|Services were held at First United Methodist Church, Natchitoches, Louisiana on Saturday, July 11, 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Moore Harper, one son, Ross Harper, and one daughter, Evelyn Harper Callia.
Dr. Harper was a retired minister of the United Methodist Church, having retired in 1974. He was a graduate of Northwestern University at Natchitoches, Louisiana and Southern Methodist University’s Theological School, receiving his Master of Divinity degree. In 1957, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by Centenary College.
He began his ministry in Montrose, Louisiana, in 1931. Other pastorates included Sec-ond Methodist and St. Mark’s, both in New Orleans; Opelousas; Cedar Grove in Shreveport; Trinity in Ruston; First Church in Natchitoches; Provencal and Florien. He also served six years as District Superintendent of the Alexandria and Shreveport districts.
He was born in Cheneyville, Louisiana, and given the name Hunter Ross Harper; but in early life was called “Jolly Boy.” This nickname remained with him the remainder of his life.
Jolly was everybody’s friend. It would take volumes to tell of our friendship over the years. He will never be forgotten by those who knew him.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1999; p. 261 By Carl F. Lueg|