CORNELIA – John Wesley Harper, 92, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at his residence following a period of declining health.
Born on November 28, 1920 in Atlanta, he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Edna Crane Harper. After graduating from high school, he played shortstop for the Boston Red Sox AAA baseball team in Alabama. After a few years of baseball and getting quickly tired of riding buses from town to town to play ball, he and a teammate went and enlisted in the United States Army. Mr. Harper served with the 2nd Armored Division "Hell On Wheels" in World War II. He was retired from Carr Linen Service and for the last 15 years worked at Zaxby's restaurant in Cornelia, where he was affectionately known as "Pops." Mr. Harper was a lifetime member of the American Legion, he was a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member as well as a Shriner. He was an ordained deacon and a member of Montgomery Heights Baptist Church in Commerce. Mr. Harper was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Mitchell Harper; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Roebuck, Commerce; granddaughter, Tammy Roebuck, Cornelia, as well as close friends that he considered family.
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 25, from the Hillside Memorial Chapel. The Revs. James Dumas and Scott Lance officiated. Interment was at Hillside Gardens Cemetery. Full military honors were provided by the Georgia Military Honors Funeral Team.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillsidememorialchapel.com
Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.