Gerald "Jerry" Eugene Whitlock Harper

Gerald "Jerry" Eugene Whitlock Harper

Gerald Eugene Whitlock Harper was born on July 6, 1930, in Prentice County, Mississippi, to the late Luther Elder Whitlock and Alice Gertrude Moran Whitlock. She was one of eight children born to this union.

Known to all as Jerry, she graduated from Baldwin High School in 1949.

Jerry received her Nursing Degree from the Baptist Memorial Hospital Nursing program in Memphis.

On Oct. 1, 1952, Jerry moved to Lafayette to begin her nursing career and never looked back. After 40 years of nursing, Jerry retired in 1992. She could not fully retire and began volunteering at Macon County General Hospital, Knollwood Manor Nursing Home, and the White House Assisted Living facility.

Jerry had a kind, gentle, and giving spirit.

On Aug.12, 1955, Jerry married the love of her life, Harold Dean Harper. They were blessed with one daughter, Gara Lynn Harper Overton. Jerry and Harold spent more than 55 wonderful years together.

Along with her parents, Jerry was also preceded in death by: her husband, Harold Dean Harper; daughter, Gara Lynn Harper Overton; brothers, L.C. Whitlock, Gaddis Romaine Whitlock; sisters, Katherine Rowland, Shirley Allen, Trannie Rogers, Helen Gentry; and nephew, Joe Ellis Rowland.

Jerry absolutely loved fishing. She also loved her flower garden and always had some of the prettiest flowers. Jerry enjoyed baking for people and going to yard sales.

Jerry was saved by the sweet Lord's grace as a young girl.

At age 13, she joined Parker's Chapel in Pratts, Mississippi, and then moved her membership to Lafayette First Baptist Church in 1951 when she moved to the Macon County area.

On May 14, 2019, at the age of 88, Jerry was called to her Heavenly home. Her testimony of salvation as a young girl assures us that Jerry is now at peace, with no more pain or suffering.

Jerry had a kind, gentle, and giving spirit. She made an immeasurable impact on each person she came in contact with.

Jerry will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Jerry is survived by; her son-in-law, Jeff Overton; sister, Louise Tripp; nieces, Sherry Laird, Karen (Roy) Storms, Tonya Rogers, Janet Wilkins, Patricia Allen; nephews, Mike Whitlock, Mickey (Sylvia) Gentry, Clay (Cindy) Allen.

Funeral services were conducted on May 16 from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home, with Jeff Blackwell officiating. Interment followed in Macon County Memorial Gardens.

Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.