Robert Leo Harper



Robert Leo Harper
Deep Run
Leo Harper, 92, passed away at the NC State Veteran’s Home in Kinston on Monday, January 23, 2017.
Leo served in the United States Navy during World War II as Seaman First Class and Ammunition Gunner from 1941-1945. Returning home, he became a tenant farmer and married Ronelle Davenport and they had three children. Leo loved nature and people. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He served as a Boy Scout leader at Deep Run for many years. Leo was also a member of Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge #304 and a member of the Lenoir County Shrine Club.
Leo Harper worked for Lenoir County law enforcement for 38 years. He was the Lenoir County Sheriff from 1970-1988 serving the citizens of Lenoir County with Honesty, Integrity and Pride.
Leo was the recipient of the 1980 North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and was 2nd in the nation for the J. Edgar Hoover Award.
Leo was preceded in death by his daughter, Wanda Sue Harper; sisters, Hazel Alphin and Mary Whitfield; and brother, Wesley “Red” Harper. He is survived by his wife, Ronelle Harper of the home; daughter, Rita Harper Minshew of Kinston; and son, Greg Harper and wife, Dawn of Deep Run; grandson, Donovan Harper; granddaughter, India Harper; and great-grandson, Evan Harper; brother, Leslie Harper; sisters Janice Braswell and Nell Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Deep Run OFWB Church, c/o Bill Hawkins, 3556 Mark N. Smith Rd., Deep Run, NC 28525.
Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Pink Hill Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Pink Hill Funeral Home with burial following at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston.