It is with great sadness that the family of John Smith Harlow Jr. announces his passing at the age of 72. He was at home surrounded by his daughters as he went to be with Jesus on December 7, 2021.

He was born January 10, 1949, in Norfolk Va. His parents were the late John Harlow and Uldine “Denie” Biondino.

John took great pride in taking care of his family. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver with Yellow Freight. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, trips to the beach, being a Papa and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sylvia Harlow. She was the love of his life, and they are now together again.

He is survived by daughters, Kristine Drake (Johnny) and Angie Roedel; grandchildren, Aaron Drake, Hannah Drake, Chance Roedel, Emma Roedel, and Ally Roedel; sisters, Gloria Jean Stellwag and Carol Ann Holden; stepdad, Nick Biondino; brother-in-law, Robert Beasley (Susie); and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.

The family will celebrate his life with a gathering of family and friends on December 18, 2021.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Hospice of Lake Norman for the care, support and kindness they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street, Davidson, NC 28036.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Harlow family. Condolences may be sent to the family at