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“Uncle Joe was my favorite uncle. He was my John Wayne of life. Bigger than life to me as a child when me and my brother would stay at the farm during...Read More »
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Joseph Ellsworth Harlan, Sr., 87, of Darlington, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Darlington, SC. He was born June 3, 1925 in Lawrence County, PA to the late David Milton and Florence Aiken Harlan.
Mr. Harlan was a member of the 90th Infantry Division "Tough Hombres". He participated in the D Day Invasion of Normandy, the Liberation of a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, WWII, and was part of the 229th PA National Guard when he was called out for the Korean Conflict. Joe's true passion and love were his family and his farm. He worked as a gang leader in utility services for Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania for 39 years, but was a life long farmer. Joe was a member of Bethea Baptist Retirement Community for the past 8 years, and was a member of Bethea Baptist Church. He also was a previous member of Epworth United Methodist Church in New Castle, PA. He will be remembered by his grandchildren for his farm, John Deere tractors, cows and his love for his land and family.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Louise Fisher.
Survivors include: wife - Mary Alice Martin Harlan of Darlington, SC; sons - Dr. Joseph (Becky) Harlan Jr. of Florence, SC and David (Linda) Harlan of Bucksport, ME; sister - Ethel Houge of Lawrence County, PA; brothers - Arthur (Tootie) Harlan and Lloyd (Charlotte) Harlan both of New Castle, PA; brother-in-law - Richard Fisher of Portersville, PA; grandchildren - Elizabth, Ben, Andrew, Sarah, Daniel and Kathryn; great-grandchild - Piper; and best friend and fellow farmer - R.L. Huggins of Darlington, SC.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, December 3, 2012, at Bethea Baptist Church located at Bethea Baptist Retirement Community. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 pm-2:00 pm at Bethea Baptist Church and again after the memorial service. Inurnment will be held at the Central United Methodist Church Columbarium at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethea Baptist Church, 157 Home Avenue, Darlington, SC 29532.