Earl J. 'Pete' Harper


Earl J. "Pete" Harper, 79, of Paducah passed away at 7:07 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019, at Baptist Health Paducah.

Mr. Harper was a Chief Engineer in the river industry and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also a member of Woodlawn Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Paducah, VFW Post 31 of Paducah, and VFW Post 5595 of Princeton, Kentucky.

He is survived by one son, Christopher Allyn (Annette) Harper of Paducah; one daughter, Carletta Ann Harper of Paducah; one sister, Ann Read of Paducah; five grandchildren, Mason, Micah, Noah, Rachele, and Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Beulah (Joyce) Harper; his wife, Eva Ann Harper; and one sister, Janie Harper.

Services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Woodlawn Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Paducah with Rev. John Herndon, Todd Belt, and Tim Threatt officiating. Burial with military rights will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton, Kentucky.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations made to the American Cancer Society, 3140 Parisa Drive, Paducah, Kentucky, 42003.

Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle online at www.hughesfuneral.com.

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