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Robert Andrew (Bob) Harper, Jr., of Rockdale, TX, passed away after a brief illness on June 9, 2017.
Bob was born on February 2, 1926 and raised in Asheville, NC. He was the son of Robert Andrew Sr. and Florence Gass Harper. After high school, he attended Brevard College obtaining an Associates Degree and he then attended the University of Tennessee where he received his bachelor's degree in engineering. After graduation, Bob secured a position as a Mechanical Engineer with Alcoa Aluminum in Badin, NC. He served in the U.S. Army, stateside, during the Korean War, returning to his work at Alcoa after discharge. While in Badin, he met and married Betty Lou Bivens on July 6, 1957. Together, they raised 3 sons. His longstanding career, almost 40 years, with Alcoa took him from North Carolina to Pittsburgh, PA and then to Rockdale, TX, Summerville, SC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Sao Luis, Brazil, before returning to Rockdale where he retired. A devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, Bob was an avid reader enjoying mystery novels. He also enjoyed visiting Civil War battle sites, solving crossword puzzles, woodworking, and gardening, or at least the idea of gardening, not so much the actual work of gardening. He amused his kids and grandkids with the ability to wiggle his ears and his dry wit. He was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betty, and their sons, Robert Andrew III (Andy) of Houston, James William (Jim) and wife Connie of Dallas, and John Charles and wife Susan of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Libby, Wes, Will and Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Etha Harper Harrison and half-brother Louis Harper.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library or St. John's United Methodist Church of Rockdale, TX. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Stephani Galvan, Bob's caregiver, and the staff of Little River Healthcare - Rockdale Hospital for their outstanding and compassionate care.
A memorial service for family and friends is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, June15, 2017 at St. John's United Methodist Church, Rockdale, TX. Final interment will be at a later date in the Palmerville Cemetery in Palmerville, NC.
Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, TX - http://www.phillipsandluckey.com/
Published on June 13, 2017
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