Walter Neil Harper

April 7, 1949April 23, 2021

Nashville, TN – Walter Neil Harper

Walter Neil Harper passed away at his home on April 21, 2021, at the age of 72. Many friends simply called him “Neil”, his sister and nieces referred to him as “Bubba” or “Uncle Bubba”, and his three grandchildren lovingly knew him best as “Doozy” (inspired by the Dusenbury family name). For the sake of the rest of this honorary Thank You note, we shall address him as Neil.

Neil was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frances Neil Harper and Walter Dusenbury Harper, and his beloved sister, Jane Harper Bussell.

Neil grew up in Florence, SC and Murrells Inlet, SC surrounded by the Harper and Dusenbury and Neil families. As he would often describe it, Neil had a very charmed childhood. Following high school graduation, Neil followed his best friend to Nashville where he graduated from David Lipscomb College and went on to call Nashville home.

Neil Harper is survived by daughter and son: Emily Harper Beard (Chuck) of Nashville, TN, John Harper of Holt’s Corner, TN; 3 grandchildren, (Ethan, Andrew, and Avett).

“For a man who did not have much, he sure did love everything(one) he had.” – Chuck Beard, son-in-law.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 12:00 Noon – 2pm, followed by a memorial service at 2pm, both at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Woodlawn Memorial Park, 660 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN. In leu of flowers, a donation may be made in honor of Neil Harper to either Belmont Church at or our Tennessee State Parks at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021


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Richard Jung

April 28, 2021

Neil always added a special glow, a solid man of Christ with a heart of gold.

billy copeland

April 28, 2021

i have known neil for over fifty years...he adored his children

Dan Harrell

April 27, 2021

My family moved to Florence South Carolina when I was enter the 3rd grade the beginning of a life long friendship with Neil and me and our parents. Best times remembered shared summers at Murrells Inlet, beach music and spending days on the inlet fishing for crabs. Rest well and look forward to seeing you someday and hope you will have a guitar to play those Beatle’s songs we loved.

Mike Bouldin

April 26, 2021

Neil was a good friend and I will miss him. He is with Jesus, so I look forward to seeing him again.