Lawrence “Larry” Elmer Harris, son of the late William Everett and Leah (Cavin) Harris, was born on February 6, 1926 in Alton, Illinois where he grew up and attended school.   On May 4, 1944, Larry was united in marriage to Marie Shelton.  They were blessed with four children: Larry Paul, Terri Lee, Sheryl Marie and Steven Lawrence.  Larry was a hardworking man.  He worked as a Master Carpenter for the Woodworker’s Union for many years and also operated heavy equipment and ran a dairy farm.  He served his country while during a tour of duty in the United States Army.    On May 31, 1975, Larry was united in marriage to Ruth Hazelwood.  She brought six children to this union and they shared many wonderful years together before Ruth preceded him in death.   Larry loved spending time with his family and friends and was known to play practical jokes on them.  Larry was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness of Crocker. Larry passed away at 12:10 am, Monday, June 4, 2012 in the Golden Living Center of St. James, Missouri having attained the age of 86 years, 3 months and 29 days. Larry leaves to cherish his memory his two children, Terri Wood and Steve Harris both of St. James, MO; four step-daughters: Elizabeth, Donnie, Laney and Alpha Lynn; two step-sons: Donald (Buddy) and Brian; three sisters: Kathleen Poe (Ted) of Gravette, AR; Evelyn Burklow of Springfield, MO; Carolyn Kovalick (Joe) of Richland, Mo; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Ruth, Larry was preceded in death by two brothers: George and Bill Harris; one son: Larry Paul Harris; and one daughter: Sheryl Marie Henderson.  Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert with Larry’s step-son, Brian Underwood officiating as he recalled his wonderful memories of Larry.  Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Online condolences can be sent at