By Lucinda Bradford
Williamson Daily News
GILBERT, W.Va. — Mingo County entrepreneur and philanthropist James H. “Buck” Harless died Wednesday at the age of 94 at his home in Gilbert.
Harless was well known throughout the state for being an exceptionally successful businessman while maintaining a down-to-earth nature.
Harless began life as an orphan after his mother passed away shortly after his birth. He attended and graduated from Gilbert High School. Harless grew up poor but had dreams of wealth.
While still in high school, Harless told his Aunt Rosa that he would be a millionaire by the age 40. By the age of 40, Harless had already been a millionaire for several years.
Harless was raised by a devoted couple who gave him love and a home in a close-knit community.
Harless made millions of dollars and gave back much of what he acquired. In spite of his success, he remained a humble man. He used his resources and influence to make the state, particularly his hometown of Gilbert, a better place to live…