Roy Harris

Carl Leroy “Roy” Harris, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Given these trying times and the limitations of gatherings, the family held an intimate graveside service and interned him at Highland Cemetery next to his wife on May 9. The service can be viewed and online condolences can be left at

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorial donations be made in his name for his church, New Hope fellowship in Winfield. Contributions can be made directly or through the funeral home.

Roy was born July 23, 1938, in Peru, Kan., to Isaac Azel and Rosalie (Kelley) Harris. He was united in marriage to Tootsie on Nov. 14, 1955 in Westernport, Md. They were married for 56 years before her death in 2012.

Roy retired in 2013 from the company he co-founded with his children in 1985, Carl Harris Co., Inc., of Wichita, after serving as its president and general foreman for 28 years. He often mused that the communities and buildings he built and the family he led were the scrapbook of his life.

Roy was one of the founding members of New Hope Fellowship Church in Winfield, where he was loved and where he served on the building committee and as an elder.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Tootsie; parents, Ike and Rosie Harris; and brother, Joe.

He is survived by his children, daughter, Terri Wells and husband, Gary R. Jr., of Winfield, and son, Carl L. Harris and wife, Lori, of Newton; his grandsons, Donald “Donnie” Wilson, of Winfield and his children, Lane, Haylee and Kaci, of Wichita, John and Cassandra Wilson and their sons, Dawson and Christian, of Ocala, Fla., and Aspen Wilson, of Williston, N.D., Robert “Bobby” and Kati Wilson and son, Rhys, of Olathe, and Christian Taylor Harris, of Wichita and his companion of several years, Mary Milner.

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