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Harris W. LeFew, 88, of Westernport, died at his residence on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Jan. 9, 1930 at Hedgesville, W.Va. and was the son of the late Reverend Charles M. LeFew and Clara (Harris) LeFew. He was an active member of Grace United methodist Church in Keyser, W.Va.
He attended Fort Hill High School, in Cumberland, and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1946, and played guard on the undefeated football team. He graduated from Western Maryland College with a Bachelors Degree in Economics in 1951. He was a 3 sports athlete playing soccer, lacrosse and boxing. He graduated from Frostburg University with a Masters in industrial Management in 1963. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 at Fort Bragg, N.C. and Denver Colo.
He was assistant manager of the Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce from 1955 to 1959. He came to work at Westvaco as the assistant PR Director in 1959. He retired from Westvaco in 1999, with 40 years of service, as the Director of Public Relations.
Harris was awarded the Man of the year for the Mineral County Chamber in 1995. He held a life membership in the Cumberland Youth Football League. In 1990 he was recognized by Western Maryland College as Alumnus of the year for the class of 1951. He was named Executive of the Year by the Professional Secretaries International in 1987. He was awarded the Annual Bulldog Recognition Award by Bruce Hight School in 1978.
He played on local softball teams as catcher. He also loved to play golf. He enjoyed going to ACC Basketball and ACIT tournaments. He was an avid W.Va. fan. He played bridge on a regular basis.
Harris was a member of the Tri-Towns Lions Club for over 35 years. He was associated with the County United Way for over 30 years. He was a former member of the W.Va. and Md. Press Associations. He was former lay leader at Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont, W.Va. He held life membership in Victory Post 155, American Legion in Westernport. He served on the Sacred Heart Lay Advisory Board. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in both Mineral County W.Va. and Allegany County Md. He was a member of Ali Ghan Shrines in Cumberland, and a member of Royal Order of Jesters, and was a member of Hiram Lodge # 103 AF&AM in Westernport.
Harris is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Janet (Schaefer) LeFew; and his three sons, Brian D. LeFew and wife Debbie of Winchester, Va., Bruce W. LeFew and wife Donna of Franklin, Tenn., and James H. LeFew and wife Susan of Charleston, W.Va. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Nathan, Megan, Sara, Laura, and Amber; and eight great-grandchildren, Bridget, Caitlin, Jack, Thad, Owen, River, Asher, and Willa. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, James Head and wife Mary of Westminster; and many nephews and nieces.
Family and friends will be received at the Fredlock Funeral Home in Piedmont, W.Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church in Keyser, W.Va. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Lauren Godwin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a,m, until the time of service.
Inurnment will take place at a later date on the family plot in Hagerstown
The family request that memorial for Harris be directed to Grace United Methodist Church, 30 S. Mineral St., Keyser, W.Va. 26726 or Allegheny Humane Society, 716 Furnace St., Cumberland, Md. 21502, or the W.Va. Press Assoc., 3422 PAAV, Charleston, W.Va.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.Fredlock fh.com
Published on January 13, 2018
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