Donald E. Harper, 83, died Monday, October 7, 2019, after a long illness.
Don was born on the family farm in Carrollton, Missouri, on December 4, 1935, to Porter and Alma Harper. He was the valedictorian of his high school class and was a graduate of the University of Missouri. After graduation, he went to work for Union Carbide / Energizer Batteries in Milwaukee, where he met and married Nancy Borowski. After moving to Connecticut, their two daughters were born. In 1973, Don was transferred to Georgia and happily raised the family in the Dunwoody community. Don was an avid buyer and seller of John Deere tractors and Ford Mustangs. He truly enjoyed “wheeling and dealing” with the great people he met at car shows and auctions. Don still owned the family farm in Missouri which he continued to operate until recent years. He went there as often as he could - he liked living in Georgia, but his heart was in Missouri. He loved politics and spent many afternoons having conversations with the Fox News commentators. Don and Nancy are long-time members of Kingswood United Methodist Church.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Sheri Harper Champlin, and his sister, JoAnn Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy; his daughter, Joelle; two grandsons, Forrest and Ansel Champlin; his brother, Jerry; and numerous nieces and nephews. His Celebration of Life Service will be held at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Dunwoody on Saturday, October 12th, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the ALS Association, Kingswood United Methodist Church (4896 N. Peachtree Rd; Dunwoody, GA 30338), or McCroskie Creek Baptist Church (17350 CR 256, Carrollton, Missouri 64633).