Lynn R. Harper of the Duplin County community of Albertson passed from this life on Monday, February 13, 2017. He was 83 years of age. Lynn is survived by his wife of 59 years, Juanita Wray Harper and his children Randy and wife Melissa of Albertson, Karen Harper Walker and husband David of Greenville, NC, and Kimberly also of Greenville. Lynn was blessed with 8 grandchildren, Brittany Walker Edwards, Courtney Walker, Meagan Harper, Savannah Harper, Brooke Walker Austin, Zoie Harper, Lynn R. Harper II, Claire Harper and 2 great grandchildren, Thomas Edwards and Evelyn Edwards.
Lynn was a proud alumni of B. F. Grady High School where he was a standout athlete and starred for the boys’ basketball team. His love of sports carried over into adulthood where he later became well known as a sports official, officiating basketball, football, baseball, softball and volleyball. He was also an avid fisherman with his favorite fishing destination being the old Scotch Bonnet Pier on Topsail Island. Lynn spent most of his professional life as a contract poultry farmer, growing tom turkeys for local milling companies.
Lynn was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, most of which was spent as a member of the Albertson, NC Ward of the Church. He served the Church, his Ward and the members in many capacities as a lay leader. Lynn strived to live by the creed, “blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Lynn was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father, Eva Margaret Harper and Rodolph Dennis Harper, Sr., 2 brothers, RD Harper Jr., Walton Harper and a sister, Margaret Harper Haymore. His family was dear to him and he is survived by 3 sisters, Frances Peedin of Raleigh, Pat Patton of Albertson and American Fork, Utah, Faye Young of Richfield, Utah and 5 brothers, Leland of Orem, Utah, Vernon of Orange Park, Florida, Richard of American Fork, Utah, Gary of Las Vegas, Nevada and Michael of Duncan, South Carolina.
Lynn’s family will receive friends and relatives at the Pink Hill Funeral Home Friday night, February 17, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. A celebration of life service will be held at the Albertson Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Saturday morning, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. A veteran of the United States Army, Lynn will be interred with military honors at the Community Mausoleum in Pink Hill.
Pink Hill Funeral Home
Friday February 17th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1056 E NC 11
Pink Hill, NC 28572
Saturday February 18th, 2017
Pink Hill, NC 28572
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Albertson Ward
Saturday February 18th, 2017
Albertson, NC 28508
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What a delight it was getting to know Uncle Lynn better over the years! He was such a happy, kind person— like all of the Harpers. We will miss him.
Submitted by Bradley & Lisa Young on Feb 17 2017 11:15:51 PM
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.
Submitted by Ana on Feb 17 2017 12:25:40 PM
I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Lynn. He was ALWAYS happy and pleasant. He always told funny stories and jokes and was always (along with Aunt Juanita) so kind to me and Julie when we would stay with you on our visits to North Carolina. I will miss him.
Submitted by Jana L. Becker on Feb 16 2017 09:25:00 PM
Aunt Juanita and family-
I was so sad to hear about Uncle Lynn passing. He was always so kind and loving to me, an example of love. You all will be in my prayers during this time.
Laura Harper Ridd
Submitted by Laura H Ridd on Feb 16 2017 06:03:55 PM
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Lee Ann Tyndall lit a candle on Feb 14 2017 07:31:22 PM
Thank you for sharing your Dad with me. Although I have only known him a short while, he was an inspiration in kindness and goodness. He leaves a legacy of love. I will miss him greatly! My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Submitted by Linda Timothy on Feb 14 2017 05:22:19 PM
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