Norman Brinkley “Richard” Harper of Prattsville, Arkansas was born September 7, 1926 in Jaggers, Alabama, the son of the late Allie Porter Harper and Zula Mae Swindle Harper. He was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Prattsville..
He served his country proudly for over 31 years being in the US Navy and the US Air Force. He fought in World War II, the Korean War, 3 tours in Vietnam and Azores. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and was retired from Sherwin Williams. He enjoyed serving his country, being a Mason, fishing, watching baseball, and The Gaither’s.
Mr. Harper died at his home on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the age of 91.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Allen Harper; a son, Freddy Whitaker; brothers, Allie Jr., Tom, Jack, Frank and J.T. Harper; sisters, Mildred Clark, Ruby West, Obeliah Clark, Lula Ivey, June Barton, Georgia Ann and Clara Harper.
Survivors include his daughters, Georgia Ann Hicks (Eddie ) of Prattsville, Leslie Carol Nichols (Perry) of Prattsville, Terilynne Kennerly of Malvern, Sandra Hope Harper of Malvern, and Cherye Kay Forbush of Prattsville; grandchildren, Kristy Hull (Kyle ), Kelly Kidder (Drew), Kerry Young (Jeff) , Tyler Hicks, Ethan Nichols (Kayti), Allen Harper (Shauna), Dalton Kennerly, Carson Kennerly, Seth Ashcraft, Carsten Adams, Emily Valadez (Andew), and Anderson Schmidt; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Prattsville, with Bro. Vernon Bass officiating. Burial, with full Military Honors, will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until service time also at the church.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to his caregivers, Misty Pearson, Leeann Johnson, Sonya Bentley, Missy Cash, Gracie Beckwith, and Saline Memorial Hospice, for the love and care they provide him.
Pallbearers are Allen Harper, Seth Ashcraft, Ethan Nichols, Tyler Hicks, Dalton Kennerly, and Carson Kennerly. Honorary pallbearers will be the Air Force Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 37, Prattsville, Arkansas or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.