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Von Weldon Harris

January 7, 1934 - March 18, 2020

Von Weldon Harris of McKinney, Texas passed away March 18, 2020 at the age of 86.  He was born on January 7, 1934, just north of the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jasper Henry (Jack) Harris and Ina (Miller) Harris.  Weldon was one of five classmates that made up the 1952 graduating class of Santo High School in Santo, Texas.  He was always proud to say that he was in the “Top Five” of his graduating class. In 1953, Weldon married his high school sweetheart, Lometa Young in the living room of her parent’s house in Brazos, Texas.  They immediately left for Endicott, New York where Weldon had a job working pipeline construction with Williams Brothers Construction.  Co-workers and family then questioned his decision to leave a good paying job and return to Texas to become a banker.  For him, that decision became a 37 year fulfillment of a dream.

Weldon was a graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  He started his banking career in Mineral Wells, Texas. He went on to work in banks in Floydada and Amarillo before landing his final banking position as president of Fritch State Bank in Fritch, Texas for the next 25 years.

In Fritch, he led a full life as an active citizen and dedicated servant of the community and his church where he was an assistant pastor.  Weldon was a career-long member of the Lion’s Club, a member of Fritch Football Boosters Club and a driver for the Fritch Volunteer Ambulance Service for many years.

As president of Fritch State Bank, Weldon was dedicated to serving the community through helping people prosper personally as well as in their businesses. Weldon loved working with the Chamber of Commerce. He loved Howdy Neighbor Day. Every year he looked forward to the privilege of bidding on animals at the FFA Livestock Auctions and supporting the local FFA.

In 1985, The Arts Committee of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce awarded Weldon and Fritch State Bank the “Golden Nail Award” for their support of the Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum in Fritch. He diligently worked to bring medical and dental clinics to the community, both of which still exist there today. Weldon had a vision for the growth of the City of Fritch and the surrounding area and saw many of his dreams fulfilled. He happily served his community in this capacity until his retirement in 1991. 

He often reminisced about the television ad the bank ran in the late 1960’s with the slogan: “With all the violence in the world today, aren’t you glad there’s still places like Fritch?”

In “retirement”, he became a real estate appraiser and worked in that profession in Fritch as well as in McKinney after a move there in 1994. Weldon was a devoted member and founding elder at Resurrection Life Church in McKinney, Texas.  He was also an ordained minister.

Weldon is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Lometa Harris of McKinney, Texas; sons, Weldon “Rick” Harris and wife, Sharon of Allen, Texas and Randall Harris of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Rhonda Smith of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Travis Smith and wife, Yumi, Aaron Smith, Jennifer Sharp and husband, Jeremy, Amy Harris, and Christopher Harris and wife, Amanda; great-grandchildren, Stella and Ezra Sharp; sisters, Helen Conway of Grand Prairie, Texas and Bueaton McKinzey of Pantego, Texas; numerous other loving family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ina Harris, brothers, Kendall Harris, Beverly Harris, Doyle Harris and Don Harris.

A graveside service for the family will be held Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Dobbs Valley Cemetery in Mineral Wells, Texas.  A memorial service will be held on a future date to be determined.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity.

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I met Weldon for the first time back in '67, '68 when the Harris family moved to Fritch. Rhonda and I were and are lifetime friends so when I think about it- I'd have to say feels like loosing a 2nd dad. He was a godly man who loved his family and served the Lord with all his might. I will miss him and his wonderful smile and disposition. I know he is rejoicing with loved ones, friends, and Jesus. Prayers and comfort in days ahead for all of his family. Don't think of them as gone away-- their journey's just begun; life holds so many facets--this earth is only one. Just think of them as resting from the sorrows and the tears-- in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think of how they must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of them as living in the hearts of those they touched..... For nothing loved is ever lost. --- anonymous. Lou and Dave Kaszynski, March 28, 2020 I have known Mr. Weldon most of my life. He was always a stable wise man. He was a great blessing in all he did. Always ready to help in life and ministry. I found a stability that he had. I am rejoicing that he is with the Lord and I will see him again someday.
Tim Schwankl, March 26, 2020 Another of our favorite people has moved up to heaven. What a sweet man and precious family. We love you.
Marie Magruder, March 26, 2020 Much love sent to you with thoughts and prayers. Roy and Jan Lowry, March 23, 2020 It was an honor to have known such a godly man as Weldon Harris. His legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren. His faithfulness, dedication, intelligence, integrity, and love of God has touched more lives than can be counted. God bless Lometa and his entire family both today and in the days ahead until you are all joined together one day in Glory. Richard and Sherri Ratliff, March 22, 2020 Prayers for all of his family. Lometa, know I wish I could give you a big HUG. We are praying for all of you, but are sending extra for you. All our Love and Prayers.
Ginger And Duane Hosick, March 22, 2020 I've known Mr. Harris my entire life. He watched me grow up from a baby to an adult. I have many great memories of him. He always had a smile on his face, was always so sincere, and ALWAYS lent a helping hand when needed. I remember as a kid watching him always collect offering during church service. He was always helping clean the church and even helped out our family. He gifted a Lincoln to my parents when I was a preteen. I remember thinking how thoughtful that was and I always looked forward to driving it one day. I never got that chance(Thanks a lot Timmy). As an adult Mr Harris often enjoyed talking finance with me since we both worked for banks. I received some great advice from him. But mostly what I will remember about him is his undying love for God and for his family, especially Lometta. He was the definition of a good man and he will be missed. I'm happy to have known him. Heaven has gained a precious angel. Teresa Schwankl, March 21, 2020 We will hold Weldon in our hearts until we meet again. I'll always remember his smile and positive outlook. He was a member of the church I grew up in and was a staple in my life and among the elders and was a great usher for so many years. He was always welcoming and respectful and the role fit him so well. He was so sweet to my children also and loved to simply smile with them. His courteous nature will live in our hearts and he will be missed. Much love to the family during this time. Erik & Katie Castro Barreto & family, March 21, 2020 God bless you Uncle Weldon and your loving family. The Harris family is a little smaller today but you made it bigger by your presence. May it remain that way through our memories. Kyle McKinzey, March 21, 2020 We moved to Fritch in 1978 when we joined with Weldon & Lometa as pastors of Christ As Life Church. During those 14 years we were blessed by love & friendship of both of them who became our best friends. Weldon was a godly man of awesome moral character who loved Jesus & family with all his heart. He was a role model for many people and always ready to help & pray for those who sought counsel. He has a special place in our hearts & are so thankful we were able to share our lives with such a kind & loving man. Jesus said to faithful believers "Well done" (WEL-DON) "good & faithful servant." (Matt. 25:23). We will miss him greatly, his smile and cheerful attitude but know He is enjoying Jesus and his family who have gone on before. We are looking forward to seeing him one day in Heaven when we all meet again. We send our sympathies, love and blessings to his family. Merrill, Lois, Alan, Preston, Nolan, Salem, Caleb, Isaac, Benjamin & Willow Silvey Merrill & Lois Silvey, March 21, 2020