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Saying goodbye to one of WV's most generous sons

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Last week, we said goodbye to one of our state's great business leaders and philanthropists. James H. "Buck" Harless died at age 94. A native of Gilbert, Harless founded International Industries Inc. in 1947, and became a major entrepreneur with significant holdings in mining, timber and manufacturing. A member of West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and the 2006 recipient of The State Journal's Who's Who in West Virginia Business Lorenelle White Lifetime Achievement Award, Harless was passionate about this state. He donated millions to the Mingo County community he called home and was a vital supporter of higher education across the state.

Harless was a shining example of what hard work and dedication can do. He came from poverty, but he never let his humble beginnings keep him from achieving great things. He was on a first-name basis with presidents and international business leaders, but he never forgot the state where he made his fortune. Our history is littered with robber barons who came here, exploited our resources and left like a thief in the night. Not Buck Harless. His legacy will live on for generations and his contributions will last a lifetime.