HARR, JAMES WILLARD "WILL" - Sullivan County, Tennessee | JAMES WILLARD "WILL" HARR - Tennessee Gravestone Photos

James Willard "Will" HARR

Blountville Cemetery
Sullivan County,

Jerrie December 7, 1935 - March 15, 2017
James June 6, 1932 - March 9, 2019

Jerrie's obituary

CENTREVILLE - Mrs. Jerrie Rutter Harr, 81, of Centreville, Md., wife of James Willard (Will) Harr, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Dec. 7, 1935, in Bristol, Va., the daughter of James and Frances Rutter.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her stepmother, Mae Rutter; and brothers-in-law, C.D. Harr, Jerry Harr, Grove Winegar and Fred Wagner.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James Willard (Will) Harr of Centreville; her sister, Joan Michaels (Mike) of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; her stepsister, Annah Courts (Mark) of Knoxville, Tenn.; three daughters, Denise Wolfe (Phillip) of Warwick, R.I., Cynthia Harr Beville (Earl) of Grasonville, Md., Regina Ellick (Niel) of Stevensville, Md.; six grandchildren, Staci O'Neill (Conor) of Manassas, Va., Amanda Stokes (Joe) of Stevensville, Md., Brandon Drabczyk (Lindsey) of Pasadena, Md., Robert Knotts (Crystal) of Centreville, Md., Kara Drabczyk of Grasonville, Md., Michael Wolfe of Annapolis, Md.; eight great-grandchildren; special cousins, James B. Loggins of Crofton, Md., Tammye Keola and Justin Mahon of Davidsonville, Md.; also survived by sisters-in-law, Dorothy Harr, Lucille Winegar, Sue Wagner, Rebecca Harr, Ann Mays (Charles); brothers-in-law, Herman Harr (Betty), Wayne Harr (Vivian) of Blountville, Tenn., Dale Harr (Virginia) of Kingsport, Tenn.; as well as many very special nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends and neighbors.
Jerrie and Will moved to Maryland in early 1959; Jerrie stayed at home raising their three daughters, and was an exceptional homemaker, mother and wife. As her daughters grew older, she began a career as a dental assistant and dental office manager until retiring to Centreville, Md. In the early 1990s, Jerrie and Will built their dream home and enjoyed many years of traveling, gardening and spending time with their beloved family.
She loved warm weather, vacationing in Aruba, swimming in her pool and had an outstanding aptitude for growing plants. She took great care to create a warm and beautiful home for her family. Above all, she loved her family and they loved her. She was a devoted member of the Centreville United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at the Centreville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7. Internment will take place in Blountville, Tenn., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD 21617, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (donors@stjudes.org).
Special thanks to Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, Md.

James' obituary

CENTREVILLE - James Willard "Will" Harr, 86, of Centreville, MD, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, March 9, 2019, after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on June 6, 1932, in Blountville, Tennessee, the son of Earl Clarence and Ella Cynthia Harr. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jerrie Rutter Harr; brothers: C.D. Harr, Herman Harr, Dale Harr, Jerry Harr; two brothers-in-law: Grove Winegar, Fred Wagner; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Harr.
He is survived by his three daughters: Denise (Phillip) Wolfe, of Warwick, Rhode Island; Cynthia (Earl) Beville, of Grasonville, MD; Regina (Niel) Ellick, of Stevensville, MD; six grandchildren: Staci O'Neill, of Manassas, Virginia; Amanda (Joe) Stokes, of Stevensville, MD; Brandon (Lindsey) Drabczyk, of Pasadena, MD; Robert (Crystal) Knotts, of Queenstown, MD; Kara Drabczyk, of Grasonville, MD; Michael (Mary) Wolfe, of Pasadena, MD; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters: Lucille Winegar, Sue Wagner, Ann (Charles) Mays, all of Bountville, Tennessee; brother, Wayne (Vivian) Harr, of Blountville, Tennessee; sisters-in-law: Betty Harr, Rebecca Harr, both of Blountville, Tennessee; Joan (Mike) Michaels, of Chesapeake Beach, MD; Virginia Harr, of Kingsport, Tennessee; as well as many very special relatives and wonderful friends and neighbors.
Will graduated from East Tennessee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1954. He then went on to obtain his Masters of Teaching Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964. After moving to Maryland, he completed additional graduate work at the University of Maryland and Loyola College. He taught Chemistry and Physics in Prince George's County, MD, at Frederick Sasser and High Point high schools. Will was very active in the scientific community, and was especially involved in organizations that promoted science in education. He became Assistant Science Supervisor of Prince George's County Schools, working under Dr. Howard B. Owens. Upon the death of Dr. Owens, Will became Acting Science Supervisor of Prince George's County Schools. During this time, he helped establish the Howard B. Owens Science Center. Later, he served on the board of managers as a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences and became President of the Maryland Science Supervisors Association.
Will became Science Supervisor for Charles County public schools in 1974. Along with a number of wonderful and dedicated teachers and administrators, he founded and developed the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center. He was the Director of the Prince George's Area and Charles County science fairs for over 20 years. He served as both President and Secretary of the Joint Board on Science and Engineering Education of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia, promoting science education. Among many honors and accomplishments, Will was awarded as an outstanding science supervisory by the Maryland Science Teachers and Supervisors.
Will and Jerrie retired in the early 1990s to a small farm in Centreville, MD, where they built their dream home. He enjoyed many years of traveling, gardening, carving wooden waterfowl and songbirds, and spending time with his friends and family.
Will was a devout Christian. He served as an elder on the board of session at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lanham, MD. Later, he was a member of the Board of Trustees at the Centreville United Methodist Church for over 10 years. He loved his church family, describing them as having the two most important qualities of any group of Christian people: friendliness and love.
Throughout his life, Will maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the hearts of many. He inspired those who knew him with his nurturing love and constant faith, and continues to inspire others even now. His joyfulness and kindheartedness, shown through his contagious smile, will never be forgotten. His faith in God led him to live a humble life and to show love, understanding, and forgiveness to everyone no matter their circumstances or shortcomings. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, and most of all by his loving family.
A memorial service will be held at the Centreville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5. Internment will take place in Blountville, Tennessee, at a later date.

Contributed on 3/17/21

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Submitted: 3/17/21 • Approved: 3/19/21 • Last Updated: 3/22/21 • R219381-G219379-S3

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