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John Wesley Harper
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Funeral services for John Wesley Harper, 92, of Cornelia, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Hillside Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Dumas and the Rev. Scott Lance officiating. Burial followed the service in Hillside Gardens Cemetery. Full military honors were provided by the Georgia Military Honors Funeral Team.

Mr. Harper died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his residence following a period of declining health.

Born Nov. 28, 1920, in Atlanta, he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Edna Crane Harper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Mitchell Harper, as well as 10 brothers and sisters.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Harper played short stop for the Boston Red Sox AAA baseball team in Alabama. After a few years playing 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 Mr. Harper 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 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, as well as a Shriner. Mr. Harper was an ordained deacon and a member of Montgomery Heights Baptist Church in Commerce.

Survivors include his daughter, Connie Roebuck of Commerce; granddaughter, Tammy Roebuck Halbrook and husband Travis of Cornelia; grandson, Michael John Roebuck and wife Stacey of Talmo; great-grandchildren, Kristian Roebuck of Talmo, and Alyssa Halbrook and Bryson Halbrook of Cornelia; as well as a many close friends that he considered family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

Wednesday, August 28, 2013