John William Harbin

Mr. John William Harbin, 86, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., he was the son of the late John W. and Bessie Travis Harbin. Reared in Tennessee, he served four years in the U. S. Navy. After the Navy and college, he served as a computer engineer for Univac and RCA and retired from the Harris Corporation. He volunteered as a coach for youth football, basketball, and baseball and spent time as a little league umpire.

For many years, he and his wife, Barbara, made their home in Palm Bay, Fla., where he delivered for the local Meals on Wheels program and was heavily involved with the St. Marks and Church of Our Savior Episcopal parishes. Moving to Amelia Island three and a half years ago, he had become a member of St. Peter’s Parish.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Harbin was predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Barbara, in 2012; a son, William; and a granddaughter, Kerry.

He leaves behind his children, Judy Lujan of Salem of Oregon, Kenny Harbin of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Jay Harbin of Amelia Island; four grandchildren, Josh, Eli, Jake, and Seth; and two great-grandchildren, Rianna and Cade.

Services for Mr. Harbin will be held at 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Reverend Stephen Mazingo, Rector, officiating. He will be laid to rest in his native Tennessee at a later date. 

The family asks donations be made in his memory to Joy to the Children at P.O. Box 16404 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 or at the organization’s website at

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