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Philip Harper

Philip Joseph Harper

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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Philip Joseph Harper, 88 of Gloucester, Virginia passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019. He was the son of Downing Cox Harper and Mary Harper Hargrove. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Lane Harper, and his siblings; Ann Milby, Thelma Wilson, Bertha Dixon, Downing Harper, and Thomas Fitchett.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Glorious Bristow Harper; sons, Joseph Harper, Downing Harper (Cheryl), and Raymond Harper (Teresa); his sister, Francis Carlton (Connie); 11 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren, and numerous others who have been welcomed into their loving home.

He was known as “Pop” and Poppa Cat” to many who knew and loved him. He was an inspiration to many, giving advice to those who ask, and always helping others.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal and was honorably discharged in 1953. He worked at several automotive dealerships as a mechanic until he settled at Whitmore Chevrolet for the remainder of his career. At age 55, he became a major part in his son’s racing career where he used his skills to contribute to several track championships. Philip loved to hunt, being outdoors, and enjoying all of nature which God had provided. Pop lived his life everyday by the word of God. He was an example to many and an inspiration to all who knew him. He served as an ordained elder at Gospel Lighthouse Worship Center.

The family would like to thank Riverside Gloucester Hospice; especially Tammi and Susanne for their wonderful care of our loved one.

The family will receive friends at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, Virginia on Tuesday, November 26 at from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday November 27th at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with interment to follow at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, Warner, Virginia.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel
    15 CF Edwards Ln
    SALUDA, VA 23149
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel
    15 CF Edwards Ln
    SALUDA, VA 23149
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  • Interment

    Forest Chapel United Methodist Church
    316 Forest Chapel Rd.
    SALUDA, VA 23149
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Susan Smith

Posted at 01:53pm
Condolences to the Family...You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susan Smith, Gloucester, VA

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Kendra Oliver Surber

Posted at 03:12pm
Wishing the Harper family comfort in this time of sorrow. With love and condolences,
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Tom and Robin Rose

Posted at 08:40pm
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Betty Jo Seal

Posted at 08:37pm
Condolences to all the family. I can say it is a privilege and an honor to have known the great man of God. To know his love for the Lord and his family was priceless. I can honestly say I don’t believe he had an enemy on this earth except the devil himself. Now he is at peace thank You Lord. I pray for continued peace and comfort to all that were a part of his life and especially his family. Brother Philip, you will be missed but most of all we will rejoice in knowing what the Bible says in Psalms116: 15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”
Now I pray for those left behind that they too will follow in the legacy that Brother Philip walked and left.

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