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Elois Harper

Elois Harper

January 29, 1927 - September 17, 2020     Age: 93

Mrs. Elois Taylor Harper, 93, of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away at 4:31 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at her residence. 

Mrs. Harper was born on January 29, 1927 in Hazlehurst Jeff Davis County, Georgia.  She was the daughter of the late Clifton Monroe and Winnie Olive Sears Taylor.  

Ms. Harper attended school in Hazlehurst, Georgia and later graduated from Jones Business College in 1958 It was there she met her future husband, Virgil H. Harper. They were married  on March 9, 1960.  Mrs. Harper came to Fernandina in 1960 to work first at the Fernandina Federal Savings and Loan and then ITT Rayonier in 1960.  After working first as the Personnel Secretary at ITT Rayonier and later promoted to Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Harper retired in 1988. 

After retirement, Elois and Virgil enjoyed a full life of fishing, enjoying their grandchildren and lots of fish fries for their Sunday School Class.  She was a long time member of First Baptist Church and the Bykota Life Group Sunday School Class. 

Mr. Harper passed away in 2012.

Mrs. Harper leaves behind Larry (Bully) Brewer (Ruth Anderson Brewer); Judy Harper Sapp; and Jacqueline R. Harper.  She has two deceased children, Gwendolyn J. Anderson (James L. Anderson, Deceased) and Michael G. Harper (Sharon B. Harper).  There are fourteen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren and twin great great granddaughters.  Mrs. Harper has two surviving brothers, Comer Taylor of Alva, Florida) and Bertis Taylor of Hazlehurst, Georgia, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

The family and friends will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020. 

Services will be held at the Oxley-Heard Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on September 21, 2020.  The Rev. Zach Terry will officiate with grandsons Rev. Phillip Anderson delivering the eulogy and  Rev. Michael Sapp and great grandson Caleb Anderson  providing music.  Mrs. Harper will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

The pallbearers will be her grandsons Phillip Anderson; Greg Brewer, Michael Sapp; Cole, Kyle, Coby and Cade Harper.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1600 South Eighth Street, Fernandina Beach Florida 32034.

7 Condolences

  • Peggy Dennard Posted September 18, 2020 4:07 pm

    Elois will be greatly missed by friends and family and everyone she touched. She was a sweet Christian lady who loved the Lord.

  • Jimmy Deas Posted September 19, 2020 9:11 am

    A dear, sweet lady. It was my privilege to be her pastor.

  • Susan Dunn Posted September 19, 2020 11:51 am

    Laurel, Michael Conklin and Susan Dunn sent our prayers to Mrs. Harpers family and friends. She and her bright friendly smile and conversations will be missed. We so enjoyed having her as a neighbor,

  • Laverne. Craig Posted September 21, 2020 6:26 pm

    Elois was a lady of many talents, sewing,,her flowers, cooking and her passion Fishing! Her fishfrieswere enjoyed by friends and neighbors ,the more who showed up the happier she was! Sharing was her gift from God and many were blessed to call her friend.She loved her Lord , her church and family.

  • Susan Crews Posted September 22, 2020 8:24 am

    I send my condolences to Mrs. Harpers family and friend’s

  • Steve Music Posted September 28, 2020 10:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms.Elois. May God Bless and comfort all of her family and friends

  • Steve Music Posted September 28, 2020 10:15 am

    I am so sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Ms.Elois. May God Bless and comfort all of her family and friends

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