Rev. Harless Hess

Rev. Harless Alexander Hess

Thursday, November 24th, 1932 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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Rev. Harless Alexander Hess, age 87, of Honaker, Virginia, passed away Tuesday (May 5, 2020) at his home. Born November 24, 1932 in Honaker, Virginia, he was a son of the late David Alexander and Minnie Ward Hess. A lifelong resident of the area, he was a disabled coal miner, having been employed by Clinchfield Coal and was a member of the UMWA. A proud veteran of the United States Army, he had served during the Korean Conflict. He was a devoted and longtime member of the Honaker Church of God. He began preaching and evangelizing in 1972 and had served as pastor at several area churches. He believed in showing oneself friendly, talking and trading with those willing to listen. He enjoyed working, serving his Lord, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Florine Snead Hess, one son, Alex Hess, four brothers, Raymond Hess, Jerry Hess, Eugene Hess, and Burton Hess, five sisters, Loetta Fields, Pallace Fields, Martha Smith, Lucille Stoots, and Katherine Cox, great-granddaughter, Kiara, and his father-in-law, Mavin Howard Compton. In his generation, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Pearl Nadine Compton Hess of the home; two daughters, Teresa Compton of Jonesborough, Tennessee and Sandra Kay Dye of Honaker; two sons, Steve Hess and wife, Leanne of Morristown, Tennessee and Heath Dye and wife, Hailey of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter-in-law, Anna Hess; grandchildren, Robbie, Angie, Preston, Jordan, Kayla, Brittany, Courtney, Shane, and Logan; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Cameron, Leighton Joy, Skylar, Nicolas, Kennedi, and Kamilah; mother-in-law, Zora Compton; several nieces and nephews also survive.
In consideration of health and well-being of others and in respect of the guidelines of the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia services will be a private family gathering with Rev. Larry Brooks, Rev. Steve Hess, and Rev. Paul Day officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens at Lebanon, Virginia.
Pallbearers will be Jordan Ramsey, Larry Compton, Preston Ramsey, Shane Hess, Logan Hess, Robbie Compton, and Jimmy Compton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Miller and Kyle Roberts.
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    Ketron Memorial Gardens
    154 Huckleberry Road
    LEBANON, VA 24266
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Cathern Street

Posted at 10:12am
My prayers are with you at this time. He touched the lives of more people than even he knew of. He was a great man, and that is not expressed loosely. May God be with you through this time.

Cathern Barnett Street

Lanesa Breeding

Posted at 08:40am
I have the fondest memories of rev. Harless as far back as I can remember, going to church at Honaker. As a little girl he would give me chewing gum and candy. As an adult, he would smile at me, give me a hug and say “how are you Nesie?” That was his nickname for me. He will surely be missed!! 🙏😢❤️

Cathy Ratliffe

Posted at 07:30am
My precious memory of my uncle was taking me to churches to sing as a young girl, I loved him so very much and always looked up to him. I will surely miss this wonderful man. Fly High Uncle Harless.

Cathy clark Posted at 10:28am

Praying for Family so Sorry for your loss he was a Special man Bob & Cathy Clark

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