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Betsy Harper

July 14, 1925 April 8, 2019
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Obituary for Betsy Harper

Betsy Harper, 93, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 AM at the Grifton First Christian Church, followed by a graveside service for the family at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Cemetery in Snow Hill.

Betsy Brown Hodges and Drew S. Harper, Jr., were married on November 23, 1950 in Belk Chapel on the Queens College campus in Charlotte, NC. Betsy, who was born on July 14, 1925 and grew up in Grifton, was the daughter of Gladys Brooks and Marvin Brown Hodges.

Betsy won a Beta Club scholarship to attend Queens College in Charlotte where she graduated with a B.S. degree in 1945. She completed a Masters degree in business education and business at East Carolina University and an Ed. Doctorate degree at N.C. State University in 1970. Her teaching experience included positions at Harvey Junior High School, Grainger High School, and Lenoir Community College, in Kinston. At the latter, she served as Business Department and Commercial Division Chairperson. Moving to East Carolina University in 1973, Betsy taught business education and was Director of the ECU Cooperative Education Program, which she began in 1975. She retired from ECU in September, 1990.

Betsy was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, and was kind to everyone she ever engaged. She was a devout lifelong member of the Grifton First Christian Church and enjoyed her many years with the Grifton Garden Club.

In addition to her parents, Betsy was preceded in death by her husband, Drew S. Harper, Jr.
Betsy passed away peacefully in her home and will be missed by all that knew her. She is survived by her son, Drew S. Harper, III and wife, Cynthia Lee; daughter, Loede Brooks Harper; grandson, Drew S. Harper, IV; and her beloved dog, “Sis”; first cousins, Harvey Clarke Carroll, Jr., of Abilene, KS, John Brooks Carroll of Ottawa, Canada, and great niece, Melika Carroll Journoud of Washington, DC.

We all say goodbye to a gentle southern belle.

The family would also like to recognize her devoted caregivers, Peggy Simpson, Mandi Lee Raynor, Gladys Foster, and Clara Corey, all of Greenville. They remain our adopted family.

In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Grifton First Christian Church, PO Box 1119, Grifton, NC 28530; or an animal shelter of one’s choice.

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11:00 AM 4/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Grifton First Christian Church

103 Queen Street
Grifton, NC 28530

Grifton First Christian Church
103 Queen Street Grifton 28530 NC
United States

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St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

Snow Hill, NC 28580

0800044 Snow Hill 28580 NC
United States

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Grifton First Christian Church

103 Queen Street
Grifton, NC 28530

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