Southern Hills Baptist Church
8601 S Pennsylvania Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
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Harper IIIAugust 16, 1953 - June 13, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY John Raymond Harper, III (Sonny), of OKC, has gone to be with his Lord and Savior. He is now at his fishing hole in the sky. Sonny was born at Tinker Air Force Base to John & Delores Harper on August 16, 1953. Sonny spent his infant years in Honolulu, HI where his father was stationed. In 1954, the family settled back in Oklahoma City, where in 1971 he graduated from Capitol Hill H.S. Sonny went on to play collegiate baseball at Central State University (UCO) until he hit a home run, and married the love of his life Debbie Davis on July 27, 1973. While serving with the Oklahoma City Fire Department he earned the rank of Major, and in 1997 he retired after 22 years of duty. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, where he became a 32nd Degree Mason. Sonny and Debbie owned and operated Brian Kyle Homes in OKC where he proudly built homes for over 33 years. He enjoyed watching OU football, and would frequent Lake Texoma where he fulfilled his passion, which was fishing! If he could, he would spend every day on the water, and he competed in many fishing tournaments. More than anything, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and the joy they brought to his life. He was preceded in death by his mother Delores Harper. He leaves behind his wife: Debbie Harper; his father: John Harper, Jr.; two sons: Brian Harper & wife Sarah, Blake Harper & wife Chelsea; his brother: Michael Harper & wife Renae; sister: Tina Simon & husband Joe; four grandchildren: Ethan, Alyssa, Asher, and Monroe Harper; as well as many other nieces, nephews, family & friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM June 16, 2018 at Southern Hills Baptist Church (8601 S. Penn) with burial following at Heritage Burial Park (4000 SW 119th St.) Friends may leave condolences for the family at vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published in The Oklahoman on June 15, 2018
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