Brian Mitchell Harness, age 52, of Harrison, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was born December 31, 1959, in Harrison, the son of Daniel Troy and Barbara (Downum) Harness. His father preceded him in death on August 8, 2012.
Brian was a member of CrossRoads Community Church. He was the owner of Ozark Woods, which he founded in 1982 soon after marrying his wife Laura on January 22 of that same year. He was a World and National award -winning taxidermist. He enjoyed going to taxidermy shows, where he either competed or served as judge. Brian was an avid sportsman, hunter, trapper and fisherman. He loved his pets, especially his Labrador, Tank, and his fox, Jasper. He also loved spending time with family and telling stories and watching Andy Griffith shows.
Brian is survived by his loving wife of almost 31 years, Laura (Boswell) Harness; his mother, Barbara Harness; his sons and daughter-in-law, Grant and his wife Melanie Harness and Giles Harness; his daughter, Breezy Harness; his sister and brother-in-law, Danielle and Ralph James; his brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Norma Harness; a host of other family and many dear friends.
Visitation was Friday, December 21, 2012, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.
Funeral service was Saturday, December 22, 2012, at CrossRoads Community Church, with Rev. Johnny Walters officiating and Taz Ellett and Craig Harness speaking.
Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery following the services.
Pallbearers were Grant Harness, Giles Harness, Justin Harness, Tom Gentry, Robert Eddings, Bob Parkhill, Steve Atkinson and Michael Atkinson.
Honorary pallbearers were Taz Ellett, Dr. Mahlon Marris, Mitch Webb, Tim Harness, Roger Harness, Gary Harness, Bruce Rogers, Employess Dale Boggus, Brad Hawthorne, Deron Snowden, Arkansas Taxidermist Association and the National Taxidermist Association.