Drumright (OK) News Journal Drumright, Oklahoma October 2, 1985
REVEREND HARRY E. STAIRES Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the New Home Free Will Baptist Church in Berryhill for the Rev. Harry E. Staires, former Drumright pastor.The longtime minister died Sunday in the Drumright Nursing Home.He was 81.Music was provided by the State Ministers Quartet and soloist Raymond Lee of Houston, Texas. The Rev. Staires served as pastor of the Drumright Church a total of 21 years, serving for the first time in the 1930s during which time the church had a membership of over 400.He organized 12 new churches in Oklahoma including the Oilton Church, where he served as pastor, resigning in 1952.He assisted in organizing 25 other churches. Active in the Free Will Baptist administration, he served on the National Home Mission Board for 25 years, serving six of those years as chairman of the board.He was a moderator of the Oklahoma Association eight years and served six years on the Oklahoma Executive Board. In addition to Drumright and Oilton, he pastored churches in Tulsa, Duncan, Oklahoma City, Blackwell and Okmulgee. His first wife, Glenara, died in September of 1975. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Hargis Staires, Berryhill; a brother Herbert Staires, Jackson, Miss; two stepsons, Gene Hargis, Jenks and Col. Glenn Hargis, Fairfax, VA.
Note: the Social Security death index lists his first wife, Glenora Staires, died Drumright in 1975.