James A. Harper, 83

Graveside services for James A. Harper, 83 of Swainsboro, were held Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Eastbrook Cemetery and Mausoleum with Dr. John Parker officiating. The family received friends Monday August 30, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Home. The family also received friends at 557 Calhoun Street, Swainsboro, GA 30401, the home of the late Roy and Jean Clements. He passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Emanuel Medical Center following a brief illness.

Mr. James A. “Coach” Harper was born June 16, 1938 in Jesup to James and Rita Bowen Harper. He was star teacher of Emanuel County in 1975 and 1985. Additionally, he was the Georgia Athletic Coach of the Year for girls basketball in 1974-75 and was inducted into the Swainsboro High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Coach Harper received a certification of participation from the American Red Cross. He graduated high school from Wayne County High School in Jesup and after high school, he attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1958, then went on to graduate from University of Georgia, where he was head of the ROTC. Coach Harper was a second lieutenant in the Army from 1960 to 1964 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He later attended Georgia Southern, taught school, and was principal in Emanuel County for 35 years. Coach Harper was a member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Mary Parker; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy and Jean Clements; and niece, Anna E. Van Horn.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois P. Harper of Swainsboro; brothers, Michael (Janet) Harper of Winder, Richard (Betty Alice) Harper of Greer, South Carolina, and Robert (Diane) Harper of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; brother-in-law, Dr. John (Eileen) Parker of Sylvania; sister-in-law, Margie Poole of Albany; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Pallbearers were John Rountree, Donald Jenkins, Danny Wayne Faircloth, Henry Terwilliger, Richard Reddish, Donnie Wilson, Nathaniel Billups, and Robert Surrency.

The family would like to thank the staff of Emanuel Medical Center for the loving care provided to him.

Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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