John Wilbur Harrington, 78, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on September 17, 2019, in Orange, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 23, 2019, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Stephanie Hughes and Mark Bunch. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 4, 1941, he was the son of Jess Rubert Harrington and Lillie Madie (Brannon) Harrington. John graduated from Bridge City High School and Lamar University. He had a Master’s Degree in Safety Ergonomics. He retired from BASF in 1997 after many years of loyal service. John was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church since August 1951. He attended The Emmaus Walk #9 and was a Lay Director on Walk #54.
John’s many interests included: gardening, fishing, dancing, traveling, prison ministry, helping at the homeless shelter, playing the stock market, going to garage sales, and spending time with his family. He built the first house that him and his wife, Faye, lived in. John loved to invest in people with his time, prayers, and money. He also loved music and going to Christian concerts. For a few years he was the booking agent for the Countrymen Gospel Quartet, and he was able to travel with them on a couple of their long trips. John enjoyed attending youth sporting events. He coached and touched many people’s lives. Many of those individuals grew up to continue his legacy. John was recently awarded Outstanding Supporter by the Bridge City Athletics Department.
He enjoyed being an entrepreneur. John once bought metal buildings with missing parts and put them together and sold them; he loved growing fruit trees and harvesting the fruit to make jelly; he bought fixer upper houses, remodeling them, and renting them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rubert and Madie Harrington; his brother, Jes Harrington; and his sister, Jenny Montgomery.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Faye Fournier Harrington of Bridge City; his children, John Jeffrey Harrington of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Jody Moore and husband Sam of Sulphur, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Logan Conner of Bridge City, Shandi Conner Hamilton and husband Derek of Bridge City, Hunter Keddy of Sulphur, and Charles Harrington of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and his great-grandchildren, Hudsyn Hamilton and Carston Hamilton, both of Bridge City.
Serving as pallbearers will be Logan Conner, Derek Hamilton, Sam Moore, Larry Gunter, Doug Havens, Joey Halliburton, Hunter Keddy, and David Harrington. Honorary pallbearers are Hudsyn Hamilton, Carston Hamilton, and Charles Harrington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1155 West Roundbunch, Bridge City, Texas 77611.