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Death notices for Agnes Burris, Donald Cox and Harley Johnson


Agnes Letty Burris, 85, died at her home in White Salmon on Jan. 7, 2005. She was born in Scotland, S.D., on Oct. 17, 1919, the daughter of Mary Frances (Bevins) and Edmond Alfred Portner.

She grew up in South Dakota, where she attended school in a one-room school house. After World War II, she moved to White Salmon. She worked as a cook for the elementary school and also at Diamond Fruit as a fruit sorter. She retired in 1982.

Mrs. Burris liked taking walks and loved tending the flowers in her garden -- tulips were her favorite. May her soul rest in peace.

Mrs. Burris is survived by her son, Larry Burris, White Salmon; daughter Barbara Burris, Eagle Creek, Ore.; sister Edna Woodward, Golden Grove, Calif.; one grandchild and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date.

Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled arrangements.

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Donald E. Cox died on the evening of Jan. 5, 2005, at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. He was born on June 10, 1938, to Doris and Edwin Cox in the family home just outside White Salmon.

A lifelong resident of the White Salmon area, Mr. Cox retired from SDS Lumber Co. after 43 years as a millwright and foreman. He also raised children, cattle, hay, and poison oak on the family farm outside White Salmon. He enjoyed horses and horseback riding, country ballads, telling tall tales to gullible children (and adults), and creating unique lyrics to popular songs and jingles. Mr. Cox especially loved babies, and greatly enjoyed his extended and growing family.

Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 44 years, Florence Cox. He is survived by his fiancee, Gayle Krenz; children Dawn Cox, Molalla Ore., Lorraine Underwood, Duvall, Donald Cox Jr. and Teresa Montavon, both of White Salmon; siblings Virginia Mahieu, Wanda Devon, George Cox, and Charles Cox; ten grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews, with another on the way.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bingen. Memorials can be made to the Donald Cox Memorial Fund at Columbia River Bank. Funds will be designated for Jon Krenz's Ministry Training, which Mr. Cox strongly supported.


Longtime White Salmon resident Harley Johnson died at his home on Jan. 4, 2005. He was 82.

Harley Loran Johnson was born on Sept. 21, 1922, in Portland, Ore., to Anna Laura (Jabs) and George Loran Johnson. As a young boy, he moved to Wishram and then to North Bonneville. He graduated from Stevenson High School in 1940 and in 1942, he married Frances Johnson in Stevenson. He attended telegraphy school before going to work for SP&S Railroad.

On Feb. 28, 1944, Mr. Johnson was inducted into the United States Army and served in New Guinea and in the Philippines during World War II. He received the Philippine Liberation Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal. Mr. Johnson was honorably discharged from his military service on Feb. 6, 1946.

He returned home to his wife and to continue his work with the railroad. The couple lived in eastern Washington, Washougal and then Stevenson for 14 years before settling in White Salmon in 1964. He was employed by the railroad for 40 years, retiring in 1982.

Mr. Johnson had many hobbies including woodworking, photography, playing the piano and keyboard, and working on his computer. He also enjoyed activities such as hunting, fishing and golfing. He was interested in the Spanish language. The couple liked square dancing and also enjoyed taking cruises. They were "snowbirds" to Yuma, Ariz., for several years.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Frances; daughter Cathie Baisley, Yuma; son Ken Johnson, Salem, Ore.; brother Bob Johnson, Vancouver; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in White Salmon on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2004, at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Gorge or United Methodist Church.

Gardner Funeral Home and Columbia River Crematory handled arrangements.

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