David Furman Harper

September 23, 1961November 6, 2018
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People who knew David saw the necklace and ring he wore every day with the symbol of the Patriarchal cross. It had great meaning for him because it symbolized his commitment as the patriarch of his family. He was a protector and comforter. True to his calling, he spent his entire life taking care of others. David Furman Harper was born on September 23, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland, to David W. Harper and Carolyn Harper Sawyer. David was a very spiritual person. During his youth, he was a devoted member of the Zion Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was baptized at an early age.

David was a very smart and inquisitive young man. In high school, he found his true calling in life, when his chemistry teacher, who was a former U. S. Army Intelligence Analyst, inspired him to become one, also. Upon graduation from Southwestern High School, David immediately enlisted in the United States Army, fulfilling his childhood dream.

On April 16, 1979, David was blessed with his first daughter Kel-Landa (Kelly) Robinson. David later welcomed a second daughter, Natasha (Tasha) Harper, on May 12, 1991.

David devoted most of his career to serving the citizens of the United States in the Army, first on active duty, then in the reserves, and finally as a civilian employee. After serving for 12 years, David retired from active duty in 1992. His time in active duty afforded him the opportunity to live on the islands of Okinawa, Japan, and Oahu, Hawaii. It sparked his love of all things tropical. David loved being in uniform so it was not surprising that immediately upon his retirement from active duty, he joined the Army Reserve. During his tenure in the reserves, David served as a Course Manager and Senior Instructor for recruits who were learning to be Intelligence Analysts. Shortly before he retired from the Army Reserve in 2003, David began his civilian career with the Army where he returned to his roots as an Intelligence Analyst.

David never lost his desire to help those less fortunate than himself. As such, after he left active duty, he took a job as a Weatherization Supervisor and Coordinator for the Cumberland Community Action Program. The weatherization program assisted low-income families in lowering their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Eventually, David moved to the North Carolina State Office of Weatherization and became a State Auditor. In this position, he oversaw the weatherization programs for over 40 counties.

Furman, as David was affectionately called by his family, was a Renaissance Man who excelled in the physical, intellectual, artistic, and social fields. He had eclectic taste in books and music, was an avid Baltimore Ravens fan, and loved to indulge in fine dining. He was also an excellent chef. He never encountered a recipe that he did not think he could make better by injecting his unique twist. Furman loved to cook for family and friends, often sharing his creations with his co-workers. However, his main love was photography. He loved nothing more than acting as the official photographer for weddings and family gatherings. David also loved dogs and was the proud owner of three Shiba Inus. He selected this breed because of their similarities to a wolf, an animal he greatly admired. They are known as a difficult breed to own, however, David was up to the challenge.

On July 15, 2011, David married his soulmate, confidante, and partner in life, Lori Jackson, and gained a son, Kevin Brown, which made his family complete. A highlight of their union was their mutual love of travel, which reignited his love of photography. In their short time together, David and Lori travelled extensively, both domestically and internationally, which brought David much joy.

David leaves to cherish in his memory his loving wife Lori Michelle Jackson; three children: Kelly, Tasha, and Kevin; one grandson, Christopher; his parents, Carolyn Sawyer (David) and David Harper; three sisters: Sherri Harper (Earl), Lois Sawyer, and Davida Harper; mother and father in-laws, Marion and Donald Jackson; brothers-in-law, Duane Jackson (Kristin) and Donald Jackson (Tiffany); and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.


  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 19, 2018

David Furman Harper

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Denise Penn

November 17, 2018

Dear Sherri and family, so sorry for your loss. Nothing ever prepares us to lose a loved one, but may you find comfort in the love of others who grieve with you and in memories. The Penn family extend our sympathies to you and your family. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Irish headstone
May God be your comforter at this difficult time.

Larry W Davie Sr

November 16, 2018

To the family of David Harper;

My thoughts and prayers goes out to you in the loss of a father, son, friend and brother. I have known Dave since the early 90’s in Hawaii. Dave and I worked together for over three years rotating on shift work, and over 13 years here at Ft. Belvoir. We came to know each other as family and very good friends. I will truly miss Dave as he would come by just to say hello or to give us what really happening in the real world of intelligence. Dave was a great analyst often time spending many hours to ensure the information being put out was correct the first time. Always willingly training others. Even as he worked for me I often felt that I was working for Dave. For the past 29 plus years we have had some good times. If you wanted to know how to be a good family man, husband or dad go no further then Dave. I have many stories I would like to share some time. But know this Dave was my boy! God bless and keep you in his care.

1SG Ret Larry W. Davie Sr.
35 Sapphire St
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Erik Christensen

November 13, 2018

I remember meeting Dave for the first time in 2007. I was impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the subject matter we were discussing and his willingness to improve not only himself, but the organization. He had a passion for his work and in helping others as well. Our organization was made better by having him in it. Thank you to him for his service and to his family for sharing him with us.

Victor Anderson

November 12, 2018

My deepest sympathies to Dave's family and loved ones. I served with Dave in Korea in the mid-1980s, and had the pleasure of working with him again in the early 2000s. He was an exceptional soldier, and a tenacious, professional, and amazingly gifted analyst.

We knew him, we'll remember him, and he will not be forgotten.
To absent companions.

Guy Tirk

November 12, 2018

My sympathies to Dave's family. I had the honor of working with and knowing Dave since 2002. He was respected by myself and all that worked with him. Thank you for sharing him with us as we are all the better for it. He'll be missed but not forgotten.

Rick Benton

November 11, 2018

Nothing hurts more or hits harder than to hear of the loss of a person that was a true friend. David and I worked together in the Weatherization Assistance Program in the early 2000's. He always had something going on always digging at that computer always taking pictures and he taught me more about a computer than any school could. Dave and I traveled together during work and kept in contact through the years when he left NC. I'm just glad God gave him the opportunity to live his life out loud and enjoy his last days. Dave I'm gonna miss you and that wild humor you had. I love you man and may you forever rest in power. To the family: Just know he was a good soul..A real true brother.

Paula Johnson

November 11, 2018

My sympathies and prayers to Dave's family. I served with Dave in NC back when we were junior NCOs. We worked together again as civilians in VA. Dave was always willing to share his knowledge, views and opinions with everyone. He was one of the kindest men I've had the pleasure to know. God bless him.

Keith Hanssen

November 8, 2018

My deepest sympathies to Dave’s family. I’m very saddened to hear of his sudden passing. Dave and I worked closely together for years at Ft. Belvoir. I’m very thankful I was able to know such a kind, humorous, and energetic person. His presence and voice were so strong, yet gentle and comforting. I can’t imagine how much he will be missed by his family and friends.