Jack Edward Harper

Published 12:38 am Friday, April 22, 2011

Jack Edward Harper, 74, of Coffeeville, Miss. passed away Monday, April 18, 2011 at his residence. He was born December 25, 1936 in Grenada, Miss. to the late Buck and Laura Beckum Harper.

He was a 1955 graduate of John Rundle High School in Grenada and a 1961 graduate of Delta State College in Cleveland. Jack often mentioned how proud he was of his fellow classmates and how well they had done in life. Jack was a teacher and coach in several north and northeast Mississippi communities. He was still referred to by many as “Coach”.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Coffeeville Church of Christ with Bro. Don Roberson officiating and John Wayne Purdy assisting. Interment followed in the Ford’s Well Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Visitation was Wednesday evening at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Coffeeville.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Bill and sisters, Ruby, Peggy and Betty.

Jack leaves behind his pride and joy, his wife, Geneva. Jack dearly loved Geneva and her children, who in his last years had made him so happy. Also surviving are the most important parts of his life: his three children, Barry Harper and his wife, Cindy of Picayune; Laura Marter and her husband, Keith of Grenada; and Mike Harper and his wife Donna of Duck Hill. Jack took pride in giving the ultimate in support of his children. It was truly a joy for him watching his children grow into adults. He is also survived by grandchildren, Andy Harper and wife Candace, Ashley Moore and husband Adam, Anna Kay Harper, Rachel Marter, Brady Marter, Lauren Harper, Houston Harper and Caleb Herring; and great-grandchildren, Parker Harper and Shelby Harper; brothers, Dr. J.D. “Dinky” Harper and his wife, Sally of Grenada and Bobby Harper and his wife Josie of Columbus; sister-in-law Freda Harper and a host of nieces and nephews are also left to cherish his memory.

Jack never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone any way he could. He will be missed for his quick wit and his ability to make people laugh.

Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Coffeeville was entrusted with the arrangements.