Bobby Joe Harper, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in the Woodall community, went to his eternal home Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. A funeral has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Tahlequah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Bishop Spencer Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Holland Cemetery in Tahlequah.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Bemo, Kevin Bemo, Ryan Davison, Neal Hance, Blain Johnson, Lyndon Johnson, David McCoy, Scott Manes and Mike Harper.
Joe began life's journey on May 12, 1933, in the Eureka community of Cherokee County, Oklahoma. The son of Charlie and Maggie (Patton) Harper, he attended Eureka Elementary School and went on to graduate from Tahlequah High School in 1951.
Joe married Roberta McCoy on July 9, 1982, in Tahlequah where they made their home together. Joe was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tahlequah. He found joy in working, and was proud to be a 58-year member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union No. 270 Tulsa, Okla. Besides working a regular job, Joe would many times be found tinkering with things in his own shop.
Even though he enjoyed his work, he always found time to relax and enjoy the outdoors to the fullest. He liked raising livestock and giving his dogs rides on the four wheeler if not on the tractor, or spending a little time moseying around on the back of a good horse. Joe was a true outdoorsman, taking the time to go hunting, canoeing, or anything else that looked like fun to him. Of all the joy Joe got out of life, nothing was better than spending the day playing with the grandkids. Joe was an amazing man and his smiling face and dependability will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those that completed this journey before him include his parents, grandparents, five brothers, and three sisters.
Left to remember his journey, and cherish his memory are, his loving wife, Roberta Harper of the home; daughters from a previous marriage, Rhonda Bemo and husband Lonnie, and Sherri Garrett and husband Kelly of Muskogee, Okla.; a son, Mark Hartness of Deerfield, N.H.; grandsons, Shawn Bemo and wife Ashley, Kevin Bemo and wife Mallie, Ryan Davison and wife Chelsea, of Muskogee, Okla., and Trevor Hartness and wife Andy of New Hampshire; one granddaughter, Amanda Hartness of Florida; four great-grandsons; four great-granddaughters; sisters, Maxine Ryals, of Olathe Kan., Estelle Crow and husband Lawrence, Shirley Glory and husband Dale of Tahlequah, Okla., Martha Maynard of Tulsa, Okla., Brenda Billings of Big Cabin, Okla.; brother, Ray Harper and wife Norma of Keys, Okla.; as well as many nieces, nephews, family member and friends.
Joe was an active worker for the Humane Society, a 501(c)(3)nonprofit, no kill animal shelter. The family asks those wishing to express their condolences to consider donations to the Humane Society of Cherokee County, P.O. Box 1354, Tahlequah, OK 74465.
Published on November 3, 2017