Shelby Harper

Funeral services for Shelby J. Harper, age 87 of Sulphur Bluff, were Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Hood officiating.

Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Alex Harper, Chad Harper, Glen Martin, Jimmy Harper, Mike Harper and Ryan Harper. Honorary pallbearers were Dwyatt Bell, Harold Duke, Mike Griffith, Donnie Peters, Tommy Phillips, and Dee Wafford.
Mr. Harper was born Feb.  26, 1931 in Franklin County to Zadie and L.S. Harper. He was a graduate of Sulphur Bluff High School, where he won a gold medal in the mile run at the state track meet. He married Dixie Lynn Hare.
He was a rancher and a past board member and past board president of The Production Credit Association and Agriland.
He died Monday, April 30, 2018 at Mission Manor Healthcare Residence in Mount Vernon. He was preceded in death by his wife Dixie in March of 2017, and three sisters, twins, Iva and Viva Harper and Ruth Martin.
He is survived by his two daughters, Linda Owens and husband Donny of Mount Vernon and Kay Harper of Mount Vernon; two brothers, R. M. Harper of Mount Vernon and Jerry Harper of Bonham; two grandsons; and three great grandchildren.
 It lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cypress Basin Hospice, 207 Morgan Street, Mount Pleasant, Texas.