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Paul Edgar Harris

d. December 21, 2021

Paul Edgar Harris, age 89, of Williamsville, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Lincoln Memorial Hospital, in Lincoln, Illinois.

Paul was born October 24, 1932, in Springfield, Illinois, to William E. Harris and Alice Pearl Moffitt Harris.  Paul married Patty Spence on April 9, 1955 and she survives.  They were blessed with over 66 years together.

Mourning his passing are his daughter Libby (Keith) Miller, grandson, Paul J. (Stacy) Harris; step-granddaughter, Jennifer (Lucas) Shelton; great-granddaughters, Sydney Sutherland and Madison Harris; great-grandsons Christian Harris, Noah Harris, and Asher Shelton; many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his son, Wyatt Paul Harris; granddaughter, AmberJoy Sutherland; his parents and his 10 siblings – Maxine Wells, JW Harris, Donna Smith, Dorothy Lyons, Alice Schnake,  Bill Harris, Annabelle Urban Sexton, Carol Allen, Sam Harris, and Kay Shures.

Paul was a Veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War.  He was stationed in Korea for 16 months.  He worked for Patterson Bros Oil and Gas for 45 years.  Upon retiring,  he worked as a greeter at Walmart and enjoyed seeing a lot of people he had not seen in years.

Paul was a devoted family man.   He loved and supported his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in any adventure they undertook.  He was their biggest fan.   You could always count on him to give a hug, share some wisdom, or make you laugh.  He often told them “first things first.”  Paul was also a believer in Jesus Christ and had a strong faith in God.

Paul had many interests but two stood out.  He loved gardening.  He also developed a love of oil painting and spent many hours creating beautiful paintings.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Walnut Hill Cemetery, near Williamsville.

Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the Harris family.  On-line condolences may be shared at



  1. Paul was a great guy and he will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the Harris family.

  2. I grew up next door to Paul, Patty, Libby, and Wyatt. Good neighbors!!
    Several years ago my husband and I bought my parent’s house and were glad to have great neighbors including the Harris family.
    Jim and I will miss our neighbor, Paul Harris.
    We always enjoyed visiting with Paul. He graciously shared tomatoes from his garden with us. We have one of his paintings of a winter scene that we admire.
    Patty, we love you and continue in prayer for you and the rest of your family.
    Dianne and Jim Pickett

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Will keep all of you in prayer. Paul is a wonderful brother in the Lord and we look forward to seeing him again in heaven… as well as Wyatt and Amber.

  4. My heart goes out to you Libby and Patti. I will never forget how kind you were to me. Paul was a great guy . May God give you strength and comfort in these difficult days ahead and may the pain turn into sweet memories. Lots of love to you both.

    Lola Wilkerson.

  5. Patty and Libby. We are so very sorry . Paul was a great man and will be missed by many. May you feel God’s loving arms surrounding you and giving you His peace.

    Delores and Earl Fowler

  6. So sorry to hear about Paul. Paul always had a smile on his face and was always so friendly.. Sorry we could not be there as we are in Arizona. Love and prayers to you all.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Paul on his rounds of the park and waving to him as he drove by. My prayers for God‘s comfort to you during this hard time.

  8. Our sincerest condolences for the loss of your grandfather. Your family has experienced tremendous earthy loss & heartache, but knowing they are now in the presence of the Lord will provide His perfect comfort and peace during this time. Prayers for peace and comfort for he Harris family. Love Aunt Joanne & Uncle Bill.

  9. Patti and family, We were so sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. He was always so pleasant. I looked forward to seeing him drive by every day. I’m sure God has him in his arms. I hope knowing that we all care for you will help make you days easier.

  10. My deepest condolences. Paul was my neighbor for almost 10 years. I always admired him and his devotion to his family. He will be missed.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you for strength during these trying times.

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