Major Harper Jr. started his life's journey in Gonzales, Texas on November 27, 1940. He passed on December 28, 2022, at the age of 82 with his children and grandchildren by his side.
Major was preceded in death by his parents, Juanitta Harper and Major Harper, Sr. Also preceded him was his three siblings and two great-grandchildren: Willie Harper (brother), Joyce Viola (sister), Ethel Mae Lee (sister), Aayliah (great- granddaughter), and Phoenix (great- grandson).
Major leaves behind two sisters to celebrate his life, Annie Marie Butler & Johnnie Bell, along with a host of nieces/nephews, cousins, friends, and a group of best friends for over 6 decades.
He leaves six children: James Anthony Harper, Johnese Harper, Rachelle Harper, Jahson Jones, Myron Harper (Latrina) & Major D Harper-Terry (Sylvida). His fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to cherish the days spent working with him in one or more of his businesses, the jokes he told, the lessons he taught them, and the quality time he spent with each one of them.
Major attended school in Gonzales and graduated from Edwards High School. He then attended St. Philip's College in San Antonio. Afterwards, he went on to serve as a Radiologist Specialist in the
United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965. After his military service, he worked for the United States Postal Service while earning a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas Southern University. In 1972 he earned his Master’s Degree from Prairie View A&M University. He later relocated to Washington, D.C. and began his teaching career. He held several certifications: Lifetime Texas Teacher, Texas State Vehicle Inspector, and Texas Home Inspector.
While establishing himself as a resident of Houston, he became well known for his entrepreneurial spirit by incorporating many businesses. One being Harper's Auto Parts, later known as One Stop Auto & Hardware, where he served the community for over 45 years. During this time, he also became a licensed pilot and purchased his own Cessna airplane. He also ventured into politics in 1978 by running for State Representative. His many other businesses included: Major Harper Buick GMC Inc., Club Ciscos, One Stop Muffler, Quiznos, Pickfair Washateria, a van conversion shop, carwash, and a drive-in. He ventured into the real estate market by owning numerous properties as well as building several houses. Throughout his life, he was a well-respected person that family, friends, and the community looked up to.
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