Wilburn M. Harris

Funeral services for Mr. Wilburn M. Harris, retired Chief of Police of Rayville, were held Monday, March 30, at First Baptist Church, Rayville, LA with Dr. Ernest Winburn officiating.

Interment followed in Rayville Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Rayville.

Mr. Harris was born August 24, 1928, in Louise, MS and passed away surrounded by his family at the Richardson Medical Center in Rayville on March 28, 2009.

He served the Town of Rayville as Chief of Police for 27 years before retiring in 1990. For the past nine years he worked as a Deputy of the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department. He gave of himself willingly to the people of Rayville and the entire parish, and he was always eager to help anyone in need.

Mr. Harris was a Master Mason, serving as Master of the Lodge twice, and he was a Shriner. He was also a member of First Baptist Church Saints Alive. He was also a veteran, serving in Occupied Japan.

Preceding him in death were his parents; W.B. and Coleen Harris, his son Billy, two brothers; Cecil and Lonnie Harris and a grandson.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Geraldine Boyd Harris and his children; Karen Harris Jones and husband Joe of Lake Charles, Betsy Harris of Calhoun, Scott Harris and wife Allyson of Monroe, and Paula Burks of Calhoun. His love and joy were his grandchildren; Brian Donham and wife Kim, Connor and Carter Harris, Amy Jones and Joanie Howard and husband Patrick, and his five great grandchildren; Cameron, Noah, Luke, Landry, and Annie. Mr. Harris is also survived by two sisters; Ruth Weeks and Renie Triplett, a brother; Lamar Harris, many nieces and nephews, and special friends; Troy, Joann, and Blake Dennard.

Pallbearers were Chief of Police Willie Robinson, Gene Sorey, Tommy Nicholson, Tommy Price, Bobby Hales, and Troy Dennard.

Honorary pallbearers were Emmett Brown Jr., Floyd Bruce Boughton, Billy McGlothin, Allen Thompson, B.J. McKnight and Sheriff Charles McDonald.

Mr. Harris was known by several titles; Chief to many people, husband to one, Daddy to three, brother to three, and uncle to many.

We will miss his pretty blue eyes, his sweet smile, his smoked hams, and his corny jokes. As his granddaughter Amy said, “We are lucky to have known that no matter what, no one loved us more than Paw did.”

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Dubuis Hospital, and LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and the Richardson Medical Center in Rayville for their loving care of our dad and husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Signs of Life Fund, Rayville, LA, or to The McDade House, 1825 Warrington Place, Shreveport, LA 71101.

Online condolences may be made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.

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