of Coeur d’Alene, ID and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by their infant son James Clyde (Jimmy) Harless, Jr.

JIm grew up in Ocala, FL where he graduated from Ocala High School. He attended Campbell College and received a B.S. from Howard Payne University. He later received his M.S. from Indiana University. Answering a life long call to Missions, Jim and his wife were appointed on November 5th, 1970 (exactly 49 years before he went home to the Lord) as career missionaries by the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention. They served faithfully for 37 years in the country of Colombia, S.A. and retired to Madison, MS in 2007. After his diagnosis of ALS, he and his wife moved to Milton, GA where he resided until his death.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 8, 2019 at Johns-Ridout’s Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel (800 Denison Ave SW, Birmingham, AL). Visitation will begin at 2 pm followed by a graveside service at 3 pm. Mark Harless, Matt Harless, David Carr, Tim House, Ryan Carr, Will Carr, Sam Harless, Brock Harless and Baret Harless will serve as pallbearers. A celebration of life service will be held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church (444 Northpark Dr., Ridgeland, MS, with a live feed on the church website, www.ColonialHeights.org) on Saturday, November 9th at 3pm, with open visitation starting at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the “Casa Grande Fund” through CHBC or to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering through the IMB.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Gathering Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Elizabeth Simons

November 11, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to you, Ms. Kay, and your whole family right now. We are so sorry for you loss and the pain that follows as you grieve Jim's home-going. We are so grateful for his life, your marriage, ministry and life poured into others. We were able to witness through our friendship with Mark and what a testimony it has been for us! Please know we are carrying you and your whole family in prayer as you heal from this hurt and yet celebrate that Jim is healed and with our Savior and the assurance you have in knowing you will all again be united with him in our heavenly home. We love you all!
Elizabeth & Slade, Brooks, Mary Claude & Evan

Mark Barrett

November 7, 2019

Hi,
I met Jim and Kaye in Colombia when I was on a mission trip in the '90's. They were so helpful to our teams, so encouraging and accommodating, and you could tell that the Colombian people loved them. I'm blessed for having a brief opportunity to rub shoulders with this goldy man.

Mark Barrett

Tatiana Bell

November 6, 2019

Me uno a el grupo de personas que oraran por fortaleza para la familia Harless , nuestro hermano Jim fue un hombre que se dedicó fuertemente para la obra de Dios quienes lo conocimos somos testigos de su gran amor y dedicación Gracias por tantas enseñanzas las llevaremos siempre.

Tatiana B.

Rigail Sandoval

November 6, 2019

Muchos son los recuerdos que se vienen a la mente en especial cuando llegue por primavera vez a la iglesia Bautista el camino un señor alto blanco con acento de extranjero me recibió puedo recordar sus primeras palabras tu eres un hijo de Dios esas palabras cambiaron mi vida para siempre jim te vamos a extrañar en el cielo nos veremos mi viejo

Gina Calderin

November 6, 2019

dear key and Jim's family ... I'm so sorry for your loss! Much strength from God for his family ..... a great human being and example of life! Our dear Jim is now in the presence of God! we love them so much! Gina Calderin from Barranquilla Colombia

Mr. & Mrs. Donald LaValley

November 6, 2019

Dearest Kay,
We are so saddened for you and will have you lifted up before our Lord. I will always remember Jim as a most wonderful testimony & expression of Christ. A man who loved the beautiful people of Col. So. Am. and whoever he engaged with the gospel of Jesus Christ. A man of faith, faithful to his calling. We love you and miss you.

Mildred Catalán

November 6, 2019

I’m gonna miss you “Mi Viejo”
I’ll continue your legacy
Kay we will praying for you all and God will give you all his strength
We are here for you
If you want to spend a vacation with us
You have a home here in Colombia
We love you

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