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Robert Harper Sr.

January 10, 1935 ~ August 27, 2020 (age 85)


Robert “Bobby” Harper born January 10, 1935 in Sterling, Kansas left this earth for his heavenly home on Thursday, August 27, 2020. He move to Pascagoula in 1940 when his father started working at Ingalls to help with building ships for World War II. He lived there until he joined the US Army and served in the Korean War. After returning home in 1957, he married his high school sweetheart Delma. The two of them lived in Pascagoula and were faithful members of Parkway Baptist Church until they moved to Escatawpa in 1972 and there they raised three children. He worked at Ingalls for 37 years retiring as Superintendent of the Carpenter Department. After the passing of wife Delma, he married Jean and they served in the Pascagoula Elk’s Lodge for many years were he earned Elk of the Year Honors. He was a caring man always putting others before himself. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved family and friends getting together with his large family at family reunions.

He was preceded in death by: his first wife of 33 years Delma Gregory Harper; his second wife of 18 years Doris Jean Harper; his mother Ruby Elliott Harper; father Virgil Harper; sister Pat (Clinton) Cochran, sister Brenda (Jack) Croker, brother Danny Harper and sister-in-law Ruby Harper.

He is survived by: his son Robert (Carrie) Harper, daughter Ruby (Prent) Steede, son Delbert (Felicia) Harper, son Devin Harper; sister Kay (Raymond) Kraft, brother Butch (Hazel) Harper, sister Diane Gregory, sister Shelia (Bryan) Josephs; his 10 grandchildren Morgan (Rickie) Lee, Drake, Rhett, Joshua, Makayla, Keragan, Elijah Logan, Dalton, Matthew, Addyson, great-grandson Hudson James Lee and so many more relatives and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Light - Singing River Hospital especially his nurse of 16 months Shyanne Eckhoff his caregiver Johnese Cochran.

To respect Bobby’s final wishes, no formal service will be held. Family and immediate friends will gather at a later date to celebrate his life.

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Family to do services at later date

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