MELVIN M. HARPER
Funeral services for Melvin M. Harper, 83, of McKinney who died Saturday at Hinton Nursing Home in Farmersville were held at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church of Princeton with Revs. David Griffin and Mike Tignor officiating. Interment was in Ridgeview Memorial Park with Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in charge of the services.
Harper was born Jan. 1, 1903 in Collin County, the son of Marvin and Lucy Russell Harper, and married Delzie Douglas on May 23, 1926 in Clear Lake, Tx.
He was a retired school principal for the Princeton I.S.D., he was active in NRTA and one of the first presidents of that organization. Harper graduated from Wylie High School and received his B.S. and M.A. from East Texas State University. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton as well as a member of the McKinney and Princeton Masonic lodges.
Survivors include his wife, Delzie of McKinney and a number of other relatives.
THE HARPER FAMILY
Nancy Jane Harper was born in Kentucky, June 2, 1832. She married James Vaughn Russell in 1849 settling in Wylie in 1859.
Nancy Jane’s father was ___ [sic] Harper and he married Matilda Richardson. Nancy’s family moved to Missouri from Kentucky and were neighbors to the Russell family in the 1830's and 1840's.
The children born to Nancy Jane’s parents were:
Nancy Jane who married James V. Russell
Robert Harper married Louise ___. They settled near Wylie in the 1850's. Their children were Josephine who married W. M. Colson and Martha who married a McCorrey.
John Harper married Jane Bateman, were early settlers near Wylie. Their children were Julia and Hiram Harper.
Louis, Wilson, and Hiram were three more sons. Their marriages are unknown.
Sarah Harper married James Bateman, an early settler at Celina and Wylie. Their children were:
Matilda, who married Jim Harper;
Mollie, who married Bill Evans;
Nancy, who married Bill Evans;
Ruth, who married Bob Wade;
Sam, who married Amanda Walters;
John who married ___ Harper.
The original Harper family remained in Missouri. Mr. Harper died in the 1840's and his wife Matilda Richardson Harper married Hiram Russell. To this union were born two children, Martha who married Landrum King, and Harriet who married John Lewis and Ike McDowell of Wylie.