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James Everett Harp

September 23, 1962 ~ April 20, 2020 (age 57)


James Everett Harp, 58, went home to heaven at 12:42 the morning of Monday, April 20, 2020 following a long battle with COPD. On Sunday, he enjoyed a peaceful and happy day with his wife, sweetheart and best friend Tracy at their home in Plant City, FL.

Jim was born September 23, 1962, the 11th child to the family of Robert Dewey and Ruby Ann (Hall/Poe) Harp. He was the first of four born to weave the two broken groups into one united, close-knit family. With that many siblings there was always a playmate and an adventure to be had on their farm just outside of Denver, IN. As Jim was the spitting image of his daddy, he was given the nickname Jim Bob, which many of us continue to use today.

Jim graduated in 1981 from North Miami High School where he excelled as a natural athlete. He spent many, many hours on the court and in the field- the boy could handle a basketball like few others and was one of the best shortstops around!

On May 25, 1985, he married his sweetheart Tracy Dilts. Their love for each other has grown to inseparable, best friend status. You cannot mention one without thinking of the other. They have a son, Jimmy (Kaitlyn) Peru, IN and a granddaughter Peyton, 16 months.

The couple moved to Florida in 2009 where Jim worked with his father-in-law and enjoyed the Florida sunshine.

Jim is survived by his father-in-law David Dilts, ten siblings: Bill (Karen) Poe, Christine Strong, DeeAnn Biddle, Tom (Carol) Harp, Jack (Diane) Poe, Joyce (Ron) McKinney, Pete (Donna) Poe, Rochelle (Rick) Martin, John (Rhonda) Harp, Matt (Kim) Harp; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Roxy Dilts, and brothers Jerry Poe, David Harp, Kenny Harp.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 25, in Plant City.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

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