Howard Joe "Pete" Burris
New Haven,WV

Howard Joe (Pete) Burris, 92, of New Haven, West Virginia, passed away at home on Monday, July 26, 2021. Born July 2, 1929, he was the son of Howard and Clara (Elias) Burris. Pete married Betty Roush on December 25, 1949, and they celebrated their 71st anniversary last Christmas. They had three children: Becky Chenoweth (Bob), John Burris (Ann), and Joe Burris (Lisa); five grandchildren: Megan Boucher (Tim), Jason Burris (Kristin), Maggie Chenoweth, Luke Burris (Maggie), and Anthony Ragalyi; and four great-grandchildren: Bradley, Ryan, Caroline, and Reed. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his son, John, in October 2012.

Pete graduated from Wahama High School in 1946 and Molar Barber College in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1948. He was a life-long member of New Haven United Methodist Church and served the church in many ways. When he was unable to attend church, he continued to teach his Sunday school class, “The Hustlers,” from home.

Pete was the hometown barber for 67 years, and for many, the go-to person to get information about New Haven. He was also a part-time car salesman for more than 30 years and worked for several dealerships in Pomeroy, Ohio. Out of the Burris Barber Shop, Pete not only cut hair, but he also traded guns and sold cars. There was no extra charge for the entertaining stories. Pete took pride in his garden, and he especially enjoyed raising tomatoes.

The family would like to thank the many friends who have assisted them over the past several years and Pleasant Valley Home Health. A special thanks is extended to Pete’s faithful caregiver, Karen Hindel.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Pete’s memory to New Haven United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 327, New Haven, WV 25265). There will be a graveside service at Graham Cemetery on Thursday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Richard Nease and Pastor Paula Napier officiating. Arrangements are by Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home.

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