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Norman "Lee" Harper

November 1, 1941 — October 13, 2020

Norman “Lee” Harper, 78, of Madison passed away on October 12, 2020 at his home. He grew up in Bandytown, WV and was a member of Bandytown Church of Christ.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Cooper and Lorraine Pettry Harper and his brother Larry Cooper Harper.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 53 years; Ernestine Hunt Harper; daughter and son in law, Melanie Lea Harper-Allen and Jason Allen; beloved granddaughter, Madison Lee Harper Allen; uncle, Ray Pettry of Virginia; and a host of family and friends.

Lee was a teacher at Wharton Jr. High School and Van Jr. Sr. High School. He was also a coach, mentor and most importantly a friend to many students thru the years.

Flittering, fluttering all around the town up wind, downwind in its summery gown. Dancing, darting right before your eyes I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that’s how the butterflies.

Lee always had a witty comeback, or off colored joke, even an old story to share. He often responded when someone asked how he was doing, “I’m vertical” or another day another dollar, fifty cents after taxes.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Kevin Hill, PA who was a former student, health care provider for many years and a lifelong friend, and Dignity Hospice for your help and concern.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Bandytown Church of Christ, 12594 Chap Rd. Gordon, WV 25093 or Van High School 100 Bulldog Blvd. Van, WV 25206.

In closing Lee would always add his witty spin on a Shakespeare quote and say, “Parting is such sweet sorrow, but alas I must go.”

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020, Memory Gardens, Madison, WV with Tim Bailey officiating. Please bring a lawn chair, old story to share and a current event.

Friends may call 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Handley Funeral Home, Danville, WV.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines will be observed, with mask and social distancing encouraged.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Norman "Lee" Harper, please visit our flower store.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Memory Gardens, Madison, WV


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