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HARPER WALLACE LAMONT HARPER, JR. Lamont Harper, born Oct. 17, 1935 in Gainesville, FL, resided in Jacksonville and later retired to Keystone Heights, entered his eternal home on Feb 5, 2013 after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville in 1954 and later attended JU. As a young man, he briefly served in the Naval Reserve. Lamont married his soul mate, Glenda E. Thrower on July 14, 1956 at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jax FL. Lamont proudly served as a police officer for 36 years in Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. He retired in 1995 as Supervisor of the Evidence Technicians. He was a proud member of the FOP. Upon retirement from JSO, he served as the Facilities Manager of the Christian Church Conference Center in Silver Springs, FL for 10 years where he was fondly known as Boss Frog by the campers. Lamont was a loyal GATOR fan and long-time season ticket holder. Lamont is survived by his beloved wife Glenda and a loving family including one son: Rev. Terrell L. Harper (Rev. Mary Beth), three daughters: Sheree L. Eddie (David), Pamela E. Harper, Tambi B. Graves (John), eight grandchildren: Bethany, Glynis, Peter, Aaron, Sarah, Matthew, Hannah & Logan, and one great-grand son, Trevor. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Christian Church Conference Center 6455 E. Silver Springs BLVD, Silver Springs, FL 34488 to be used for children's camp programming. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home at 4315 N. Main Street, Jacksonville. A celebration of Lamont's life will occur on Friday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 at the Hardage-Giddens Main Street Chapel, with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Officiating will be friend and retired Disciple of Christ pastor Rev. J.C. Steele assisted by Rev. Kent Dorsey, Rev. Terry Harper and Rev. Mary Beth Harper. A celebration reception will be held immediately following the graveside service at Riverside Avenue Christian Church. Condolence messages may be made at www.hardage-giddensmainst.com Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 7, 2013
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