Johnnie Mack Harper

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Johnnie Mack Harper, born on Sept. 4, 1951, was welcomed Home by Jesus on Aug. 23, 2020, at the age of 68. He will fondly be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

John is the son of the late Inna Lillian Adams Harper and Willie James Harper. He graduated Bogalusa High School in 1969 and attended a computer/accounting program at Spencer Business College in Baton Rouge the following year. John later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal and certificate, the highest individual award that is presented to graduating recruits. This medal was awarded to only one recruit of the graduating companies in each training group whom exemplified the outstanding qualities of leadership that express the American Spirit — honor, loyalty, initiative, and high example to comrades-in-arms. In 1974, John was honorably discharged from the

U.S. Navy. In 1978, he began employment with General Motors and was appointed as Area Service Manager, with headquarters in Lafayette. On Aug. 18, 1995, John married Pauline Harper, whom he shared 24 years of cherished memories with. John later retired from General Motors, at which point he enjoyed the time to spend on his hobbies of cooking, hunting and fishing. John devoted most of his time to his loving family and was a member of Ben’s Ford Baptist Church in Bogalusa.

John is survived by his wife Pauline and his three loving daughters, Toshia (Todd) Card of Gainesville, Fla., Amber Harper Chauncey of Live Oak, Fla., and Nicole (Kevin) Harrison of Covington; two stepdaughters, Lisa (Ray) Gomez and Darlene Henderson, both of Slidell; 14 precious grandchildren, Lilly Claire Ingram, Nico Marrone, Dawson Tucker Card, Hayden Alexander Card, Brendan James Beck, Zachary Landon Harrison, Emma Claire Harrison, Ray Carlos Gomez, Christopher Miguel Gomez, Robert Quentin Gomez, Rafael Santana Gomez, Elizabeth Paige Fisher, Gavin Scott Pellissier and Austin David Pellissier; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Douglas Harper of Baton Rouge and Edwin Wesley Harper of Bogalusa; two sisters-in-law, Paula Harper of Bogalusa and Julie Harper; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation (adhering to social distancing guidelines) on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Audubon Funeral Home in Slidell. Funeral Services officiated by the Rev. Dr. Tobey Pitman will begin at 11 a.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Jude Children’s Hospital are requested in accordance with John’s wishes.

A private burial will take place at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery at a later date. The Harper Family expresses their sincere gratitude for all the thoughts, prayers, and support during this difficult time. Johnnie Mack will be truly missed but his memory will be ever present.

Memories and condolences may be expressed online at www.audubonfuneralhome.com.