(LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga.) The funeral for James J. "Jack" Harlin, 88, of Lithia Springs, Ga., will be Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Freedom Harbor Church, Roanoke, with Bro. Larry McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow at Highway Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to services on Friday.
Mr. Harlin passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, at WellStar Tranquility of Cobb County in Austell, Ga.
Born in Roanoke to James Allen and Mary Etta Harlin on Feb. 21, 1933, Mr. Harlin served in the U.S. Army in Korea for two years, then moved to Atlanta in his 20s to work at Lockheed Martin. Upon retiring as a machinist after 43 years, he was honored in what many declared to be the most well attended voluntary celebration for a retiree they had ever seen. Esteemed by his coworkers, "Jack" also received lavish praise from his employers for his diligence, ability to get along with everyone, and for never having been late to work. Jack attended St. John Vianney Church and was a faithful Christian. He led with his heart, always seeing the good in others, always showing patience and kindness and always thinking of his family first. His understated sense of humor ranged from silly to poignant, but he always had a way to make those around him smile or laugh. Jack was a huge college football fan, especially the SEC, a talented water skier and a gifted basketball player, who led Woodland High School to the championship game. He loved the open road, becoming part owner of a trucking company while employed full time, then driving wherever a freelance job would take him after his retirement. He also had a particular fondness for sweets, particularly his wife's cookies and cakes. Perhaps this fondness inspired the response to his grandchildren whenever they asked how he was doing, "Fine and dandy, just like candy." He eschewed the spotlight, instead always making his family the center of his world. James Jasper Harlin was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend.
Survivors include his wife, Bertha Harlin; son, Terry James Harlin (fiancŽ, Debra Lyn Hennesy) of Castle Rock, Colo.; two grandchildren, Natasha Harlin and Nicholas Harlin; and two step-grandchildren, Amy Velez and Dylan Mundt. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Julia "Dolly" Butler, Shelly Harlin, Robert O. Harlin, J.D. Harlin, Paul Cantrell, Ruby Bowen, Burlis Cantrell, Christine Laney, Elmer Ray Harlin, Rodolph Harlin, Myrtie McDaniel, Helen Cline and R.Z. Harlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be expressed at www.quattlebaumfuneralhome.com.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.