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The family will receive friends Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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David L. “Red” Harper, 69, of Lynchburg, died Wednesday January 27, 2021, at Lynchburg General Hospital.

David was born July 3, 1951, in Lynchburg, a son of the late Lewis Harper and Edna (Estelle) P. Harper.

David was a Veteran of the USMC and Retired from Red’s Chips as the Wise potato chip man.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita W. Harper, and his daughter Renee’ C. Willkerson.

David is survived by his daughter, Theresa Wills-Harris & Allen Harris of Lynchburg; two sisters, Bonnie & Steve Coleman of Lynchburg, and Phyllis & Jerry Glovier of Chesterfield VA; a brother, Henry & Barbara Harper of Rock Hill SC; two grandchildren, Ashby (Jazmine) Wilkerson, and Jacqueline Wilkerson of Lynchburg; one aunt, Doris Cofflin of Madison Heights; four Nephews; a cousin, Mike Cofflin; and many other cousins and a special friend, Pat Tucker, of Campbell Co.

Red also had many other special friends who cared very much for him including the ladies at the Fort Avenue Quickie, MT, Tomkat, Shanonon, Jo, Bobby B, Bobby W, Will, Rob, Jimmy Lee, Bronson, Wanda, Erick, AD, Pete, Lawrence, Jennifer, Mike, Walsey, Barbara, Glo, Kevin, JC, David B, Buddy M, Mary Jane, Brittany, and Avery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

 

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Posted by:
Steve Bozeman

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February 11, 2021

"We have an old tradition I believe to be Marine Corps wide, it's one that salutes our brothers who have passed to the other side. A single rose by a turn down glass resides at the table's end, a tiny bit of nostalgia and a tribute to absent friends. Each in his turn will look that way and each with his cup a brim, each will remember a fellow Marine, as there's Frank, Tommy or "Red." There are those names that escape us and those we can't recall, long history dims identity, but we drink to them one and all. When my earthly life is over and to the table's end I pass, future Marines will remember and turn down an empty glass." Semper Fi "Red."

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Diane Nickerson

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February 10, 2021

Bonnie, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and the family. Love you my friend.

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Abbey

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February 5, 2021

My prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of loss. May God's mercy give you comfort knowing that your father's long suffering has ended, and he is at peace. He will forever remain in our hearts."I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of our papa David be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

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Marcia Reynolds

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February 4, 2021

To the family: Red was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I had the opportunity to check him in at WM, what a great individual. You have my deepest condolences. May God comfort your hearts.

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JUANDA D HARPER

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February 1, 2021

I haven't known David since the early 60s; however, the memories I have of his family from the time they lived on Morson Street are forever in my heart. The age of innocent childhood - the Harper children were always kind, as was Estelle. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

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Cathy Stanley

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January 31, 2021

I am at a lose for words. I'm deepest sympathy to you Tearesa.

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Ronnie Briggs

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January 31, 2021

To David's family , my thoughts and prayers are with David and family! David and I works out in the market together over 40 years David selling the chips I was selling the Pepsi products! David earned lots of friends over the years !! He will be missed by all that knew him !!

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Linda Collins

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January 30, 2021

I remember "Red" from making deliveries to the City Hall Canteen. He was such a nice man and a gentleman. May God be with his family and friends . . . .

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Brian Coleman

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January 30, 2021

Will miss uncle David dearly. I will always hold dear the many laughs at the reunions and the days running the roads and routes together delivering the chips and driving for him. The snowy before the crack of dawn mornings delivering to Walmart and Kroger in the snow and ice never phased us we just kept on getting on and laughing and working. He had to be the most skilled scratch ticket player I’ve met. Told me just by looking at the untouched ticket “this one has a u on it” and told the clerk at the market he bought it at if it wins you’re getting a cut. Sure enough 100$ winner and he went in and gave her 25$ out of it. One of a kind genuine guy will be dearly missed by many.

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Rhonda Campbell

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January 30, 2021

Theresa, I am so sorry for your loss. There will never be another David. We always talk about the good times we had with David and your family. He was always the life of the party. I will never forget that smile and laugh. He never meet a stranger. I remember the salads he would make for us on Sundays and no one could help because it had to be perfect. It took him a long time to make it, but it was worth the wait. Also on Saturday nights after wrestling he would make us all cheesy westerns. It is a lot of good memories of him let the memories heal your heart. Love and prays for you and your family. Rhonda and Larry Campbell

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Rickie Odelle Trent

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January 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. David was a dear friend over the years. We grew up at Fairview Christian Church. We played softball on the same team for over 25 years. David was the center fielder and I pitched. we spent a great deal of time together when we were not at church or playing/ My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Gary L. Vernon

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January 30, 2021

So sorry to hear of David's passing. We went to school together and were good friends. We used to walk home to Fairview Heights (sometimes thumbed) from Robert E. Lee school. I'll never forget one time at Bass school two guys were picking on me and causing a lot of trouble. David didn't offer to fight them but one day He walked up and challenged them to catch him. He could really run and they never caught him. That gave me the opportunity to escape. We used to shoot basketball at Fairview Christian Church parking lot. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

Posted by:
David Mitchell

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January 30, 2021

Wow very sad. Had alot of good times. Was an honor to work with him on the truck when i was young. Rip wise owl

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Linda ( Speedy ) Tyler

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January 30, 2021

Bonnie, Mike , and Family, I was so sorry and saddened to hear about " Red ". We had known each other for a long time . We were always laughing about something , he was a great guy. My thought's and prayer's will be with you all. " Speedy "

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Lee (Leroy) Weaver

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January 30, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news! David had a warm and loving heart! He will be missed by his family and friends! My sincere condolences!

 

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