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Ann Harp

Service: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home, with private burial at Shaddox Cemetery; Visitation: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the funeral home. 

Ann Estelle Harp, age 82, of Harrison, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28 (2020) at Hillcrest Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Ann was born Jan. 11, 1938,  the daughter of the late Jess F. Watkins Sr. and Enid Ruble-Watkins.  She married the love of her life, Harlin “Red” Harp, on Feb. 5, 1955. They celebrated 48 years of marriage before Red’s death in 2003. 

Mrs. Harp is survived by her sons, Dale (Lindsay) Harp, Jim (Pam) Harp, and Craig (Christy) Harp; daughters, Teresa (Mitch) Magness and Tracy (Jim Morris) Jones; grandchildren, Amy (Justin) Webb and sons Justin and Alex, Dr. Nicki (Michael) Ames and son Sawyer and baby due in January, Daniel Harp, TJ (Nicole) Clark and their children Lydea, Chase and Kolby, Cortney (Derek) White and their children Preslee, Cora and Maverick, Emily (Roy) Norton and daughter Elizabeth, Regan Harp, Beth Lee and her children Harley, Kaden and Hicks, Josh (Whitney) Magness and their children Jax, Aiden, Aiyanna, Lex and baby due in February, Jared (Breana Jones) Magness, Katy (Jake) Thornton and son Rayden, Karalee Jones and daughter Oaklee, Brent (Michelle) Morris and their children Tamara, Brody and Mya, and Clint Morris (Tiffany Limperis) and their children Tia, Rowland, Eli, Jesse, Kyler, Ryeland, and Raylann; and by two special people very dear to her heart, Kathy Egan and Randy Jones.

She is also survived by her sister, Henrietta Watkins Graham; sister-in-law, Shirley Watkins; brothers-in-law, GB (Debbie) Harp and Dwain (Pat) Harp; sister-in-law, Jackie (Gordon) Starkey; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of dear friends that she truly loved. 

Ann was preceded in death by her stepdad, Charlie Klutts; in-laws, Hulin and Sybil Harp; one brother, Jess “Sonny” Watkins; a half-brother, Verlin Watkins; three half sisters, Myrtle Watkins-Blankenship, Margie Watkins-Haywood and Ilda Watkins-Morton; brother-in-law, Donald Graham; and great-grandsons, Corbin Clark and Tate Thornton

Ann was a member of Shiloh Baptist and was a lifelong resident of Boone County. She managed to find time to work several jobs over the years, such as Country Classics and Guys & Dolls, all while raising her very busy family. Along with her husband, she chased the kids and grandkids all over the state watching them play sports. Red and Ann were great supporters of Harrison Goblin football and basketball teams and were long time active members of the Harrison Booster Club. Ann was known for her outstanding work in Goblin hospitality rooms earning her a place in the Goblin Hall of Fame. She was avid Arkansas Razorback fan. Some of her happiest times were going on countless beach vacations,  camping and canoe trips with family and friends or just having everyone at the house. 

Grams touched so many lives over the years. She loved having her get-togethers, especially those that included playing card games that could get very competitive and could possible end up in one of the notorious water or food fight. Ann enjoyed feeding her large family and no friend or stranger was ever turned away from her table. She always made sure that a child never went hungry. The friendships she cherished,  the kids she has mothered, and the players she has cheered, she loved you all. Many only knew her as Grams and that was her pride and joy, being Grams. The laughter she has created over the years and the love she always gave was her gift to all that knew her. 

Heartfelt thanks to Drs Blake and Amanda Chitsey and the Terra Vista household staff at Hillcrest Home.  Your loving care of our Grams will forever be appreciated. 

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home with grandsons Jake Thornton and Josh Magness officiating. Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be private in Shaddox Cemetery at a later date. 

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Roller-Christeson Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.