Gilbert Leon Harris

(September 11th, 1939 - February 16th, 2017)

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     Gilbert Leon Harris, age 77 of Ava, Missouri passed away early Thursday morning, February 16, 2017. He was born September 11, 1939 in Bevier, Missouri the son of John and Vester (Riley) Harris. On March 28, 2009, Leon was united in marriage to Ila (Snyder) Harris after the death of his first wife, Lurene (Turley) Harris, in 2008. Leon was a longtime resident of Douglas County and well-known for his community minded service. For a combination of 14 years, Leon performed various duties and dedicated countless hours to daily connections with friends, customers and coworkers while serving as Ava Mayor and City Alderman. Leon also owned and operated a heavy equipment construction company while living in Kansas City and continued the business after moving to Ava in 1972. Leon loved and enjoyed his large family and they will forever treasure his wonderful memory. Leon is survived by his caring wife Ila; seven children Drevis Burke and husband David, Jerry Pitts and wife Debbie, Terry Pitts and wife Becky, Daryla Richards, Donnie Harris and wife April, Dale Harris and Darrell Harris; five step-children Rick Snyder and wife Penny, Bill Snyder, Sharla Brown and husband Roy, Ang Thomas and husband Ron, Andrea Kirk and husband Mike; brother Chester Harris and sister Dora Marie Johnson; 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and numerous other caring relatives. In addition to his first wife, Leon was preceded in death by his parents, son Larry Pitts and daughter Debra Harris. Funeral services for Leon will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Ava General Baptist Church under the direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. until service time in the church. Donations are suggested to Mt. Tabor Cemetery or Ava General Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared at

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