OBITUARY

James “Jimmy” Harper

James Madison Harper III of Southport left us on the night of July 6, 2018, after a short battle with leukemia while in the company of the one who loved him most. He has joined others who have gone before him, including his father James Madison Harper Jr., his mother Margaret Taylor Harper and his daughter Margaret (“Meg”) Harper Tuttle. He has left behind many who love him dearly, including his beloved wife Edna Virginia (“Ginger”) Harper, his brother Edward T. Harper, his son James Madison Harper IV, his son-in-law Lawrence Joseph (“Joe”) Tuttle, his daughters Virginia (“Gina”) Canady Gouger and her husband Scott Stanley Gouger and Anna Myers Canady, his grandchildren Margaret Kathleen Tuttle, Clay Harper Tuttle, Jonah Foster Gouger, Joshua Lee Mote, Marissa Alexandra Mote and AngaElla Canady Watkins, his loved ones Robert Watkins, Tonya Watkins, Jessica Mote and Shaun Mote, special nieces Morgan Harper and Julianne Hollingsworth, countless other nieces, nephews and cousins, and Jahaila (“Josie”) Morris Harper, the mother of Jimmy’s son James and his late daughter Meg.

Born in Southport on October 7, 1938, Jimmy spent his life recording—in words and in pictures—the world around him. After graduating in 1956 from Southport High School, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied English and was involved in the Navy ROTC. Jimmy graduated from UNC and served in the Navy before going on to write for various newspapers—including the Chicago Tribune, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Detroit Free Press—during which time he earned numerous awards and two nominations for Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism.

Jimmy eventually returned to Southport and began taking award-winning photographs for the same newspaper to which his parents dedicated their own lives. From then on referred to simply as “the camera dude,” Jimmy felt at ease behind the lens and especially enjoyed capturing quintessential Southport images and special family moments on film; even more, he loved capturing the joy and spirit of his dear Ginger.

He was a pillar of the Southport community, loved by all who knew him, and remained a loyal member of Trinity United Methodist Church until his death.

Jimmy will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, a dedicated father, an ever-present grandfather and a man of remarkably subtle wit. In addition, his love for fishing and for gardening will live on in those whom he taught to fish and to garden, and his pictures will always remain treasured mementos, allowing those of us he left behind to see the world through his loving brown eyes. We will miss him terribly.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to any of the following organizations that meant so much to Jimmy:

— SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals (123 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517);

— Southport Fire and Rescue (1011 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461);

— Margaret and James Harper Jr. Library (109 W. Moore St., Southport, NC 28461);

— SECU Hospice House of Brunswick-Lower Cape Fear Hospice (955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422);

— Dosher Memorial Hospital (924 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461);

— Trinity United Methodist Church (209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC 28461).

Or any cancer research organization of one’s choice.

Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

James “Jimmy” Harper

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CHARLES JOLLY

July 15, 2018

Ginger, I am very sorry for your loss.

Kathy Wesselman

July 14, 2018

Ginger,
The pictures you have shared online tell a story of love and devotion that is a shining example to all. Praying for you and asking for peace and comfort in your time of great loss.
Will and Kathy Wesselman
Knoxville, Tennessee

Rhonda Davis

July 12, 2018

It’s not how long a man lives in this world but how deeply he was loved and how big he lived his life. In your moment of grief, remember that he was a kind and incredible man.

Bob Gubar

July 12, 2018

Jimmy was such a lovely person to be around. Always a smile, and interested in you. He had a gentle touch and his talent to see through a camera lens can not be expressed in words. He love for Ginger was everywhere. They were truly soulmates. He will live on as his work will touches more people every day!

Pat and Jim Conklin

July 12, 2018

Ginger and Harper Family, We are so sad to hear about the loss of your dear Jimmy. His memory lives on through the lovely images he captured of the place he called home. Our deepest condolences.
Col and Mrs James T. Conklin
Jim and Pat

Sherol Lappala

July 11, 2018

Ginger:
Our hearts break for you.
He will be so missed.
Love,
Sherol Lappala and Brian Quinn

Linda Pukenas

July 11, 2018

Dear Ginger and Family,
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you during this very difficult time. We will always remember his kindness and sense of humor. We feel blessed to have met him.

All our love,
Rick & Linda Pukenas

Artis Reed

July 11, 2018

Dear Ginger,

My deepest condolences to you and blessings to your family during this most difficult time.

Warmest Regards,
Artis

Artis Reed

July 11, 2018

Dear Ginger,

My deepest condolences to you and blessings to your family during this most difficult time.

Warmest Regards,
Artis

Larry Modlin

July 11, 2018

Goodbye for now, Jimmy. We will keep you posted, as I add you to my list of dear friends that have journeyed on from this rock to another place. Few men would ever dream of leaving this many people behind that love them as you are loved. Your footprints were enormous on this world. No one will erase all the good that Jimmy Harper did while in this life. You made Southport a better place. Every athlete that played any sport in this area will forever remember and cherish the camera guy, that put them on the covers, and in the pages. Travel on my friend, and smile on the face of God.
Larry Modlin