Bobby A. Harp

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 A remembrance service for Bobby A. Harp, 73, of Wylie, was held May 15, 2012, at the Lone Oak Civic Center.

Mr. Harp died suddenly at his home in Wylie on May 10, 2012.

He was born at home in what is now Lake Tawakoni on Nov. 9, 1938.  Most of his early childhood and youth were spent on the Merritt Ranch where his father was employed and which is located between Lone Oak and Quinlan.  He attended school in Quinlan and Lone Oak and graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1957, where he had been a very popular student and an outstanding athlete in track, basketball and football. All his life, Mr. Harp maintained a close relationship with Lone Oak because of his happy experience there as a young man and the many people who showed him such kindness and generosity.  He later attended East Texas State University in Commerce.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years, most of the time on the Korean Peninsula where he was chosen to be a member of the elite international honor guard.  He was also a starring member of the Army’s International Asian Basketball Team during this time.

He began his civilian career as a radio personality in Bonham and later was a successful salesman for Ligget-Myers. After he returned from Army service, he was employed by Texas Instruments until he retired and where he rose to be a member of the laboratory team at TI which grew some of the first gallium arsenide crystals commercially.

Mr. Harp had a great gift for making long-lasting friends, and these many people were an important part of his life and many of whom shared his great passion for golf.

Survivors include two sisters, Bettye J. Powell and her husband James and Lee Mellor and her husband John; two brothers, Kenneth G. Harp and his wife Barbara and Stephen D. Harp and his wife Debbie; nieces, Betsy Lynn Powell, Rebecca Bates, Vicky Kay Flinn, Patty Little; nephews, Jimmy, Richard, Robin and Russel Powell and Kenneth, Bobby and Guy Harp; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was beloved by all his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Guy and Cordy Mae Harp; and by his niece, Deborah Powell Pyles.

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