Harris Lee Hammontree was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 19, 1943. At six weeks old
Harris moved to Woodward, Oklahoma to live with his grandma Reba. He started School in
Woodward, Oklahoma, then in 1950 he moved to Moscow, Kansas to live with Dixie and Jenny
Howell where he became brothers with Pat Howell and Larry Hendricks. In 1954 the Howell
family moved back to Kibby, Oklahoma. Harris moved in with Blanch and Earnie Merritt.
Harris graduated from Buffalo High School with the class of 1960. After graduation he moved
to Wichita, Kansas and lived with his grandpa Riser, where he started College at Wichita State.
Harris met Betty Lou Jantz. They were married on September 30, 1961 and to this marriage
they had two Boys, Bryan and Justin Jay. They resided in a small house in Buffalo, Oklahoma.
Harris worked for Atlas Mud and later worked at the Buffalo Coop in 1965 for 26 years. Harris
served as a Volunteer fireman with Buffalo Fire Department beginning in 1972 and retired in
1992. His wife Betty passed away on May 25, 1982. Harris later married Salley Newberry on
September 11, 1982 in Raton, New Mexico. They made the home on the south edge of Buffalo,
Oklahoma. Where they enjoyed going to stock shows, football, Holidays, and having fun times
with their family. Harris is preceded in death by his wife Betty, grandson Caleb Aaron, and
Grandson Tye Lee. He is survived by his wife Salley of the home, his children Bryan and Kim
of Buffalo, Oklahoma, Justin and Anna of Woodward, Oklahoma, Raymond and Candee of
Buffalo, Oklahoma, Julie and Eddie of Woodward, Oklahoma; 10 Grandchildren and 8 Great
Grandchildren and due to in-laws and out-laws he had many nieces and nephews. Harris leaves
behind a slew of friends and loved ones.
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P.O. Box 439, Buffalo OK 73834