Joe Richard Harber

10/10/1927 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 12/30/2019
Time: 1:00 pm
 – 2:00 pm


Joe Richard Harber passed away on December 20, 2019. We will celebrate his life of 92 years at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Sunset Church of Christ. Family and friends may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the space provided below the obituary.

Joe was born on October 10, 1927, to Greenie and Pauline Harber in Abilene, TX. Joe married Christine Hammers the love of his life on October 10, 1946, in Baird, Texas. Joe graduated from Abilene High School and then joined the Navy and was Yeoman 3rd Class, 1946 – 47, Submarine division. He worked for the Post Office in Abilene and later moved to Odessa working for General Tire and Rubber, he then moved to Lubbock and graduated from Sunset School of Preaching. He preached in Sundown, Big Spring, Seminole, Pecos, Colorado and held many meetings in and around West Texas. He officiated weddings for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. On his 90th birthday Joe held church services for 45 of his children and preached the word for 5 generations of family members. Joe was not only a fisherman of men but he loved to fish and tell jokes. He had a never ending love affair with Christine for 73 years. He was so proud of her that everywhere he went he would show people his pictures of them at their wedding. Still today in the bank, gas station, grocery store or wherever they still tell us about him showing that picture. He was loved more than words can express by his 3 daughters, they all said they had the most magical childhood.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Harber; daughter, Pennie Roberts and husband Don of Lubbock; Son-in-law Bill Whatley of Abilene; seven grandchildren, Ric Whatley (Rhonda), Tom White (Lorie), David Pinkstaff (Brendi), Elizabeth Brinkley (John), Jason Whatley (Kim), Shana Holmes, Cole Roberts (Shauna), and Ashleigh Paulk (Glendon); 22 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Don Harber (Julie) of Graham. He is also survived by his dog Sparky who never left his side until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Sandy (San) Whatley (Oct.2019), and Debbie (Deb) Watson (June 2019) and husband Lenard (Sept.2019); brother, Dick Harber; sister, Margaret Stovall; and two grandchildren, Christy and Robbie White.

A heartfelt thank you to every caregiver that touched his life over the past 8 months. We were blessed that he knew us to the end even though he might be delivering mail or going on a welding job or at the Navy recruiting office. We are heartbroken and already miss him so much but we can only imagine the joyous reunion he had with San and Deb and all his other loved ones.

Together Forever is what he always wrote on his letters to Christine, intertwining the letters in a cross, as my Mom leaned down and whispered I love you, together forever he took his last breath, we know that is still the case in our hearts and one day in eternity.

I love you Daddy, Pen


The family has designated Sunset School of Preaching 3723 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410  for memorial contributions donated in his memory.


11 thoughts on “Joe Richard Harber”

  1. Daddy I miss you so much. Comfort Mama she is so very sad without you. You were the best. Yesterday Mama said they threw away the mold when they made him. We love you. Pen

  2. You will be deeply missed Uncle Joe!!! Your jokes and stories were always a hit at every gathering. We are all sad that you are gone but I’m sure that Homer, Beth and the rest are happy to have you. Your kind soul is irreplaceable…

  3. Thoughts and prayers for you Pen and the family. He was a wonderful man. A special daddy to you. Love you sweet girl!!??. Cathy Ivy Cates

  4. Cindy Roberts Brewer

    Pennie and family, Sending my love and prayers to you and your family during this time of great loss.
    Cindy Roberts Brewer

  5. Penny,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this hard time in your life. You have been through a lot this year. I’m praying for peace and comfort at this time.
    Love you,
    Barbara Whitley

  6. My sweet greatgrand papa, I am so thankful for the time I was blessed to have with you. I pray the Lord stands beside you all in this time of hurt.


  7. Mr. Joe was a very special man who touched the lives of so many. He always kept everyone laughing. He will be missed.

  8. Frana & Ron Bartley

    Beautiful memorial video put together for Mr. Harber. What a wonderful journey in life he had. Rest In Peace Sir.
    Your sweet Christine & Pennie miss you so but know they will see you again one fine day.
    Sincere sympathy your friends ,
    Frana & Ron Bartley
    Dec. 2019

  9. What a beautiful tribute to such a great man. He inspired so much love and kindness. I am so thankful for the memories shared and blessed to have had him as a great granddad. His welcoming and loving nature always made me feel so warm. He will be truly missed but always in our hearts.

    Hoping for peace and comfort~

  10. James Whitefield

    Joe, I was a member of your family for an amazingly short time, but during that time you and Christine provided such wonderful help and support for a very fragile situation. I will always remember Thanksgiving of 1971. Deb, David, and I traveled to Abilene in a car that should never have left the Odessa city limits. We had a blowout on our way there, then blew out the spare before we even reached Sweetwater on the way home. Naturally, you came to our rescue, bought at least one tire, and we made it home safely. And that’s just one example of the way you cared for us, always. Hopefully, if you haven’t already, you will soon be meeting Leo Prater, who became my next father-in-law/guardian angel a few after you. You two can swap stories up there that I’m not sure I want told down here. I thank God for you both, and for the grace He showed toward me by putting you in my life!

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