Lynn Harper, 71, of Mauriceville, passed away on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were at Claybar Funeral Home Jan. 11, with the Rev.
Mack McDonald officiating. Interment followed at Autumn Oaks
Lynn had resided in Mauriceville for the past 38 years and was formerly a resident of Cameron, Texas. He was born June 19, 1937, in Maysfield to Cordell and Myrtle Harper. While his father was in the service during war times, he grew up fast and learned what it was to work hard by selling produce to help with the family income. Lynn kept that spirit as he grew into the man he came to be, working to provide for his family. He enjoyed having his cattle and horses and spending time at rodeos. He also enjoyed different challenges like building a place at his home for all the friends and family to come and enjoy barbecues, cold beverages and dancing which came to be known to all as the Party Shack.
In 1978, Lynn became the first vice president of the Mauriceville Lions Club Chapter, then in 1994 opened and co-owned the first liquor store in Mauriceville (Lucky J’s), which opened many doors for other business in the area. Lynn enjoyed wood working and building different items for his children and grandchildren, to building a home for him and his one true love of 51 years, Milly Harper.
Lynn is preceded in death by his parents Cordell and Myrtle Harper, his son Roger Lynn Harper, and brother, Walton Harper.
Survivors include his wife Milly (McCall) Harper of Mauriceville, his children Lynda Harper Tilley and husband Jerry Tilley of Mauriceville, and Becky Harper Dalton and husband J.W. Dalton of Mauriceville, Gary Curtis of Burlington, Texas, grandchildren Justin Bufford of Mauriceville, Jessica Wright of Mauriceville, Jamey Morgan of Mauriceville, Jacob Dalton of Mauriceville, Logan Williford of Little Cypress, Laurie Price of Orange, Mandy Simon of Mauriceville, and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Justin Bufford, Jacob Dalton, Logan Williford, Kamm Morgan, Gary Curtis, and Elvis Metz. Lynn was a friend to all that knew him and especially to his family. He will be truly missed for his honest opinions and plain spoken advice he gave. He was the true meaning of a good man.