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Funeral services for Fred A. Harper are Saturday

Funeral services for Fred Autrey Harper, 77, of Grady County, GA, will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Long Branch Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Gary Harper, Rev. Rod Brinkley and Pastor Johnny Moore will officiate.  Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Active pallbearers will be Randall Beatty, Junior Harper, Bill Harper, Steven Howell, Hunter Harper, Mike Nix, and John Melnick.  Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Joyner, Ronnie Ezell, Ricky Singletary, Gary Singletary and Steve Carlton.  Mr. Harper passed away at Grady General Hospital on Thursday, October 22, 2009.
Mr. Harper was born in Grady County, GA, on May 9, 1932, to the late Charles Wesley Harper and Vera Richter Harper.  He was retired from the wholesale seafood industry and he attended Long Branch Baptist Church.   
He is survived by:  wife, Eleanor Harper of Cairo, GA; daughters and son-in-law, Karen Thomas of Cairo, GA, Sharon and Flynt Johnson of Ochlocknee, GA; grandchildren, Amy and Johnny Cumbaa of Whigham, GA, Brack and Leigh Ann Dukes of Calhoun, GA, Robert Douglas Thomas of Cairo, GA, Peyton Marie Johnson of Ochlocknee, GA, Reagan Kenslee Johnson of Ochlocknee, GA; great-grandchildren, Logan Autrey Cumbaa of Whigham, GA, Andrew Braxton Cumbaa of Whigham, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews .
Mr. Harper was preceded in death by: his parents, Charles Wesley and Vera Richter Harper; sisters, Foy Tilton, Myrtle Willis, Luva Howell, Martha Nell Bowman; brothers, Van Harper, Carl Harper, H. A. Harper, Wallace Harper, Albert Harper, Anderson Harper, Wayne Harper, Raymond Harper and Billy Ray Harper.  
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.

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