Edward Lee Harper

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Ex-manager of courthouse snack bar dies

REBECCA BLUE
Herald Staff Writer

MANATEE - Edward Lee Harper, the man who ran The Backroom Snack Bar at the county courthouse for four years, died unexpectedly Saturday from complications of diabetes.

Mr. Harper, 49, had moved to Jacksonville with his wife of 27 years, Debbie, after the snack bar closed March 3. The snack bar had existed since the courthouse opened and served food throughout the workweek.

Mr. Harper, who was visually impaired, had diabetes for 15 years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for the Florida Bureau of Business Enterprise.

The Jacksonville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., in Orange Park is in charge of the funeral arrangements. A viewing and visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

The florist of Heavenly Flowers and More, who is a friend of the Harper family, is not charging a delivery fee for the services.

Condolences can be sent to Debbie Harper at 10728 Golden Spike Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Mr. Harper is survived by his wife, Debbie; his daughter, Candis Peraza; his son, Bradley; two grandchildren, Autumn and Emily; his parents, Gene and Dessie Harper and Carolyn Shoemaker; siblings Debbie Douglas, Mike (Sarah) Harper, Ricky (Julie) Harper, Tommy (Lori) Harper, Bobby Smith, Tammy (Robby) Kemp, Pam (Steve) Bushman, Chris (Saidy) Harper and Tina (Eddie) Higginbotham, numerous nieces and nephews and family pet, Elvis.

Published in The Bradenton Herald on Apr. 5, 2006
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