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Peter Jacob Harbert
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Wofford College Campus Ministry
    429 N. Church Street
    Spartanburg, SC 29303
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Citadel Square Baptist Church
    328 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one. ”
1 of 76 | Posted by: A D

“Dear Harbert FamilyConnie, Ronnie, Rebecca, Emily-- My words are not adequate to express the sorrow I feel for your loss. I was heartbroken when I...Read More »
2 of 76 | Posted by: Janet Weathers - Charleston, SC

“I will miss you so much and our walks in big pine key. It was my pleasure to spend time with such an amazing young man. Rest In Peace my friend. ”
3 of 76 | Posted by: Theresa Fouts - Venice, FL

“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you. ”
4 of 76 | Posted by: K S

“I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for comfort and peace for your family. I will remember Peter fondly, especially his sense of humor. I love...Read More »
5 of 76 | Posted by: Jim Bogstad - Bowman, SC - friend

“Dear Connie, Ronnie and family,I am so very sorry for your loss. Peter was such an incredibly sweet and talented young man! I have such fond...Read More »
6 of 76 | Posted by: Sheena Janse - James Island, SC

“Ronnie and Connie I am so sorry to here of the loss of Peter. I remember Peter as a young boy accompanying me and his Grandmother on events at church...Read More »
7 of 76 | Posted by: Myrtis Workman - James Island, SC

“Connie, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. May God hold you in His hands and heal you. ...Read More »
8 of 76 | Posted by: Gué Meyer - Charleston, SC

“I am so heartbroken to hear the news of Peter's passing. I had the absolute pleasure and joy of teaching him in the FOJO Band for just one year. He...Read More »
9 of 76 | Posted by: Emily Wilkinson - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I did not have the privilege of knowing your son, but I am a Wofford parent and wanted to express my condolences to you. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 76 | Posted by: Maria Horner - Chapin, SC

“Ronnie and family sorry to hear the passing of your son. Prayers for you and your family. ”
11 of 76 | Posted by: Martha Todd - Summerville, SC

“My daughter, Deanna, was good friends with Peter since her freshman year at Wofford. My son, Jordan pledged Kappa Sigma with Peter. They thought...Read More »
12 of 76 | Posted by: Susan Thomas - Boiling Springs, SC

“My deepestSympathy for your lossu ”
13 of 76 | Posted by: Bud Laws - Myrtle. Beach, SC

“I am just heartbroken about this precious young man gone too soon. I taught Peter in 4th grade and he will always stand out in my mind for being...Read More »
14 of 76 | Posted by: Candice Brown - Johns Island, SC

“Dearest Ronnie Connie and family,my heart goes out to you in prayers at this sad time in your lives! Love Leita and Phillip ”
15 of 76 | Posted by: Leita and Phillip Shroyer - SC

“As one of the school counselors that work with Rebecca, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Rebecca and the family.This will be a hard...Read More »
16 of 76 | Posted by: carolyn smith - columbia, SC

“Ronnie, Connie, and Family,There are no words that can even begin to express how sorry we are for this incredible loss. Our hearts are absolutely...Read More »
17 of 76 | Posted by: Doug Clarkson - Lexington, SC

“Connie, My heart breaks for you.. sending my deepest condolences with love and light. I will be thinking about you and your family. xoGrace ”
18 of 76 | Posted by: Grace Collins - friend

“Dear Connie, Ronnie, Rebecca and Emily - Our hearts are broken over the loss of Peter. We will always have fond memories of his performances in the...Read More »
19 of 76 | Posted by: Elisha Clyburn - James Island, SC

“Our hearts were broken when we heard about the loss of Peter. Our family has such fond memories of Peter in grade/middle school, coming over to play,...Read More »
20 of 76 | Posted by: The Nowling Family - Charleston, SC

“Ronnie,Connie, and familySo sorry to hear about your son. May God be with all of you doing this time. Our prayers are with all of you, and if there...Read More »
21 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“We are very saddened by this news about Peter. I cannot think of bearing the loss of a child. He was a fineyoung man and any parent would be proud...Read More »
22 of 76 | Posted by: Frank and Cindy Hooker - FL

“Peter was a wonderful friend to our daughter, Sarah Girardot, Wofford '18. Though we met Peter just a few times at Wofford functions, Sarah would...Read More »
23 of 76 | Posted by: Joseph and Theresa Girardot - CT

“My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love and prayers. ”
24 of 76 | Posted by: Judy Hilton-Metts - Charleston, SC

“RIP ”
25 of 76 | Posted by: R D - SC

“Mr and Mrs Harbert, I didn't know Peter that well but he was really good friends with my daughter Caroline. The few interactions I had with him were...Read More »
26 of 76 | Posted by: James Churchill - James Island, SC

“Ronnie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. ”
27 of 76 | Posted by: Mark Lappe - Mt.Pleasant, SC

“Ron and Connie, Rebecca, and Emily, all of our family are so incredibly sad to learn of your familys loss. Please know that all of you are in our...Read More »
28 of 76 | Posted by: John and Julie Santos

“Ronnie, Connie & girls:It's been many years since we lived in Charleston and Peter was just a toddler when we knew him but we'll never forget his...Read More »
29 of 76 | Posted by: Jerry & Cheryl Kilgo - Chapin, SC

“May the sorrow the casts its shadows on you now give way to joy when this stormy season passes! I had the privilege of teaching Peter for the...Read More »
30 of 76 | Posted by: Matt Gilbert - Charleston, SC

“Ronnie, so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you and your family ”
31 of 76 | Posted by: WAYNE HAM - Effingham, SC

“I remember Peter from the Fort Johnson Players musicals and elementary school sleep-overs with Rebecca. Whenever I think of Peter, I immediately...Read More »
32 of 76 | Posted by: Jamie Johnson - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dear Ronnie, My prayers And Thoughts are with you and your family at this heartbreaking time. I know what it is like to lose a child because I lost...Read More »
33 of 76 | Posted by: Betty West Suggs Leasure - SC

“I can't express the sorrow I have for your family. prayers for your heavy hearts. love, Mary and Jack Cooper, James Island, SC ”
34 of 76 | Posted by: mary cooper - charleston, SC

“So terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your Son. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. ”
35 of 76 | Posted by: Eddie & Laurie Kornahrens - SC

“From peggy Powell, something interrupted my message. You will be forever linked to my heart because of dear Pete, you growing up and the loss of a...Read More »
36 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“Ronnie, we are so sorry for loss. Vern and I weren't very close to you except on an occasional visit. I still think of you as young hunter and and...Read More »
37 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“Ronnie and Connie, my heart breaks for you and your family. God Bless you. ”
38 of 76 | Posted by: Vicki and Sonny Chamberlsin - SC

“Peter, growing up with you was a blessing that I will cherish forever. You will be missed so much. Rest easy, love you. ”
39 of 76 | Posted by: Hannah Elgradawy - Charleston, SC

“I Offer my thoughts and prayers to your family at this time. Peter and I were members of the JICHS Chorus together, Peter had a beautiful voice, he...Read More »
40 of 76 | Posted by: M. Magwood - Charleston, SC

“Ronnie & Connie,We are devastated by the news of Peter's passing. I have no words that could adequately express our sympathy for what you are going...Read More »
41 of 76 | Posted by: Lynn Shaddrix - James Island, SC

Mission trip in Shelby
42 of 76 | Posted by: Marie Perry - Charleston, SC

Fun time at HLBC
43 of 76 | Posted by: Marie Perry - Charleston, SC

Youth at HLBC
44 of 76 | Posted by: Marie Perry - Charleston, SC

Mission trip in Shelby
45 of 76 | Posted by: Marie Perry - Charleston, SC

“A few wonderful gems I found that Id like to share ”
46 of 76 | Posted by: Marie Perry - Charleston, SC

“Ronnie, Connie, Emily, and Rebecca we are covering you all in prayer. May you all find comfort and peace in our Lord and Savior. It was a privilege...Read More »
47 of 76 | Posted by: Marie Perry - Charleston, SC

“Connie, Ronnie and Emily and RebeccaWhat amazing accomplishments Peter achieved in this life, I imagine he is creating beautiful art in his heavenly...Read More »
48 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“Connie, Ronnie, sisters and family, Mike and I are so heavy in heart over Jacob. I can not even imagine your sadness and pain. I have the memories...Read More »
49 of 76 | Posted by: Rita and Mike Wagoner - SC

“There are no words that will heal the pain you are feeling. Much love and remember to keep the good memories not the hurt and painful ones. Much...Read More »
50 of 76 | Posted by: Doris Langdale - Charleston, SC

“Ronnie and Connie: There are no words, but please know Wade and I send our deepest sympathies in this time of enormous grief and loss. My family...Read More »
51 of 76 | Posted by: Wade and Sharon Knowles - SC

“You were always such a sweet guy, while Becca and my sister were playing ball, you, me, and Emily would run around making memories as technology-free...Read More »
52 of 76 | Posted by: Jennifer Brewer - Charleston, SC

“Ronnie, Connie, Rebecca and Emily my heart aches for all of you. I know there are no words to ease your pain and I pray you are comforted by all your...Read More »
53 of 76 | Posted by: Brenda and Tim Gunter - SC

“With a broken heart I offer you my thoughts and prayers. Sympathies to Connie and Ronnie, to all the family, and to all the many friends. ”
54 of 76 | Posted by: BJ Scott - Summerville, SC

Always willing to lend a hand. I will always remember this Mission trip. “Peter holds a special place in our hearts. Please know we are thinking of you all. I will always remember Pete's artistic ability and his vision. He...Read More »
55 of 76 | Posted by: Patti O'Brien - Abbeville, SC

“Ronnie and Connie, my heart goes out to you and the rest of your family. I was so heartbroken when learning of Peters passing. What a bright young...Read More »
56 of 76 | Posted by: Camille Maull - James Island, SC

57 of 76 | Posted by: Camille Maull - James Island, SC

“As each day passes, may the wonderful memories of Peter bring you joy. He has left a lasting memory with many Wofford students who enjoyed his...Read More »
58 of 76 | Posted by: Ellen Habib - Goose Creek, SC

“Connie and Ronnie I know there are no words to ease your pain. My heart aches for you all. But please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers....Read More »
59 of 76 | Posted by: Renee Mccormick - Summerville, SC

60 of 76 | Posted by: Joanie Rugheimer Clute - SC

“Ronnie, Connie, Rachel and Emily, I wish I had words to lessen your pain, but sometimes words are just not enough. Please accept my and Anneli's...Read More »
61 of 76 | Posted by: John Wilson - Poquoson, UT

“Connie and Ronnie, My heart breaks for you and your family. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God help you...Read More »
62 of 76 | Posted by: Dorothy Hunt - Ravenel, SC

“Ronnie,Connie,Rachel and Emily, Sharing in your sadness as you remember your dear son and brother, Pete....Read More »
63 of 76 | Posted by: Deborah J Harrison - Charleston, SC

“My heart is so heavy for you and your family. So many prayers being said. Much love to all of you. ❤ ”
64 of 76 | Posted by: Martha Thomas Buckheister - SC

“Ronnie & FamilyYou are in my prayers. ”
65 of 76 | Posted by: Ashley (Liz Infinger) I - NC

“Connie and Ronnie, so sorry to hear about the loss of yr son. Our prayers are with all of you! ”
66 of 76 | Posted by: Brad White - Chapin, SC - Friend

“Ronnie, Connie, Rebecca and Emily our hearts are broken. Peter was a member of our family just as you made Ian a member of your family. Please know...Read More »
67 of 76 | Posted by: Karie Bong - Johns Island, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Peter a few times but he was such a good friend to my daughter, Breck, at Wofford. Knowing he was going on...Read More »
68 of 76 | Posted by: Cori Peterson - Jacksonville, FL

“Dearest Ronnie, Connie and family. Our hearts ache for you, may the Lord carry you in the palm of his hands during this time and always. You are a...Read More »
69 of 76 | Posted by: Mick and Wanda McEvers - SC

“Dear Ronnie, Connie, Rebecca and Emily, Peter was such a fun kid that grew to be such a nice young man. And what artistic talent he had! We are so...Read More »
70 of 76 | Posted by: Michelle Howard - James Island, SC

“We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your son. We are praying that God will hold all of you and the rest of your family tightly in his arms...Read More »
71 of 76 | Posted by: Jerry and Bette Rials - SC

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. May God give you the peace and comfort to go on with each day. Our thoughts and...Read More »
72 of 76 | Posted by: BOBBY & Janice Bass - Chapin, SC

“Sweet, smart, handsome, intelligent Peter. He accomplished so much morethan most people his age. His future is now in Heaven and there is no better...Read More »
73 of 76 | Posted by: Lynn & Gary Lee & family

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. So...Read More »
74 of 76 | Posted by: Roy DeHaven - Charleston, SC

“You know how much we love Pete...our hearts are breaking along with yours. ”
75 of 76 | Posted by: Chris and Gail Gilbert - SC

“Ronnie and Connie - We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and...Read More »
76 of 76 | Posted by: Byron and Pam Bass - Charleston

Peter Jacob Harbert, 22, of Charleston, South Carolina entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. His funeral service will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Citadel Square Baptist Church, interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Citadel Square Baptist Church. There will be a reception at James Island Yacht Club following the burial until 3:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Peter was born March 30, 1996 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of Ronnie Alan Harbert and Connie Thomson Harbert. Peter was a City of Charleston lifeguard beginning in the summer of 2015 and was recognized by City Council in December of 2016 for his efforts in rendering aid to two gunshot victims in August of that year. He spoke 5 languages, Arabic, English, French, German and Spanish. Peter served two internships, the first being at the Morocco News from February 2017 until May 2017, where he had two articles published. He served his second internship with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC from June 2017 until August 2017. He also served as an office assistant at Wofford College. Peter was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. He was a 2018 graduate of Wofford College with a double major in International Relations and French.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two sisters, Rebecca A. Harbert of Charleston, SC and Emily E. Harbert of Charleston, SC; maternal grandparents, John C. Thomson and Marian J. Thomson of Andrews, SC; four aunts, Sherry H. Ford, Sandra H. Payton (Sandy), Katherine T. Roberts (Daniel) and Cheryl Harbert; one uncle, John C. Thomson Jr. (Lisa) and numerous cousins.

Peter was predeceased by his paternal grandfather and namesake, Forrest "Pete" E. Harbert; maternal grandmother, Dorothy L. Harbert and his aunt, Karen Harbert Wiggins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wofford College Campus Ministry, 429 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303 and/or Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.