Dennis Hall Raper, age 84, passed away at Nash General Hospital on June 6, 2014. He was born in Wilson County on July 15, 1929 to Pearl Joyner Raper and Barney Robertson Raper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Gale Raper Turner. Dennis was also preceded in death by his sister, Hazel Raper Odom; and brothers, Jennings, Charles, Graham, and Donald.
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Dennis graduated from Lucama High School in 1947 and attended N.C. State College. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service to his country. Dennis was the owner of DHR Marketing in Raleigh for many years, after retiring he worked for Bob Knight Electronics in Dallas, Texas.
Dennis was a member and deacon of West Mount Baptist Church. Until his declining health, he was an active member of the West Mount Ruritan Club and was also a Mason, Corinthians Lodge No. 230. Dennis had a passion for working in his garden as well as cultivating the most beautiful flowers. Friends and family alike complimented him on his beautiful yard. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 61 years, Sally Doris Boykin Raper; his sisters, Lynn Raper Whiteford of Greenville, NC, Kathryn Raper Pittman and husband, Leroy of Kinston, NC; brother, Frank Raper and wife, Evelyn of Goldsboro, NC; and sister-in-law, Jackie Raper of Rocky Mount, NC.
A visitation will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home. A service to remember Dennis will be held at 11:00am on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the funeral home with Rev. Tim Hogan officiating. A committal service will follow at 3:00pm Monday at Raleigh Memorial Park.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to West Mount Baptist Church, 8487 West Mount Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27803.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on June 8, 2014
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