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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

OBITUARY

Rowland Harper Jr.

October 7, 1946March 10, 2020
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Rowland Harper, Jr. (73), surrounded by his adoring family, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and is now with our heavenly father.

Rowland was born and raised in Norfolk, VA to the late Rowland Harper and Mary Williams. His Norfolk roots were solidified by attending Booker T. Washington High School and Norfolk State University. Rowland served as a merchant marine and later started working at Norfolk Naval Station, where he would retire after 38 years of service. He was a longstanding president of the Federal Managers Association, having held office for approximately 32 years. Rowland loved his sports (especially the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles),traveling all around the country with his wife to destinations like Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Niagara Falls and their annual Christmas and New Years destinations in Florida, keeping busy by helping his son at his car lot, and entertaining friends and family no matter the occasion. Being with family was so important, he also helped his wife in her real estate adventures by helping her fix up homes to buy, sell and rent.

Rowland leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 43 years, but they were really together for 46, Mary E. Harper; his three sons, Rex Harper, Lawrence White Jr. (Patricia) and Rowland Harper III (Victoria); a host of grandchildren; another host of great-grandchildren; two sisters, Diane Fitzgerald and Estelle Mintor (Sam); and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Rowland Harper; his mother, Mary E. Williams; four sisters; and two brothers.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 1 - 2pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, with a chapel service at 2pm, followed by entombment within the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens at the Hope Mausoleum. To share a memory or message of condolences, please visit www.WoodlawnNorfolk.com

  • FAMILY

  • Mary E. Harper, Wife of 43 years, but they were really together for 46
  • Rex Harper, Son
  • Lawrence White Jr. (Patricia), Son
  • Rowland Harper III (Victoria), Son
  • Rowland Harper, Father (deceased)
  • Mary E. Williams, Mother (deceased)
  • Diane Fitzgerald, Sister
  • Estelle Mintor (Sam), Sister
  • A host of grandchildren
    Another host of great-grandchildren
    Four predeceased sisters
    Two predeceased brother
    A host of extended family and friends
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Frenchie White
  • Bradley White
  • Michael Minor
  • Montrell Warren

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Entombment: Hope Mausoleum Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Repast Saturday, March 14, 2020

Memories

Rowland Harper Jr.

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Tony Giddens

March 16, 2020

I’m sorry for your loss.

Cynthia Edwards

March 13, 2020

Rest in peace Uncle Rowland....
You're loved and will be greatly missed!

Melvin Jackson

March 13, 2020

Good Man and would always school me on something.. I mean every conversation was something I could use in life.. sending lov to my brothers rex and roland and especially Mrs Harper..

Mert Spalding

March 13, 2020

I would like to send my condolences to Mary and the Harper family. Rowland was my supervisor at PWC and a Good man. He and I would share conversations about almost anything, he helped me to step up in positions at the rigger shop, in other word he gave me guidance. When he would have an event at his house, I would get a call from him inviting me to his parties. He will be Greatly Missed. Fly High My Brother, Fly High

Robert Wynn

March 12, 2020

With love

mark Hirtz

March 12, 2020

That was a nice tribute show for Rowland. A quiet giant of a man, and great neighbor for mom, for many many years, and helped often. She sure was blessed having the two of you as "family". Thanks for it all. Mark

Kimberly Griffin

March 12, 2020

Rest in heaven Uncle Rowland you will be dearly missed.

Kimberly Griffin

March 12, 2020

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