Joshua Wade Harper



(The following information was submitted as a paid obituary.)



July 17, 1992 - May 8, 2013

Joshua Wade Harper was born on July 17, 1992 in Hillsborough County, Florida to Ivan and Diana Morales. They loved their son so much but due to unfortunate circumstances, they had to give him up for adoption.

God had chosen a very special couple, Jay and Robin Harper, to adopt Joshua.  God knew that Jay and Robin both so desperately longed for a child of their own because they could not conceive a child. God knew that Joshua would be the perfect son for them and he even added in a bonus. He also gave them his brother, Christopher Jay Harper.

God introduced the boys to their new family at Harper ISD where Jay worked as an Assistant Principal at the time and Robin worked as a First Grade Teacher. Jay and Robin fell madly in love with the boys who were placed with them in March of 2000 and were adopted on Nov. 17, 2000.

A beautiful family had just begun. Josh had written in his Fourth Grade Journal that the best day of his life was when he got adopted. 

Joshua attended school at Harper ISD and was so proud of his school and community. He was involved in various activities throughout his childhood and school years.

Josh was involved in Little League Baseball, Flag Football, Little Dribblers, and 4-H. As he got older he was a member of Harper FFA, a Harper Fighting Longhorn on the Longhorn Football Team, Basketball Team, Track Team, and was on the first ever Harper Longhorn Baseball Team. He was also a member of the “Best Little Band in Texas”, The Mighty Harper Longhorn Band.

He loved being a part of the Longhorn Family at Harper ISD. He was also in National Junior Honor Society and was so proud of that honor. He graduated from Harper High School in 2010.

He attended some ACC courses while in high school and then went on briefly to Angelo State University.

He was recently employed by Perkins Electric, and adored the owners Troy and Juanita Perkins. He grew to love their entire family with all of his heart. He dreamed of one day owning his own Electric Company and loved his job with Troy. He looked up to and admired Troy very much. He said that was the best job he had ever had in his entire life.

Joshua had a huge heart. He loved his biological family as well as his adoptive family with all of his heart. I will miss hearing him tell us he loves us because Josh told us every night no matter what. When it was time for bed, it was time for our family to know that we love each other as we slumbered in the night.

Joshua not only loved his family and extended family, he loved his friends and neighbors, too. There is nothing that Josh wasn’t willing to help out with. In fact, he loved others so much that he had once shared that he did not want others to have to experience some of the challenges that he had faced. He said, in fact, that he wanted to help them overcome their own struggles and addictions. 

Josh was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church; however, he also considered St. Anthony’s Catholic Church as home as well. He said it was very important for him to go to church to help keep him strong. He loved the Lord our God and Jesus Christ with all of his heart and soul.

One of the happiest times of his life was when he became a member of the St. Mary’s ACTS Community. He was so excited when he was asked to be on the upcoming Men’s team. He loved his ACTS brothers with all of his heart. 

Jesus decided that on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, that Josh was needed more in Heaven than on Earth with Him. He knew that Josh was weary from the battle he had been fighting here on this Earth. He lovingly took Josh and held him in the Palm of His hand and led him home. He did not want our precious boy to hurt anymore.

Josh recently shared a very special verse with his Aunt Sheley and she passed it on to me.  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”  2 Corinthians 4:18-20.

Little did he know, that our Jesus was going to let him sacrifice his life, in order to help save others.

We know that Josh wants everyone out there to stand strong against all evil out there in our world. He wants those of us that are strong enough to overcome evil to help those that are not as strong.

Baby Boy we are going to continue your fight against evil here on Earth. Please help us from heaven and thank you for your sacrifice for others. You have most definitely gotten your point across and know your hand will be helping us from Heaven.

Josh is survived by his biological father, Ivan Morales of Florida; adoptive parents, Jay and Robin Harper of Harper; seven brothers and sisters, Felicia Allen of San Antonio, Amanda Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, Chris Harper, Jayci Harper, Ricky Harper, Annie Harper and Alex Harper of Harper. 

He is also survived by his grandparents, Mel and Sandy Allen of Georgia, Bobby and Sharon Wienecke of Harper, Cecil and Elicia Harper of San Angelo; great-grandparents, Joe and Vivian Hughes of New Mexico, as well as one niece, Estrella Allen of San Antonio. 

He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins and friends who loved him very much and will all miss him dearly. 

He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Diana Morales.

A Memorial Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Enda McKenna officiating, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 with a reception for family and friends immediately following. The family requested a private burial.

Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Harper, Bobby Wienecke, Ronnie Doggett, Bruce Myrick, Colton Doggett, Chad Smith, Layne Smith, Chris Harper, Ricky Harper, Alex Harper, Jimmy Harper and Wade Boone.   

We would like to thank Schaetter Funeral Home, Father Enda McKenna, Deacon Pat Klein, Wade Boone, Susan Boone, Richard Rangel, Joann Rangel, Chris Stevenson, Tricia Eilers, St. Mary’s ACTS Choir and Mary Ann Murchison for helping us with the memorial arrangements, visitation, memorial service and for being there with us 24/7 through this tragedy.   

We would also like to thank Pastor Will Biggott, Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital ER staff, Rick and Sandra Brodbeck, our community, our family, and our friends who we consider our family for all of your support during this tragic time. 

Sweet Jesus take good care of Joshua. We know you will, you loaned him to us for such a short while and we are grateful for all of the joy that you have brought to our lives. Those of us left behind will fight the evils in this world and reach out to others because “… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”   Philippians 4:13

Memorial contributions may be made to Harper ISD Library, St. Mary’s Parish Capital Campaign, or a charity of your choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.

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