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March 14, 2013

William C. Harris, an alumnus of the Funeral Services program, will be featured in Discovery Fit & Healthy Channel's new reality show, "Funeral Boss," which starts at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14. (Check local listings, and channel for schedule of original episodes and reruns.)

Six episodes will air, with an option for more. 

William C. Harris  
William C. Harris

Harris is the owner of the funeral home that bears his name, William C. Harris Funeral Directors and Cremation Service, on Halls Ferry Road in north St. Louis County and a funeral home in Belleville, Ill., as well.

He thinks that a funeral director should be a community leader, and has dedicated his career to being a strong role model as a local businessman.

He graduated from STLCC-Forest Park in 1993 with an associate degree in funeral service education, and became the youngest licensed funeral director in Missouri at age 18. He has served as the secretary of the Missouri State Funeral Directors Association since 1999.

His wife, Garnet, and several of his six children work in the business. To date, he is the only African-American funeral director in this area with the certification – Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, which he earned in 2004, and has 30 credit hours of continuing education.

He grew up in University City, and began working at the Ellis Funeral Home when he was only 12 years old.