Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 14, 2012

A.B. Harper


CROSSVILLE — July 15, 1915—April 12, 2012

A.B. Harper, 96, of Southlake, TX, passed away April 12, 2012, in Southlake, TX. A memorial service will be held May 19 at 11 a.m. at Fairfield Glade Community Church, 924 Snead Dr.

A.B. was born July 15, 1915, in Clarksville to Burr and Nettie Harper. He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Marie Harper, and his daughter, Gwenn McKinzey. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who cared deeply for his family.

A.B. began his career as a school teacher in a one-room school in Lafayette, TN. During World War II, he worked in secret on the atomic bomb project in Oak Ridge. A.B. later became a design engineer working on solid rocket motors in Huntsville, AL, and nuclear vessels in Chattanooga. He was a passionate fisherman, bridge player and golfer.

Survivors include son, James Harper and wife, Zo, of Westlake, TX; grandchildren, Sherry McKinzey of League City, TX, Barry McKinzey of Tuscaloosa, AL, Lesley Bartley and husband, David, of Brentwood, TN, and Jay Harper and wife, Lindsay, of Carmel, IN; and great-grandchildren, Vincent McKinzey, Hadley Harper, Cole Harper and Harrison Bartley.

Should friends desire, memorials may be given to the Lion's World Services for the Blind, 2811 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72204.

J.E. Foust and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.