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John Pope Harllee, IIIMay 8, 1942 ~ December 5, 2017 (age 75)
John Pope Harllee, III, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. He was born May 8, 1942, in Bradenton, Florida, to Sara Scott and J. P. Harllee, Jr.
John grew up in Palmetto, graduating from Palmetto High School in 1960. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1964, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and played varsity football. He graduated from the University of Florida Law School in 1967, receiving a J.D. degree.
He began his legal career in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1967; returning to Manatee County in 1968. At the time of his death, he was the senior partner of the law firm of Harllee and Bald, Bradenton, Florida.
John was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Florida in 1967, when he became a member of The Florida Bar.
He was subsequently admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.
John was a member of many professional associations, including: the Trial Lawyers, Real Property, and Probate and Trust Law sections of The Florida Bar; The Florida Bar Foundation; The Manatee County Bar Association; The Goodrich-Grimes Inn of the American Inns of Court; and The Florida Council of Property Tax Lawyers, Inc. (charter member and director).
He was a Past President of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, a past Board Member of the City of Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and a member of the Florida State University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors (1977-1984).
John represented Manatee County in the Florida House of Representatives from 1970 to 1975. While serving, he was a member of the Finance and Taxation Committee.
In 1997, John was honored by the local Inn of Court for his “outstanding contributions to legal excellence, civility, and professionalism.”
For more than 30 years, John has been the recipient of an “AV” rating, which is the highest rating given to attorneys by Martindale Hubbell (a prominent rating service for lawyers in the United States}, based upon legal ability and ethical standards.
In 1964, John married Kay Carson, and they raised their three children, John IV, Ashley, and Alex, in Bradenton. John enjoyed hunting and fishing, but, most of all, being with his family. In recent years he especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Anne. Survivors include his wife, Kay; son, John IV and his wife, Michelle; daughter Ashley; son Alex and his wife, Karen; five grandchildren, Parker, Preston, Riley, Mattison, and Emma; and sister, Alice Boylston and her husband, Robert.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, Florida, on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to Seasons of Sharing Manatee County, c/o Community Foundation of Sarasota, 265 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida 34237 or Christ Episcopal Church – Food Pantry, 4030 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205.
Seasons of Sharing Manatee County c/o Community Foundation of Sarasota
265 Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 34237
Christ Episcopal Church - Food Pantry
4030 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34205