Name:   Thomas Marion Harper

From:  The Daily Statesman, Dexter, Missouri
Date:  June 5, 1942

Thomas Marion Harper was born May 4, 1854 and died May 27, 1942 at the age of 88 years and 23 days.  He was born and resided in the vicinity east of Bloomfield all his life: has outlived most of his boyhood friends.  He had devoted his entire life to farming and had witnessed many progressive changes in ways and means of farming; having used the crude implements of pioneer days and seeing them replaced by modern machinery and witnessed the rapid development of the county.

He was united in marriage to Susan Rebecca Patrick, October 21, 1877.  To this union 10 children were born, one of whom preceded him in death.  Those surviving are Lily May Parker of Illmo, Minnie Eva Aslin of Dexter, Bessie Lee Wilson of Cape Girardeau, William Jackson, Thomas Marion, Ruben Lafayette, all of Bloomfield; Elizabeth Patterson of Georgetown, Texas; Martha Manerva Robinson of Dupo, Ill., and Lou Elzie Grayum of Flint, Mich.  He also leaves 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; 1 brother Jack Harper of Poplar Bluff and many other relatives.

He professed a hope in Christ in 1911 under Rev. Butler's preaching and united with St. Joe General Baptist Church and remained a member until his death.  His companion passed away Nov 7, 1929.

Funeral Services were conducted by Rev. Levi J. Williams, assisted by Rev. T. D. Davis.  Interment in Bluff Cemetery, Chiles service.