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Galilee Baptist Church
Friday December 27th, 2019
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Robert Lee Harper

Dr. Robert L. Harper, Sr., age 99, completed his earthly journey on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. He passed very peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. Dr. Harper was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eldora Hemphill Harper, and his son, Robert L. Harper, Jr. Visitation will be held at Galilee Baptist Church on Friday, December 27 from 6-pm, and a funeral service will be held at Galilee Baptist Church on Saturday, December 28 at 11am. He will be remembered as a pillar of our community and we were blessed to witness his journey of nearly a century in Longview. Robert L. Harper was born on October 3, 1920 in Longview to Grant and Malinda Wade Harper in the Pleasant Green community. He studied at Jarvis Christian College where he met his wife, Eldora. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He then completed his studies at Wiley College and went on to earn a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Meharry Medical College in 1952. Dr. Harper practiced dentistry in Longview from 1952 – 2009. He also volunteered as the school dentist at Jarvis Christian College, and served countless Longview-area patients who would have otherwise been unable to receive dental care. Dr. Harper was a 33rd Degree Mason and member of Omega Psi Phi for over 60 years. He served on numerous boards and committees for community advancement. For his lifetime of leadership and service, Dr. Harper received the Unity Award in 2012 from the City of Longview - Partners in Prevention. Dr. Harper is survived by his daughter, Beverly Harper Christopher; sister, Marie Lilly; grandchildren, Jewelette Christopher, Calvin and Kgomotso Christopher, Mark and Wylonda Brackens; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; loyal nephews; loving nieces; extended family and many close friends. Bigham Mortuary would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family & Friends of Dr.Robert Lee Harper Sr.& We would like to take this time to thank them for allowing The professionals of Bigham Mortuary to care for them and Dr.Harper.

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lynette haris Dec 26 2019 4:51 AM

My prayers are with this family. Treasure your memories because they last forever. God needed another Angel and Dr. Harper was chosen. He touched a lot of lives and will be missed.

Dorothy Patillo Daniels Dec 25 2019 6:42 AM

What can be said about such a giant of a man!! First Sunday in August will not be the same without seeing him stroll in..Such a good man, we will miss him..Marilyn Nelson and family...(Sis s daughter)

Marilyn J Nelson Dec 23 2019 7:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Harper

Diane Johnson Dec 23 2019 2:28 PM

I to, went to Dr. Harper as a child. After he finish with me, I had to stay at least another hour. Dr. Harper and my Father were very good friends & they had to sit and talk. He & Daddy can really enjoy one another in Heaven. Rest peacefully Dr. Harper.

Judy Brookins Dec 22 2019 10:09 PM

Dr Harper was my dentist and my familys for many years.We send our condolences. Praying for the family

Wanda Anderson Beckworth Dec 22 2019 7:34 PM

I have been a patient of Dr. Harper for years and really didn't like it when he retired. R.I.H., Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson Dec 22 2019 1:17 PM

Dr. Harper was the first dentist to pull a tooth for me when I was a senior at Jarvis. I did not feel a pain. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace and I send my sympathy to his family. He was an asset to the school and his city.

Renetta T. Womack Howard Dec 20 2019 11:51 PM

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