John W. Harbin

November 7, 1932March 11, 2021

John was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He was the son of Nora Ardis and George Melvin Harbin of Mobile.

John served our country in the US Navy for 4 years and he was extremely proud of our country and our flag. He was in VP2 Squadron and served as an Aviation Electronic Technician on the VP2 Neptune aircraft. He then graduated from Auburn University and joined IBM in Pensacola, Florida. He was moved to Columbia, SC, where he met and married his current wife, Sherie (Stockman) Harbin. John was an accomplished woodturner and belonged to the Palmetto Woodturners Association.

He is survived by sons, John, Jr. of Texas City, TX, Brady of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Peter of Lexington, SC, and a daughter, Jennifer (Travis Ellis) of Cayce; grandchildren, John III (Lindsay) of Pittsburgh, PA, Stephanie (Preston) Hesse of The Woodlands, TX, Crystal Patterson of Wichita Falls, TX, Joshua Mealer of Oklahoma City, OK, Henry Harbin of Lexington, SC and Gage Harbin, of Murrells Inlet, SC. He was predeceased by a daughter, Laura Harbin of Houston, TX and a brother, Jack Harbin of Mobile.

John and Sherie made their home on the shores of Lake Murray where John enjoyed many years of fishing, water skiing, and never tired of boat rides to see the Purple Martins or just cruising around on the lake they loved.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel and Elmwood Funeral Home and Cremation Service are assisting the family.


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Ann Aquino

March 14, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. We are wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ann and Tom Aquino

Lydia Francis

March 14, 2021

Jeff and I were saddened to hear of your great loss. Such an amazing man; kind through and through. An earthly loss; but Heaven’s gain.
You are in our hearts and prayers. The Lord Bless you and Keep you.

Wayne Earhardt

March 13, 2021

Sherie, Dale and I just learned about John's death . We are so very sorry and our sympathy and condolences go out to your entire family. John was a fine man with so many wonderful qualities. Needless to say, I will cherish my memories of him while we were together at IBM and, especially, the good times we had together on our beach outings to Nick's place . May God bless and comfort you during these difficult days and may he grant you peace in knowing that John now sits and reigns with our Heavenly Father forever and ever. He has gained the ultimate goal !!!

Frank Swygert

March 13, 2021

Fondly remember John when we were both salesmen at IBM Columbia back in the late 60s. I went directly from serving in the Army to being in sales and, as veterans, we had a lot in common. John was a great guy and a positive influence for me. Very sorry to learn of his passing.

Ji m Whitmire

March 13, 2021

Sherie, Gaye and I are so sorry to hear about John. The Harbin family has always filled a very special place in our hearts. Our prayers are with you and your family. Jim Whitmire