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.