Name:   Reuben Lafayette Harper
  The Bloomfield Vindicator, Bloomfield, Missouri
Date:  February, 1961

Reuben L. Harper dies in St. Louis.

Reuben L. Harper, 61, native of Stoddard County and an apartment custodian in St. Louis died February 9, at his home.  Born May 24, 1899, near Bloomfield, he made his home in the community until 16 years ago when he moved to St. Louis.  He resided there until his death.  He was married to the former Miss Thelma Alsup at Bloomfield.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Joe Harper of St. Louis, Don Harper of Bloomfield; Mrs. Virginia Grant, of San Antonio, Tex.; and Mrs. Linda Metzner of Sheboygan, Wis.; 7 grandchildren.  Also remaining are two brothers, William J Harper and T. M. Harper, both of Bloomfield, and four sisters, Mrs. Elza Grayum, of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Bess Wilson, of Cape Girardeau; Mrs. Neva Robinson, of Dupo, Ill.; and Mrs. Betty Patterson, of Georgetown Tex.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Idalia General Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Cooper, pastor of the church, officiating assisted by the Rev. Mack Williams.  Burial was in Bluff Cemetery under the direction of Chiles Funeral Chapel.