Memories of Bill Harless

I like this TCC post written by Charlie Sedman back in 2010:

Back in the fall of 1959 when most of our Connection Crowd had already passed under the Rotunda for the last time, the Central Junior High football team was setting the stages for a Championship run, not in 1959, but for 1962. This team had well-known Central football names on the roster – Etter, Phillips, Slaten, Robbs (two of them), and one Harless. The Harless kid did not have Butch’s frame and was not very fast, and (I thought) would have a hard time ever seeing any playing time in a Pounder uniform. So in the fall of 1964, as I sat at Chamberlain Field and watched this skinny Harless kid run for over 150 yards against East Ridge, I remembered those doubts. The kid had a lot of heart. So take care of that big heart, Mr. Harless…the big guys from the ’62 State Champs want to see you at future football team reunions.

Bill Harless’ Obituary

William Edge Harless, 66, Chattanooga, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home on Missionary Ridge.

Bill was born in Chattanooga, educated at Central High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   He loved sports, collecting antiques and spending time with his family.   Bill left his mark on numerous projects in Chattanooga.   He was recently inducted into the Central High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Wilma Edge and George Brown Harless, Sr.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lindia Caldwell; son, William Caldwell Harless; daughters, Mary Cummins (Richard) of Nashville and Laura Hamn.   He is also survived by his brother, George B. Harless, Jr. (Tootsie); sister, Pamela Harless Miller and his nieces and nephews whom he adored.   Bill was affectionately known by his five grandchildren (Wyatt Christian Harless, Richard Fenner Cummins III, William Bradford Cummins, Louisa Courts Cummins and John Houston Hamn) as “Buzz.”

Graveside services will be held at noon on Friday, April 19, at Forest Hills Cemetery with Dr. David Harr officiating.

Visit to share words of comfort with the family and view the memorial tribute.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.   The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Emory Winship Cancer Institute and Dr. Edward Arrowsmith of Tennessee Oncology.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at First-Centenary United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Prayer Request from Grace Ehmler Dalton

Requesting prayers for my 86 yr old aunt. She is my godmother and namesake and the last of the ones in that generation of my mother’s Pfitzer family.  She has been a resident of Chattanooga all her life and a 1944 graduate of Central High School.  Here is a picture of her by the Central marker that I took last Nov.  Right now Aunt Grace is in the hospital hopefully recovering from an infection and problems with her diabetes and insulin.  She was found unconscious on Wed in her apartment.  However yesterday morning she was responsive and smiling.  I will be flying down on Saturday to help my cousin who lives in Atlanta with things in Chattanooga.  Aunt Grace never married or had children.


Update on Bill Harless

Received the follow update on Bill–please pray for Bill and Lindia:

The fight in Bill goes on even though he suffered a major stroke last Friday rendering him paralyzed on his right side.  This left him unable to eat, drink??, or speak causing him major frustration but he is still trying.
We continue to receive wonderful support from our great class and we are eternally grateful.
Love to everyone,