”1927 - 2004”
January 1, 1927 - May 6, 2004
GROVE, Okla. - Ray Harper, 77 year old Grove resident, passed away Monday, May 3, 2004 at the Betty Ann Nursing Home in Grove following an extended illness.
Ray was born January 1, 1927 in Grove to Granville Harper and Hazel Martha (Jones) Harper.
He was a graduate of Grove High School where he played football. He then attended Upper Iowa University for two years.
Ray served in the U. S. Army. He worked as a self employed electrical contractor for new home construction for many years in the Tulsa area. Ray moved back to Grove in 1996. Ray was a 32 degree Mason, and was involved in the motorcycle division of the Akdar Shrine of Tulsa. He was an Elder of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, a member of the Diabetes Association and attended the S. D. A. Church.
Ray was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Davault on June 18, 1954 in Tulsa. She preceded him in death on January 3, 1995. His parents, three sisters, Patsy, Billie and Jeanie and one granddaughter, Lyndsey Joyce Parks also preceded him in death.
Surviving family members include, one daughter, Joyce Parks of Grove; one son, Jeffrey Ray Harper of Tulsa; two brothers, Larry Harper of Tulsa and Jack Harper of Afton, Okla. and four grandchildren, Katie Rae Parks, Jessica Harper, Julie Harper and Douglas Harper.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 7 at the Turner Funeral Chapel, 722 N. W. 46th Street in Grove. Mr. Jackson Whitacre will officiate. Committal services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday at Floral Haven Cemetery in Tulsa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home. Services are entrusted to Turner Funeral Chapel of Grove,
Resource:Grove Daily Sun May 14, 2004
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