Harper, Virginia (Mrs. J.D.)


March 29, 1856-May 29, 1933
Mrs. J. D. Harper was before hei- marriage, Virginia Fox, a daughter of Robert L. and Sarah McKinney Fox. She was born in the city of Alexandria, La., March 29, 1856. Her father, who was at one time mayor of Alexandria, was a native of Norfolk. Va. Her mother was a native of Mississippi.
Virginia Fox was married in 1881 to Rev. Jacob D. Harper, a member of the Louisiana Conference, whose sacred memory lives in the hearts of the members of the Louisiana Conference, who was serving Pineville and Alexandria. During the course of forty years that she served as the wife of an itinerant minister and faithfully ministered to the wants of her devoted husband she belonged to that sacred galaxy of women over whose head there hangs a golden crown to be cast at the feet of the loving Christ. Mrs. Harper lived at Columbia. Monroe, Ruston, Homer, Alexandria, Lafayette and other points in the State. During much of that time her husband was serving as a presiding elder.
Mrs. Harper received a primary education in such schools as Alexandria could afford during the Civil War and immediately following.
She was a great reader and well-informed. A great lover of poetry.
Her retentive memory enabled her to commit much poetry to memory.
She was intensely loyal to the Methodist Church.
She was an invalid for a year and a half prior to her death. She died on May 29, 1933, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Woolfolk, In Baton Rouge, La., leaving Mrs. Woolfolk, also another daughter, Miss Ruth Harper and a son, Rev. R. H. Harper, who abides with us. Rev. K. W. Dodson, P. E. of the Baton Rouge District, officiated at the funeral service at the home, May 30, assisted by Rev. A. W. Turner, Rev. H. N. Brown, Rev. 0. L. Tucker, and Rev. A. D. George. Rev. Guy M. Hicks officiated at the interment, beside her husband in Mansfield, La. It was my privilege to be associated with her in the city of Alexandria. She had a loving heart, a sweet smile and a cheerful disposition along with all of the beauties and strength of a devoted Christian character.
On the morning of her passing at 11 a. in., there was silence in heaven for a brief moment. The angels folded their wings, then lifted their voices and struck all the harps of gold and another voice was added to, God’ s choir and tonight, somewhere along the golden streets beside the river of life, there under the trees, that bear twelve manner of fruit, the leaves of which are for the healing of the nations, abides the beloved.
Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 84, 1933

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