John Will Harp
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HIGH POINT - John Will Harp, age 96, was summoned by the heavenly angels on May 13, 2014, to enter His gates and assumed his long awaited assignment of becoming a "doorkeeper" (usher) in heaven.
John was born on Jan. 31, 1918, to John Willie and Eliza Campbell Harp in Wagram, N.C. He attended the public schools in Scotland County, N.C. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, obtaining the rank of Sergeant during World War II. While in service he received the American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with one (1) Bronze Service Star; Philippine Liberation Medal with one (1) Bronze Star; Good Conduct Medal; and a World War II Victory Medal.
Upon moving to High Point, N.C., he met and married the love of his life, Addie Pemberton Harp. They were married more than 50 years prior to her death in 2000.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, two sisters and a great-grandson.
John was employed as a truck driver for Clinard Milling Company for many years. After the closing of Clinard, he worked at Davis Furniture Industries until retirement. He also worked part-time as a Red Bird Taxi driver, where he met numerous people.
A committed and faithful member of First Emmanuel Baptist Church, John enjoyed serving as President of the Senior Usher Board for over fifty years. He also mentored numerous young men while serving as President of the Junior Deacons. He loved his church family immensely. He previously held numerous positions in the Rowan Baptist Association.
John was a proud grandfather, uncle, friend and a good father and loving husband. He cherished the role of fatherhood.
Memories will forever live in the hearts of his children: Linda DePugh (Nathaniel), Upper Marlboro, Md., Billy Ray Drake, High Point, N.C., Vickie Harp, High Point, N.C.; Keith Harp, Atlanta, Ga., Sheila Harp Flowers (Clifton), Salisbury, N.C., Dwayne Harp (Donna), San Antonio, Tex., Craig Harp, Greensboro, N.C., and Kendrick Harp, (Gena), Durham, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren with fond memories; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
John's passing left a great void in the hearts of many. However, God's love will continue to comfort us.
Arrangements: Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at First Emmanuel Baptist Church, 833 Leonard Ave. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences made be made to the Harp family at phillipsfuneralserviceinc.com
Published in Salisbury Post on May 17, 2014