Mr. John David Harper,Sr., 89

John D. Harper, age 89, of Gainesville, Georgia went to be with Jesus on July 30, 2020.

He was born April 11, 1931 in Huntsville, AL. He was the son of the late Ben G. Harper, Sr. and Pearl D. Harper.

John was blessed with three sisters, Helen Miriam, Eleanor Grimes and Marian Gary and a brother Ben G. Harper, Jr. He attended Decatur Boys High School, graduating in 1949. He attended P.C. College in Clinton, SC on a football scholarship, graduating in June 1953 as a 2nd. Lt. in the ROTC program. June 1951 he married his wonderful wife, Sally (Furse) Harper. They had three wonderful children, John D. Harper, Jr., Cheryl Callahan and Kimberly Couch. His wife Sally, of 41 years, went to heaven in July 1992. September 11, 1993, John married his lovely wife, Madge M Matthews and had 4 wonderful step-children, Melissa Musselwhite, Charles “Chuck” Matthews, Jr., Cathy Derrick and Robert Henry Matthews. The combined families had 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John loved his family.

          A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church at a later date. A private family graveside service will be in Decatur City Cemetery. Dr. Bill Coates will officiate and the soloist will be Suzette Watson.

          In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the First Baptist Ministry of Caring or Ministry of Music at 751 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501

Memorial Park Funeral Home North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Dr. is in charge of arrangements.

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Jane Kesler 2020-07-30 17:36:10
My deepest sympathy to you, Madge, and to all your family on John's death. He was such a fine Christian man, such a gentleman, and such a supporter of the ministries of our Sunday School class. He will be missed by all of us.
Cathy Robinson 2020-07-30 17:42:39
Mrs. Madge, you are in my thoughts & prayers. I am thankful that God allowed our paths to cross. enjoyed seeing you & Mr. John on Fridays at the beauty shop. He will be missed by many. Heaven gained a true gentleman
Meta Cronia 2020-07-30 22:47:30
My condolences to Madge and the family.
Nevelle and John Furse 2020-07-31 18:10:58
Sending Our thoughts and prayers with love and wonderful memories!
Elizabeth Mullins 2020-07-31 20:58:50
Madge and family: We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing yesterday. He was a fine Christian man and a true gentleman. He was always so nice and friendly. I know you all will miss him so much but he is with his Heavenly Father now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Take care, Elizabeth and Ed Mullins
David and Diane Owen 2020-08-01 16:39:30
Madge, we wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers during this time of great loss.
Sandy Baggett 2020-08-02 10:39:18
Madge to you and yours: May give you peace and contentment as you grieve. My thoughts and prayers are with you as remember John as the wonderful man he was and the wonderful life he lived.
Arlin Pitts 2020-08-17 07:28:12
My condolences. He was a good man.
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