He was a member of Sharpe Church of Christ and was a self-employed truck driver.
He is survived by two daughters, Nina Mae Burnett of Paducah and Angela Renae Harper of Georgetown; two sons, Pastor Michael Joe Harper of Paducah and Mitchell Ray Harper of Ledbetter; one sister, Diane LeMay of West Virginia; and special friend Marie Alsip.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Jane Harper. His parents were Rueben Harper and Daphney Tally Martin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31 at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home. Lance Cordle officiated and burial followed in the Little Cypress Cemetery.