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OBIT: Mr. Wayne Harpe, Age 67, Of Defeated Creek

Mr. Wayne Harpe, of the Defeated Creek Community, died at 3:02 a.m. Thursday morning, August 10, 2017 at the Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville after a long battle with multiple health issues. He was 67.

Funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon, August 13 with Eld. Kevin Graham and Eld. Shawn Shepherd officiating. Burial followed the 3:00 p.m. service in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens with Eld. Chase Johnson officiating.

Born Thomas Wayne Harpe at the Carthage office of Dr. Thayer Wilson on January 17, 1950, he was one of two sons of the late Mack Sidney Harpe Jr. who died December 31, 1993 at the age of 74, and Martha Catherine Bratten Harpe who died July 13, 2011 at the age of 81.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Sidney Harpe, who died December 14, 2012 at the age of 57 as a result of cancer.

On August 20, 1967 at the Cornwells Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, he was united in marriage to Defeated Creek Community native the former Peggy Ann Swann by Eld. F.W. Lambert. Mr. Harpe and his wife had recently celebrated their upcoming fiftieth anniversary on Sunday August 6th just prior to his death on the 10th.

Mr. Harpe attended Smith County High School and was employed with the William L. Bonnell Company for 45 years before his retirement in 2015. There he made many life-long friends.

Some of his happiest times were spent with his family, spoiling his grandchildren, watching sporting events, and tending cattle and raising tobacco on his Friendship Hollow farm.

He was saved at the age of 17 and was a devoted member of the Cornwells Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he had served as Deacon since 1993.

Surviving in addition to his compassionate and loving wife of 50 years are his three devoted children, Michael Harpe & wife Lisa, Laurie Glover & husband Gary all of Gordonsville, Matthew Harpe & wife Nicole of New Middleton; mother-in-law, Movaline Swann of Carthage; seven grandchildren, LaShae & Shannon Harpe, Trevor, Peyton, & Connor Glover, Olivia & Mackenna Harpe; two great-grandchildren, Kiora Vann & Sage Harpe.

The Harpe family requests memorials to the Cornwell’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church or the Jordan Hackett Foundation.