It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of our friend and leader, Bruce Harris. Bruce passed away peacefully at home Sunday morning following a long and valiant fight against cancer
All of us will remember Bruce’s positive attitude, his smile, his leadership, and above all, his example”, states Kim Barnes, President and COO of The Callaway Bank. “Bruce shared with me many times that his desire was for the bank to move forward, grow, and remain strong and independent long past his tenure. Because of that wish, the bank formed a plan of succession and transition that’s been in place for some time. We are committed to honoring Bruce’s legacy by remaining an independent bank that supports our communities.”
Visitation will be held at Maupin’s Funeral Home in Fulton, MO Tuesday, December 18 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at10:00 on Wednesday, December 19 at The First Presbyterian Church on Court Street with a private family burial to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fulton, MO.
Listed below is a partial list of his accomplishments and a note written by Bruce when asked some years ago to put his accomplishments in writing.
A graduate of Fulton High School, Harris graduated with a degree in Psychology from Westminster College, Fulton, MO in 1976 prior to beginning his 36 year career at The Callaway Bank. He was also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.
“I did not keep a list of these things as they were numerous and I did not agree to work on those projects just to build a resume. If I did it, I did it because I believed I could help,” Bruce T. Harris, CEO, The Callaway Bank.
The Callaway Bank, President & CEO, 1999 – 2012
The Callaway Bank Board of Directors
Missouri Independent Banker’s Association, Past President and Board of Directors
Midwest Independent Bancshares, Inc., Board of Directors, Vice Chairman
Missouri Bankers Association, Board of Directors
Missouri Bankers Association Political Action Committee of Central Missouri, Chairman
Midwest Independent Bank, Advisory Board Member, Jefferson City, MO
Midwest Independent Bank, Board of Directors
Independent Community Bankers of America Federal Legislation Committee Member, Washington, DC
Enterprise Development Loan Committee (SBA 504), Chairman
Independent Community Banker’s of America Federal Political Action Committee Member, Washington DC
Fulton Public Schools Foundation Board of Trustees and Past Treasurer
Assisted the Fulton Public schools on two bond issues.
Fulton Area Development Corporation, Founding Member and Past Chairman
Callaway Economic Development Foundation, Founding Member
Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, Past Board member
American Cancer Society, Past Board Member
Callaway County Ambulance District, Past Board member
Serve, Inc., Past Board member and Chairman
Missouri Beta Chapter Home Association, Past President and Board Member
Westminster College Alumni Council, Past Member
Friends of Scouting Campaign Co-Chair
Fulton Country Club, Past President and Board Member
City of Fulton Strategic Planning Committee member
YMCA corporate capital campaign Co Chair
Kingdom of Callaway Supper President, 2005
J.H. Atkinson Award Recipient
Honorary Chair of the Mayor’s Animal Shelter Campaign
Fulton Colleges Board of Associates Alumni Award recipient
Student Government Association Alumni Award from Westminster College
National Award of Merit from Phi Delta Theta International fraternity
Fulton Public Schools Outstanding Service in Education Award recipient