James Harper

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James Lindsay Harper - JESUP - James Lindsay Harper, 96, died March 27, 2013, at Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia, after a short illness and a long, beautiful life. Born in Ellijay, GA, Harper moved to Wayne County as an infant. He graduated from Jesup High School in 1934. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, serving during World War II. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he and relatives started Service Gas in Jesup. This early enterprise expanded to a second store in Baxley, GA, and the acquisition of LP gas companies in Waycross, Kingsland, and Glennville. In 1955, Harper established and became president of Southern Propane Company. By age 40, he was president of 27 corporations. In 1973, he began Harper Industries, Inc, a wholesale supplier of propane, and remained the president until his death. Other business ventures included: Candyland, Inc., a retail and hotel company; Sea Palms, Inc., Hampton Plantation and the Hampton Club, all on St. Simons Island. He also developed Lost Plantation, an 18-hole golf course and residential community, in Rincon, GA. Harper was one of the original founders of Pine Forest Country Club and the Jesup Elks Club. He served on the Jesup City Commission. As a member of the Wayne County Industrial Development Authority, he was instrumental in bringing Altamaha Technical College, the Federal Correctional Institution and several significant industries to Wayne County. Until recently, Harper remained an active member of his community and worked at his local office every day. He was a 60-year member of the Jesup Kiwanis Club as well as a former Senior Warden and vestry member at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He loved God, his family, his friends, and his community. He was a firm believer in hard work, in finding the good in others and helping others. He was predeceased in death by his wife of 58 years, Frances Hurn Harper; his parents, James and Florence Gates Harper; his brothers, Forrest, Olin, and Paul Harper; and his sister, Hazel Littlefield. Survivors: He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Jiggs Riggins; a granddaughter and grandson in-law, Jodi and Steve Ammons; two great-grandsons, Riggs and Rhett Ammons; a step-great-granddaughter, Lindsey Ammons, and her daughter, Layla Jarrell, all of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral: Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Jesup with the Reverend Chris Schuller officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be current and former employees, members of the Jesup Kiwanis Club, and his Sunday school class. Visitation will be on Friday, March 29, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Church (P.O. Box 1291, Jesup, GA, 31598), the Altamaha Technical College Foundation James L. Harper Scholarship Fund (1777 W. Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545) or Hospice of South Georgia (1625 Sunset Boulevard, Jesup, GA 31545). Please sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Savannah Morning News March 28, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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860 S. US Highway 301
Jesup, GA 31546
(912) 427-3718
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Mar. 28, 2013
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