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WAVELAND --- Robert F. Harper, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in Biloxi.

Mr. Harper was a native of Indianapolis and had been a resident of Waveland for the past 13 years. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Bay St. Louis and was the past pastor of Waveland Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II where he was a prisoner of war and received the American Theater ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern ribbon with one bronze star, the Good Conduct medal, the Purple Heart medal, the Distinguished Unit badge and a Victory medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 77 in Waveland, the VFW in Kiln and the DAV.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, T.O. and Esther Giplon Harper.

Survivors include his wife, Esble W. Harper of Metairie, La.; a son, Timothy Harper of Beach Grove, Ind.; two daughters, Judy Bare of Mooresville, Ind., and Mandy McKinney of Slidell; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Dupas, Sandra Slaven and Glenda Butler, all of Metairie; a sister, Juanita Smith of Winter Haven, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 7 to 10 tonight at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis. A service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel followed by a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery.

(The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, 20 Dec 2000, Page A7 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker

(courtesy of "Jan291"

Grave marker for Robert F. Harper in Plot: 53, Site 319 of the Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi (Harrison County), Mississippi.

His wife Esble joined him in rest at this site 10 years later/

Pvt Harper was a member of Company C and was taken prisoner on June 6, 1944 in Normandy.  He was released from Stalag 7A nearly a year later.