Wilton Max Harper Jr., 67, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 20, 1944 at Moyers, a son of the late Wilton Max and Iva Mae Hoover Harper.
He was a self-employed logger, and also had driven a tractor-trailer for Hanover Shoe Co. for 30 years. He had served in the U.S. Army. He loved the outdoors, fishing and animals, especially his pet squirrels. Junior was a great dad and granddad and enjoyed listening to bluegrass music while riding around the mountains with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Edie Harper, whom he married on March 18, 1978; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tish and Billy McDaniel and Abby and K.C. Hutchinson; five grandchildren, Breanna Judy, Damiaen Mullenax, Destiny Harper, Daisy Hutchinson and Skylar McDaniel; a brother, Charles Harper and wife Anita; a sister, Juanita Richards; an aunt and uncle, Bonnie and Bill Wimer, all of Franklin; three special nieces, Jane Ann Malcolm, Ashley Firor and Michelle Marshall; three very special friends, Roger Arbogast, Philip Halterman and Pat Hull; a number of nieces, nephews, greatnieces and great-nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Irma Mae Mitchell.
A funeral service was conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Burial followed at Harper Family Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Roger Arbogast, Philip Halterman, Pat Hull, K.C. Hutchinson, Billy McDaniel and Bob Terry. Honorary pallbearers were friends attending the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 727, Franklin, W.Va. 26807, or Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, Va. 24465.