Neighboring farmers help harvest cotton after tragedy


The city of Lamesa came together during one family’s time of need. When their cotton crop was ready to harvest, area farmers stepped in to help Monday when they could not get it done alone.

After E. Lee Harris was killed in a motorcycle accident, he left behind not only family and friends, but also his cotton crops.

“It’s very humbling. When I pulled up and saw the pickups and the strippers and the stuff, I cried, but it was a sweet cry. Everybody has wrapped their arms around us,” said Gena Harris, his wife.

More than a dozen farmers came together to harvest his crops.

“They give their time, their equipment. It’s something that you can’t wrap your mind around,” Elaine Harris, mother of E. Lee, said. “It’s unbelievable.”

These volunteer farmers took a break from their own crops to make sure this job was done first.

“Everybody in a situation like this, it’s kind of a family type thing. Everybody gets together and tries to help one another out,” said Tracy Birkelbach, a farmer who volunteered.

The Harris family is just happy their farm will get harvested one last time.

“I know he liked people, and he liked to talk and enjoyed people’s company, and I think he would just be amazed and he’d be so honored that all of this is taking place and helping us now,” Gena Harris said.

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