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In Memory Of Our Poets

Henry Johnson Harper (1929-2015) - Class Of 1948

Henry Johnson Harper, a long time resident of Pike Road, Alabama died peacefully at his home on April 8, 2015 at the age of 85. He was born on December 27, 1929, in Geneva, Alabama and was a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School and Huntington College. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1959.

Prior to the pursuit of his legal degree, Mr. Harper served as an interpreter/linguist in Monterey, California as a private in the U.S. Army with a certificate from the Army Language School in 1953 for his service during the Korean Conflict.

After practicing law for a number of years, Harper founded Wiregrass Construction Company in 1965, an Alabama highway construction company specializing in asphalt paving. He served as president of the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association in 1994. He remained an active member in good standing of the Alabama Bar Association until his death, and he was recognized with his 50-Year Certificate and Pin in 2010.

Henry enjoyed hunting and fishing, University of Alabama football and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Lyles Harper, and his children, Leah Harper Bowron of Brazoria, Texas, Henry Johnson Harper Jr. of Montgomery, John Lyles Harper (Brandi) of Dothan and Millicent Harper Veltman (Ruard) of Charlotte, N.C.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Sarah Bowron, Nina Harper, James Harper, Fritz Veltman and Perrin Veltman. He is also held in memory by former daughter-in-law Jody Kamins Harper.

Funeral Services will be held at Vaughn Park Church of Christ on Monday, April 13th at 12 p.m with visitation from 10:30 to 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer's of Central Alabama, http://alzca.org/ , NAPA Care, (888) 468-6499, an emergency benevolent fund caring for the families of asphalt employees in need, or your favorite charity .

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2015.