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December 10, 2013

Raymond Keith Harp

Raymond Keith Harp went to be with Jesus on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 65 years old. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesdayat the Johnson Church of God in Shawnee. He will be laid to rest in the Johnson Cemetery.  The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to receive friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Johnson Church of God. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home in Shawnee.

Keith was born on March 7, 1948, in Shawnee to Ralph Ray and Jacqueline Estelle (Wallace) Harp.  Five years later, he became a big brother to Kay Harp-Hall.  Keith grew up in the Johnson community of rural Shawnee where he attended the one-room Johnson Elementary School. He attended and graduated from Earlsboro High School in 1966. The highlight of his senior year of high school was falling in love with his sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Daugherty.  They were married on June 2, 1967, at the Johnson Church of God and they spent the next 46 years together.

After high school, Keith earned his associate’s degree from Connors State College and completed his bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from Oklahoma State University in May 1970.

He was the agriculture education teacher for six years at Dover High School and also at Moore High School for four years.  In 1980, he moved his family to Stillwater where he wrote curriculum and was an instructional specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

In 1986 he earned his master’s degree in agriculture education from Oklahoma State University and used his administration certification in various roles at Autry Technology Center, Guthrie Job Corps, Coyle Public School System and the Perkins-Tryon School System. He was proud to be an educator for more than 30 years and retired in 2001.

From their 46 year marriage came three daughters, Jana Marie Harp-Bradshaw, Tara Rae Harp-Brown, and Emily Sue Harp.

His girls were the light of his life and he spent countless hours helping them write and perform 4-H speeches, building pens for their show sheep, sitting in bleachers watching band concerts, teaching them how to throw a softball like a boy or teaching them how to check the oil on their cars.

He never got to raise a boy, but that all changed with grandchildren. Keith was blessed with two beautiful granddaughters and three ornery grandsons, all of which were his pride and joy.  He enjoyed his retirement traveling with Phyllis. Together, they road tripped across the United States, took an Alaskan cruise and traveled to London in 2000. But his most memorable road trips were watching his grandson play Eagles baseball all over Oklahoma for the past 10 years. He rarely missed a game.

Keith is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Ray Harp.  He is survived by his spouse, Phyllis Ann Daugherty-Harp, his mother, Jacqueline Estelle Wallace Harp, his sister, Kay Harp-Hall and her husband Don, his children Jana Marie Harp Bradshaw and her husband Kevin, Tara Rae Harp Brown and her husband Adam, and Emily Sue Harp.  He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Mitchell Bryan Bradshaw, Karsyn Marie Bradshaw, Harper Janiece Brown, Elijah Christopher Brown, and Samuel David Brown.


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