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Thomas G. Harper, 93

LEBANON, Tenn. — Thomas G. Harper, 93, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Tom served in the Army in World War II. He saw action in the European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a life member of the VFW.

Tom was known in the Blue Grass music circles for his unique two-finger style of playing the five-string banjo. He was honored as a founder of the Earl Park Music Festival in Indiana. He and Anna played music for many years on the grounds of the Battle Ground Fiddlers Convention in Indiana. He more recently entertained at the Cedars of Lebanon and for Scan Patrol events in Lebanon.

Tom was a founder and chairman of the deacons of the First Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford, Ind. He and Anna were members of the Fall Creek Baptist Church in Norene, Tenn.

He is survived by his children and step children: Carol Carroll (Larry) of Northville, Mich., Norma Brown (Larry), of Attica, Ind., Steven Harper (Midgie), of Lafayette, Ind., Guy Harper (Emily), of San Antonio; and his step sons Tom McMurtrie (Dee), of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Tim McMurtrie (Barbara) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens, 618 South Maple St., Lebanon, TN 37087. An 11 a.m. memorial service and interment with military honors will follow. Pastor Greg Bell of Fall Creek Baptist Church will officiate.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, 2012
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