Mr. William Harper, 79, of Hazlehurst, died Dec. 30 at his residence.
Mr. Harper was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Clinch County.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Harper and Ethel Howard Harper, sister, Edna Harper Barnes, brothers, Martin Harper and Richard Harper.
Mr. Harper was a veteran of the United States Navy, retired from Hazlehurst Mills with 37 years of service and was of the Holiness Faith.
He enjoyed ranching, taking care of his cows that he had personally named and growing a garden. He loved his family dearly and always enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Mae Taylor Harper of Hazlehurst; sons and daughters-in-law, William Austin Harper of Homerville, Marcus Glenn and Shonda Lynn Harper of Homerville, Bob Christopher Harper of Hazlehurst, Emmett Gregory and Cindy Taylor of Florida, and Michael and Diane Taylor of Hazlehurst; brother, John Harper (Janice) of Homerville; sister, LaReeta Dickerson of Homerville; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Jan. 4 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Michael Beecher and Byron Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Liberty Community Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Kenny Jones, Brad Turner, Curtis Ford, Byron Taylor, Peyton Rowland and Terry Williams.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge.