Joseph Patrick Harper Sr.

January 3, 1946September 12, 2018
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On September 12, 2018 Joseph Patrick Harper Sr., loving husband and father to four passed away at home surrounded by his family at the age of 72.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 3rd, 1946. Joe graduated from St. Joseph’s and received a degree in accounting before serving in the Vietnam War. He married Mary Ann Harper on May 29th, 1969.

Joe moved his family from Michigan in 1982 to Houston, TX to become a founding partner of Texas Sterling Construction, a heavy civil construction company. He was an industry leader who influenced all whom he met. He had a passion for family, friends, work, great wine, and good times. He was survived by his wife Mary Ann, his son Joseph Harper Jr. and wife Kelly, daughter Heather Marie Barnes and husband Scott, son James Walter Harper, son Jonathon Mark Harper and wife Vanessa, seven grandchildren, and sister Barbara Rachelle Harper.

A viewing will be held from 5-8 pm on Monday September 17th, 2018 at Forest Park in The Woodlands, 18000 I-45S, The Woodlands, TX 77384, followed by a service and funeral at St. Simon & Jude, 26777 Glen Loch Dr., Spring, TX 77381 on Tuesday September 18th, 2018 at 11:30am.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital .


  • Prayer Service Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018

Joseph Patrick Harper Sr.

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Margy and Todd Barnes

September 20, 2018

Our condolences to Heather and Scott and the Harper family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Candace Corley

September 17, 2018

Harper Family, I am sorry you're going through this difficult time, and I'm praying for peace for your Family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Bob Nelson

September 16, 2018

Joe ,
Is and will always a bright light in my life. I have been blessed by being taught by him and Texas Sterling Family. Truly a company blessed with talented people an most of all desire to excel .
His insight an guidance was instrumental an to visit with all three founders back in the day at Clayton’s was a special time.
Thank you joe Harper!
Bob Nelson

Richard Buenting

September 15, 2018

Joe was a dear friend and a mentor in business. He was first to show me that you can be kind and also tough in business. We went through many challenges together and he was always at my side.
I will miss him dearly.

Al Chandler

September 14, 2018

Joe, raised an amazing family, built an incredible business and had a multitude of friends. I think that sums up what a great guy should be and Joe truly was that. A great guy.

leonard CHERRY

September 14, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing as I send our condolences to the Family. Joe was a good man (which is the best compliment any of us can ever Hope for) and I miss our rowdy lunches and long evening discussions.