Kenneth Raymond Harris

April 19, 1937 - July 20, 2023

Kenneth Raymond Harris, 86, died, Thursday, July 20, 2023, in Beaumont. He was born on April 19, 1937, to Elsie Creigh Harris and Lois Lorene Wilson.

Kenneth grew up in a loving home with both laughter and tears. His family shared with others in time of need and had occasion to receive the same. They opened their home to family members who had lost their home in a fire, then experienced the same fate themselves. He lost his Dad to a heart attack in 1961. His mother became the matriarch of the family. She loved everyone dearly, had a great sense of humor, and was sharp as a tack. She hosted the family every Sunday for lunch after church. It was truly a treasured time of fellowship. Kenneth had a servant’s heart, and gave his hard work, blood, sweat, and tears to many. The man worked hard all his life and really enjoyed his labor. He loved getting on the floor and playing with his grandchildren. He told stories and gave them great imaginations of pink ponies and many more. He loved animals and taught us kindness in so many ways by the way they were treated. He had been a truck driver, rodeo clown and rider, painter, carpenter, roofer, and whatever other task was needed at the time. He was a great story-teller and would talk to a fence post for an hour. He loved greatly and shared his time and wisdom with so many out of that love.

Survivors include his wife, Velma June Harris; children, John Michael Harris and his wife, Kathy, Debora Ann Harris and her husband, Rene Yanez, Elsie Rose Wright and her husband, Scott, Lois Annette Dailey and her husband, Lonnie, Kenneth Raymond Harris II and his wife, Connie; step children, William Ernest Clark and his wife, Jill, Shirley Ann Maida and her partner, Jon Trahan, and Wayne Lee Clark; twenty two grandchildren; thirty two great grandchildren; and brother, Rex Donald Harris.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Harris; and sisters, Sara Rose Barrow, Helen Eloise Wynn, and Sharon Elise Epting.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 632008, Houston, Texas, 77263 or to the Harbor Hospice House, P.O. Box 21463, Beaumont, Texas, 77720-1463.

A gathering of Mr. Harris’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2023, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. His interment will follow at High Island Cemetery.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • July 24, 2023
  • 12:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • July 24, 2023
  • 2:00 pm


High Island Cemetery
  • 1309, Gulfway Lane, Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, 77623,
  • July 24, 2023

Comments (8)

    Keith Wynn says:

    Sorry for you loss. He will be missed! Although always very strict with us kids, and would work my butt off when I went to work for him!!! What I thought was working my butt off back then. Don’t forget the mini bikes and bubba!!!!

    Ms. Esther says:

    Kenneth Harris:
    one of my favorite people-EVER.
    My love and prayers for all of you.
    I love you; I care.
    Ms. Esther

    Corky and Rosy Wright says:

    May perpetual light shine upon Ken as he joins his Heavenly family.

    Kendall Barrow says:

    My sincerest condolences. Mr. Harris was a wonderful man. One of my fondest memories was when the faculty and school board was playing the 1982 senior class in basketball. He strapped on some stilts he used for painting ceilings and hanging Sheetrock and went onto the court. He was about 9 ft tall at that moment. The whole gym erupted in laughter.

    Corky and Rosy Wright says:

    May perpetual light shine upon Ken as he joins his Heavenly family.

    Tom & Martha Dufresne says:

    Praising God for Uncle Kenneth and the joy he always shared. We know that joy came from his Savior, Jesus Christ. We thank God for his life and family.
    Love to each of you, Tom & Martha.

    Molly Armour says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time.

    Molly Sullivan Armour.

    Lisa (Beene) Pierce says:

    Uncle Kenneth you are a wonderful man. So proud I got to have you in my life. Rest in peace with Aunt Lois and my Daddy. Till we meet again. To all of Uncle Kenneth’s kids, Live you guys, so sorry for your loss.

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