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William A. Harris

William "Bill" A. Harris, age 82 of St. James, MO and formerly of Cahokia, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James.

Bill was born January 27, 1930, in Bona, AR, a son to the late Parker and Helen Marie (Mack) Foster.

Bill was united in marriage to Mary E. Harris. She preceded him in death on April 24, 2002.

Bill was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a Special Vehicle Operator during World War II.

After returning from the military, Bill worked as an over the road truck driver.

Bill was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: one son, Robert Harris of Vichy, MO; one brother, Pete Harris of Bridgeton, MO; two sisters, Dolan Poole of Yuma, AZ and Luella Bushey of Bellflower, CA; special friends, Joy Mitchell and her daughter Kimberlie Knutson of Vichy, MO; as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by: one son, William Harris, Jr. and one sister, Wanda Lee Carson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012, in the chapel of Valhalla Garden of Memories in Belleville. Interment will follow in the Valhalla Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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It has been one week today, that our Dear Friend Bill, made his trip to heaven to be with his wife Mary and son Bill, Bill. We miss him and his smile. We met Bill in 2008, and had the pleasure of knowing him in his last years of life. He loved the Lord, and was ready to go. He loved his family, and had many funny stories to tell of his miles on the road as a truck driver. We miss you Bill, but know from the smile on your face when you left this earth, you were finally Free, as you always wanted to be.

Joy Mitchell Nov 11 2012 12:00 AM

May God bless each of you during the time of your loss. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy every day!

Debra Sapaugh Nov 10 2012 12:00 AM

Bill and I talked every day I worked for a least a few minutes. His big smile and golden heart will be missed. I'm glad I got to share some memories with him.

Christine A Jones Nov 10 2012 12:00 AM

Bill will be missed by everyone. I will miss hearing him ask me every morning when are we going to Vegasand him telling me all about his wild truck driving stories.Bill was a great man and im glad i had the chance to meet him and care for him..

Letha Litton Nov 9 2012 12:00 AM

Very sorry for your loss

Eunice Mitchell Nov 9 2012 12:00 AM

Bill was such a wonderful man. He always had a big smile and such a caring heart. He will sadly be missed by all.

Lisa McKinnon Nov 9 2012 12:00 AM

Bill was a wonderful man! I enjoyed seeing him throughout the day.

Beverly Lenox Nov 8 2012 12:00 AM

I will always remember Bill, everytime he saw me he would say and wave. He was such a sweet and kind man, we will all miss him here at the Veteran's home.

Andrea Nov 8 2012 12:00 AM

Bill was a wonderful man-his smile and jolly spirit will be greatly missed around our home. It was an honor to serve him!

Angie Martin Nov 8 2012 12:00 AM

Our thought andf prayers are with you. Sorry for you loss Environmental Srevices Department

Chris Shaul Nov 8 2012 12:00 AM

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