John C. Harlan, age 76, of Harlans Crossroads, passed away peacefully, surrounded by
his family, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at The Medical Center at Bowling Green.
John was born on July 12, 1945 to the late Ray and Della Mae Gillenwater Harlan and
was the youngest of their five children. He was a 1964 graduate of Tompkinsville High
John married his wife of 53 years, Janice Pitcock Harlan, on December 21, 1968. They
met while working at Key factory, and after a brief courtship, were married by Bro. Floyd
John and Janice settled down on a farm near Harlans Crossroads and raised three
children: Nathan Harlan; Joy Turner, wife of Brian Turner; and Sarah Alexander, wife of
Jarrod Alexander. John was a proud Grandpa to his five grandchildren: Kale Harlan,
Andrew Sewell, Ella Ree, Atlie Pearl, and Boyd Harlan.
John was a lifelong farmer, and for over 35 years he worked as a Supervisor at the
Tompkinsville Water Plant. He was a veteran, having served in the Army National
Guard from 1966-1972.
He was of the Baptist faith and attended Beautiful Home Missionary Baptist Church with
In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, he is survived by his sister Mary
Pearl Clements; his brother Veachel Harlan and wife Brenda; sister-in law Jeanette
Harlan; brother-in-law Larry Pitcock and wife Helena; and sister-in-law Vickie Bryant
and husband Terry; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Gene Harlan and Mack Harlan,
sister-in-law Jeanne Harlan, and brother-in-law Connie Mack Clements.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 pm at Yokley Trible Funeral
Home with Bro. Donald Taylor officiating, with burial to follow at Harlans Crossroads
Visitation is Saturday, April 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and Sunday April 17 from 9:00 am
until service time at Yokley Trible Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers are Nathan, Bobby, Tony, Chris, Brad, and Jason Harlan and
Larry Clements. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Harlans Crossroads Cemetery.
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