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William Randolph Harper

Male 1933 - 2002


Obituary: William Randolph Harper

From the Greensboro News & Record
2 Dec 2002

News & Record (Greensboro, NC)

LENGTH: 373 words

William Randolph Harper was born on Aug. 2, 1933, inCraven County, NorthCarolina, to Hazel Koonce Harper and the late William Paul Harper Sr.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday,Dec. 4, 2002, at Bethany Church of God on Randolph Avenue. Interment will follow in the Veterans Cemetery in Salisbury.

In 1951, he graduated from P.S. Jones High School in Washington, N.C. where he had distinguished himself as a scholar and gentleman, ranking third in his class.
The following Fall he entered A&TCollege in Greensboro. After completing just one year, he interrupted his studies and enlisted in the army. During his 20-year career, William attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and upon discharge was a decorated veteran. His military service included a combat tour in Korea during the Korean Conflict and two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart for combat injuries sustained in Korea, was given the Good Conduct medal signifying valor and loyalty on three occasions, and was commended for his outstanding skill in a number of areas including marksmanship. After being discharged in 1968, Randolph settled in the Greensboro area. Still an avid learner, he returned toA&T where he completed his bachelors degree in industrial engineering in 1982.

Sergeant Harper is survived by his mother, Hazel Koonce Harper of Kinston; one son, Perry Kennedy of Tuscaloosa,Ala.; three daughters,Sabrina Kennedy of Kannapolis, TracyKennedy Brooks (Adrian) of Dothan,Ala.,Celestine Harper of Greensboro; and mother of the children, Hattie Harper. William is also survived by five brothers, Levie Harper of Baltimore,Walter R. Harper (Maxine) of Portsmouth,Va., Marion Harper (Vivian) of Baltimore,William Paul Harper of Dayton, Ohio, and James HenryHarper (Linda) of Baltimore; and three sisters, Dr. Mary Harper Watkins (Walter) of Dayton, Ohio,Christine Kenlock of Greensboro and Josephine Harper of Kinston. Also left to mourn his passing are eight grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a supportive caregiver including Barbara Banks, James Toon, Norris Howell, and Ophelia Swinson.

Visitation will from 10 to 11 a.m.
Services entrusted toWoodard Funeral Home.

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