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Harold Edward Draper

Memphis, TN

Harold Edward Draper, age 85, departed this life on July 7, 2018. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Claire Draper, his two children Sharilyn and Sandra Draper, his sisters Maxine Pugh and Charlotte Draper, and brothers Leonard and Barris Draper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lafayette Sr. and Maxie S. Draper; two sisters, Nellie "Bonnie" Taylor and Annie Lois McCollins; and one brother, Lafayette L. Draper, Jr.

Born in Decatur, AL, Harold moved to Memphis soon after grade school. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1950 and attended Tuskegee University before being drafted to the U.S. Army in 1953. Upon completion of his military service, he completed undergraduate studies at Rust College and later received his Master's degree in Education from Arkansas State University. After college, he began teaching in the Memphis City Schools system and was soon promoted to principal of Willow Oaks Elementary, where he remained until his retirement in 1995.

Throughout his life, Harold gave generously of his time and resources. He was an active member of Collins Chapel C.M.E., where he served on the Board of Stewards and as Superintendent of Sunday School. His community service included active involvement in the Memphis-area Civitan Club until his retirement from the Memphis public school system.

Harold will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a faithful brother, and a loyal friend. His life will be celebrated with visitation held on Monday, July 16 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Collins Chapel C.M.E. Church, 678 Washington Avenue, Memphis 38105. Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at Collins Chapel.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal from July 11 to July 15, 2018
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