James Monroe Harper Sr.

October 9, 1931April 9, 2013
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Harper, James Monroe October 9, 1931-April 9, 2013

Jimmy passed away peacefully at home in Newnan, GA at the age of 81 on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 after a valiant fight with end stage renal failure. Born in Oklahoma City, OK to David Monroe and Clarice Fordham Harper, the family moved back to the Atlanta area where he grew up in East Point and College Park.

He began his military career with the United States Air Force in 1951 and served his country during the Korean War until 1955. During his time in the military he married his childhood sweetheart, Juanita Fay Verhine and started their family. After leaving the military Jimmy settled his family in the Atlanta-Hapeville area and started his 30 year career with Ford Motor Company.

He is survived by his son, James Monroe Harper, Jr. (Rachael); daughter, Jayne Harper Robinson (Raymond); grandchildren, Amanda Robinson Jarrell (Andrew), Darby Michelle Robinson, Ashley Elizabeth Harper; great-grandchildren, Andon Harris Jarrell, Adeline Jayne Jarrell; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Louise Harper Chandler (Bill), Dorothy Harper Turner (Selvie), and Linda Harper Martin (J.D.).

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home Chapel, Peachtree City, GA with Elder Ronald Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends and family Thursday night, April 11, 2013 at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM.

The family asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Georgia Transplant Foundation, 500 Sugar Mill Road, Suite 170A, Atlanta, GA 30350.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2013

James Monroe Harper Sr.

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Ashley Harper

April 14, 2013

I love you pawpaw so much! Although i will miss you forever, im excited for you in the way that you are with granny again for eternity. I was at your house today, and it simply did not seem right... Your presence was gone, thats how i know where you truley are! Although you are not here physicaly i feel you watching over me every day. Give granny lots of my love that you felt, and know that at some point i will see you again! I love you

Kay Whittelsey

April 12, 2013

Growing up living next door to Jimmy was a very memorable and wonderful experience for me. I loved Jimmy, Juanita, Jayne and Jim like they were my own family. And that is exactly how they made me feel. So many memories of the swimming pool, Jimmy cooking out, and sitting under the weeping willow tree in the back yard in the shade. I always enjoyed his company, jokes and enjoying life....he always will have a special place in my heart. Love to all of you. I am here if you need me.

Kay Whitehead Whittelsey

Pat Brannon

April 12, 2013

My late husband, George "Buster" Colwell worked with Jim at Ford and they had some good times together. I remember ordering a cake for Jim's retirement and being so happy that the Ford logo looked "official". Sympathies to all of you in your loss.
Pat Colwell Brnnon

Charlie Whitehead

April 12, 2013

He was part of the reason I am the person I came to be. His influence during my chidhood was part of my foundation. I reflect back on how he made us all laugh and how he taught me to paralell park,and so many other memories that came to us over a life time. He was a good friend to Mother and all us as we grew up in the houses on the hill. My thoughs and prayers are with both of you in this time.

Robin Scarbrough Mann

April 12, 2013

Praying that God will comfort your hearts, uplift your spirits, and carry y'all through the sadness to a place of peace.

Great Uncle Jimmy had such a good sense of humor. Always had jokes or a story to tell us.

J. D. & Frances Thompson

April 12, 2013

As each of us mourn Jimmy's passing, please know that Jimmy has left behind a legacy of love and honor of family. His joyful smile and laughter will always be remembered. The Lord's richest blessings be with you at this time, and his personal consulation wrap you in his tender arms and mercy. We love you. J.D.and Frances Thompson

Derrin Wright

April 11, 2013

My thoughts & prayers are with you as you go thru this difficult time! We know the LORD never puts more on us than we can stand! Much love to you & yours!

Shelia Harper

April 11, 2013

Jayne, Jim and families, I am so sorry for your loss. We all loved Uncle Jimmy. Having dinner in the country and riding 4 wheelers and seeing the deer and all the other animals. He loved it down there. That was his little piece of haven on earth and now he is in heaven with his love Juanita.

David Butler

April 11, 2013

Morning star lights the way
Restless dream all done
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life begun,Real Life just begun
He is home now, waiting on you.

Jeff Jackson

April 11, 2013

Jimmy lived a full life. I so enjoyed time at their home during the holidays. Jimmy always had a story to tell. Sorry I won't make the memorial, give everyone my best.