Alfred Homer Harper


Alfred Homer Harper, 93, of West Covina, CA, formerly of Beckley, WV passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Covina, California after a long illness.

Born in Keenan, WV, he was the son of the late Oliver C Harper Sr and Ada (Glover) Harper.

Alfred proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War 2, spending time in Germany, Japan and the Philippines. He formerly taught mathematics at Trap Hill High School, Shady Springs High School and Woodrow Wilson High School. He worshiped with his family at the United Methodist Temple where he enjoyed singing in the chancel choir before moving to California. He joined the West Covina United Methodist Church in California with his daughter's family and continued singing in the church choir there.

Alfred had several pastimes throughout his life, spending his spare time as a football, baseball and basketball coach and referee. He was an avid gardener and started a Christmas tree farm in Abraham, WV when his children were young, taking them along to plant seedlings, shaping the trees as they grew each year. He sold Christmas trees for many decades in Beckley and Prosperity and was known for giving trees away for free when folks stopped by and could not pay.

Preceded in death by his loving wife, June (Peters) Harper, son Wesley Allen Harper, grandson Jordan Alexander Harper, brother Oliver Harper Jr., brother Joe Harper and nephew Douglas Wayne Harper.

He is survived by his children, Jeanette Gay Harper, Mark Edward Harper and wife Vickie Harper, Anita Sue Harper Chan and husband Clinton Chan; grandchildren, Kerry Elizabeth Harper, Jacquline Renee Harper, Wesley Harper Jr. and husband Gabe Owen, Amanda June Chan and Adam Jordan Chan, and great grandchildren, Joseph Harper and Shane Workman Jr., numerous nieces and nephews as well as countless former students and athletes.

Please join us in celebrating his life at the United Methodist Temple on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Visitation at 10am, funeral services at noon, followed by a graveside service at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
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Published on December 22, 2018
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Patricia E Allen
Jan 30, 2019
In loveing memory of Alfred. Harper lm looking for any family members who would be willing to talk to me about his family Please call 13049346763 🙏
Harold Erskine
Dec 23, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of Al's crossing over. May the Lord embrace him and hold him close for all eternity.
Clyde Harper
Dec 23, 2018
So sorry to hear of Alfred's death? Certainly a great cousin and wonderful human being.
Loved to hear him talk about his football teams. He left so many beautiful memories for me.
jody mays
Dec 23, 2018
so sorry to hear of al passing, i remember him from shady spring high school, where he coached the varsity football team.
Michae o reed
Dec 23, 2018
Mr Harper was one of the finest men I know he taught me at Woodrow in 1978 he was a great teacher who will be missed.