Joe Harper

Born: Mon., May 5, 1930
Died: Fri., Jun. 14, 2019

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Mon., Jun. 17, 2019
Location: Platt Springs United Methodist Church

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Visitation for Joe Saye Harper, 89, will be held at 12 o’clock on Monday June the 17th, 2019 at Platt Springs United Methodist Church. A memorial will follow visitation in the sanctuary at 1 o'clock, officiated by Reverend Michael Hood.

Mr. Harper passed away on June the 14th, 2019.  Born in Conway SC, and raised in Bucksport, he was the son of the late Brewster Harper and Ervenia Harper.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years Grace Harper, three sons Tony Harper (Beverly), Andy Harper (Melissa), Bruce Harper (Maria), seven grandchildren and eleven great -grandchildren.

Mr. Harper graduated from Conway High School in 1948.  Mr. Harper then served his country in the Korean War where he was a decorated veteran of the US Army and awarded three battle stars. After serving in Korea, Mr. Harper settled in Columbia where he graduated from Columbia Business College and opened his own business, Community Grocery, in Forest Acres.  He was a member of the American Legion, the Lions Club and a long time member of Platt Springs United Methodist church. 

Mr. Harper was well known throughout the community and was a friend to many.  Throughout his years he was known to many people as the “Candy Man.”  He loved to share a hug and spread a smile with lifesaver candy.   

Memorials can be made to Platt Springs United Methodist Church.


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Wilma Wannamaker
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Grace , so sorry to hear about Joe. You are in my prayers. He was a good and gentle man. May the grace of God give you comfort and peace.

Kimberly and Matthew Wolfe
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bill King
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
My condolences to the family

David Urmston
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019

I want you to know how sorry we are for your loss.

David and Family

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