Rev. William Harp

Submitted by Ron Sullivan

The Rev. William Harp, 85 years old, veteran Methodist preacher of Oklahoma, died Monday at 4:10 a.m. at the home of his son, Ben Harp of Celina, Where he had been ill for the past two weeks.  Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist Church of Celina Tuesday, at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. W. C. Clement and interment will be in the Old Celina Cemetery.  Dannel Scott Funeral Home of Sherman is in charge of arrangements.
The Rev. Mr. Harp was born in Sebastian County, Ark. Aug. 29, 1828, the son of Martin Marion Harp and Sarah Ann Bloodworth Harp, with his parents he moved in 1864 to a farm near Springfield Mo. Later he moved to Oklahoma, then known as Indian Territory.
On Dec 11, 1867, he married Miss Nancy Allison, who died in 1884.  He then married Miss Betty Dillorth of Arkansas on Dec. 21, 1884.
The Rev. Harp began his preaching career in the protestant Methodist Church near Paul’s Valley, Okla. in 1896 at the death of his second wife at Oilton, Ok. On Jan 29, 1931, the preacher came to Sherman TX to reside with his son, Harry Harp, but had been at home with another son, Ben Harp, at Celina TX, since October, 1932.
Surviving are three sons, Charles H. Harp of Norman, OK., Harry Harp of Sherman and Ben Harp of Celina TX, two daughter Mrs. R. H. Mitchell of Childress and Mrs. J. A. Meeks of Tuttle, OK., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Armour of Oilton, Oklahoma.