WOODINGTON - Edson Earl Harper Sr. of Woodington Township passed away at his home on Monday, March 25, 2013, following an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. Earl was born June 24, 1922, to the late Jesse James Harper and Onie Rouse Harper of Lenoir County. He was the youngest of 11 children and the last to pass away. He grew up on the family farm and attended Southwood School. He proudly served his country with the Army Air Corp. during World War II. He returned to the family farm in 1946. In 1948, he married the love of his life, Louise Davis. Later he accepted a job with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and worked there until he retired in 1984. He was a member of Woodington United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Edson Earl Harper Jr.; three sisters, Mildred Davis and husband Sam, Ruby West and husband Willie, and Phebe Harper; brothers Leo M. Harper and wife Ruby, Jesse Harper Jr. (toddler), C. Jack Harper and wife Edna, W. Simpson Harper, James R. "Dock" Harper and wife Frances, Roger H. Harper, and Guy Harper (toddler). Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Louise Davis Harper; son Les Harper and wife Dina J. Harper; grandchildren Josie Marie Harper, Jackson Earl Harper, Joshua Simpson Harper, and John Blake Harper; sisters-in-law Pinky J. Harper and Dorothy R. Harper; former daughter-in-law, Mona Norris Williams (mother of Jackson and Joshua Harper); numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, J. J. the dachshund. A special "thank you" goes to his wonderful caretakers, Cynthia Williams, Valerie Williams, Diane Hightower, Mary Carawan, Frances Whitfield, and the outstanding staff at Asera Care Hospice, as well as many others that have given their time and love to Earl. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Howard-Carter Funeral Home and other times at the home. Funeral services are to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the funeral home with the Reverend Claude Wilson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodington United Methodist Church, c/o Susan Moody, 2651 Falling Creek Road, Kinston, NC 28504, or to Asera Care Hospice, 502-D Red Banks Road, Greenville, NC 27858. Online condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Mar. 26 to Mar. 29, 2013