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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Leon Harper are 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 23,  at the 29 Eleven Church in Tahlequah. Officiating will be Rev. Roy Hood and Rev. Terry Stone. Pallbearers are Bobby Robertson, Trae Robertson, Dale Lee Glory, Joe Collins, Darius Taylor, and Jason Taylor. Interment will be in the Starnes Cemetery in Fort Gibson, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com. The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Green Country Funeral Home. Leon Harper unexpectedly left his family and friends while driving down the highway in Tahlequah, Nov. 18, 2015. After suffering a massive heart attack, he pulled off the highway just in time to make his final ride to meet our heavenly father face to face. Leon was born July 4, 1940, in Tahlequah, to Charlie and Maggie (Patton) Harper. He attended Bagley Elementary Schools and Tahlequah High School. Leon was a member of the 1958 class of Tahlequah High School, getting his diploma from Tahlequah High School by obtaining his last week’s credits in the US Army. Leon married the love of his life, Etta Mae Railey, May 9, 1959, in Fort Gibson, just prior to his departure to Germany. He was honorably discharged from the US Army in March of 1964. Leon was owner and operator of Triple H Masonry for many years. He was a skilled brick layer and master at his trade. He and his brother, Ray, had worked together in this trade most of their adult life. Leon was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; loving daughter, Michelle Collins; four brothers, and three sisters. Leon leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 56 years, Etta Mae; son, Michael Leon; daughter, Pam Lollis, all of Keys; daughter, Paula Hood and husband Roy of Broken Arrow; daughter, LaDonna Robertson and husband Bobby of Tahlequah; son-in-law, Joe Collins of Keys; sisters, Estelle Crow and husband Lawrence of Tahlequah, Maxine Ryals of Olathe, Kan., Shirley Glory and husband Dale of Tahlequah, Martha Maynard of Tulsa, and Brenda Billings of Big Cabin; grandson, Trae Robertson; granddaughters, Shelly McCartney, Shelby Hood, and Bailey Robertson; two great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Leon’s smiling face, sense of humor and dependability will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a man that was loved by all family members and friends. Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 918-458-5055.
Published on  November 23, 2015
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