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Dick Harper

Posted By Jessica Twiford On June 15, 2022 @ 1:58 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 15 Comments


Dick Harper, 85, of Nags Head, NC, died peacefully June 13, 2022, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Chatham County, NC on April 26, 1937 to the late Clara and Wade Harper.

Dick attended NC State University and served in the Army. In 1958, he was stationed in Nags Head at the Nags Head Life Saving Station, which was an early warning radar site for the Cold War at the time. He loved Nags Head and lived there for the rest of his life. He served on the Nags Head Planning Board and the Nags Head Board of Commissioners. He was an avid fisherman, and served as president of the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club. He enjoyed a successful career for 25 years as a real estate agent on his beloved Outer Banks.

He was predeceased by his parents Clara and Wade Harper, his brother Carlton Harper, and his sister Joann Harper. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Howerton Harper, his daughter Tina Oneto and husband Tim Caudill, and their children Kateland and Sam, his son Rich Harper and wife Tami and their children Drew and Zane, and his son Britt, wife Nicole and their daughter Sophia, and two great-grandchildren Archer and TJ. He is also survived by his brother Billy Harper and his brother-in-law George Howerton and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the loving care of his caregiver, and friend Juasarra Dough, his daughter Tina, and the kind services of Adoration Hospice Care. His favorite things were having his family around him and cooking for family gatherings and time spent on the water with them. He will be so missed by his family, friends, and community.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Saint Andrews By-The-Sea Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, 103 East 8th Street, Nags Head, NC 27959.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


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Condolence from Thomas Fearing on June 15th, 2022 5:07 pm

Linda,my condolences upon the passing of Dick.Afew years ago I was fortunate to be at a graduation party for Drew and Brinnly,and got to do a bunch of jawing with Dickie. Discovered quite a few connections we shared and didn’t know of.Hope you all well .Tom F

Condolence from Gail Berndt on June 15th, 2022 5:53 pm

Dick was more than a co-worker or boss, he was my friend and a great cook. We shared so many laughs and good times. He will be missed by all who knew him. And remembered by all his friends always. God bless your family, Linda, you’re in my prayers. I love you both and am so very sorry.

Condolence from Laurie and. Pogie. Worsley on June 15th, 2022 6:48 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and family …
Rest in peace …
Laurie and. Pogie Worsley

Condolence from Joe and Sharman Haskett on June 15th, 2022 7:01 pm

Linda and family– we’re so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of days at Pine Island and fellowship, fishing.

Condolence from Junior Jones on June 16th, 2022 10:48 am

Linda and family.. As you know, Dickie gave me my first job on the beach..1968, dishwasher at the Colonial Inn Restaurant which no longer exists. He was a great boss and a GREAT friend! Over the years when we ran into each other we would always reminiscence about the old days. RIP buddy.
Linda, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Irma and Irving Forbes on June 16th, 2022 12:02 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from LINDA GRAY on June 16th, 2022 5:46 pm

So many memories: Colonial Inn Restaurant, Jockey Ridge Rest. and before that baby sitting Tina in Raleigh.

Condolence from John and Martha Mauney on June 17th, 2022 12:06 pm

Our deepest sympathies. The kindest gentleman we ever knew.

Condolence from Bonnie & Mojo Collins on June 17th, 2022 2:24 pm

To all of the family, our family loved Dickie. We are so sad to hear of his passing but his memory will always be a blessing. We and our boys both had a lot of admiration for Dickie and always enjoyed his company. A wise man who knew how to enjoy life, family, friends and a good laugh. We will always remember him as smiling and for his genuine friendship.

Condolence from Pat (Long) Crowder on June 17th, 2022 4:59 pm

So sorry for your loss, Linda and family. So many fond memories of my summers of 1965, 66 working with him at Colonial Inn and Jockey’s Ridge Restaurants.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on June 19th, 2022 8:48 am

Linda and family —
Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. It was a privilege to know Dickie, and I am grateful for his kindness and wisdom. Sincere sympathies to all of the family.

Condolence from Rita Rogerson on June 19th, 2022 8:04 pm

So sorry to hear about Dickie. I didn’t work with him very long but he was always so nice to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Condolence from Ruth O’Sullivan on June 20th, 2022 10:19 am

Linda- So sorry for your loss. I enjoy the short time that I worked in the nags Head office and got to know him. He was a very kind and generous man. When my granddaughter had her bad car accident, he would always ask ” How’s my girl Doing today”, even though he had never met her. I feel honored to have known him. My best to you and your family.

Ruth O’Sullivan

Condolence from Hannah Manos Nash on June 20th, 2022 2:45 pm

Ms. Linda and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Mr. Dickie at Resort Realty. I have so many fond memories of him and the mischief he enjoyed getting into. I am very thankful for all the laughs and good food we were able to share together. Sending you all my love and prayers.

Condolence from Kathy Bowman Sawyer on June 21st, 2022 7:01 pm

Dearest Linda and Tina and Rich and Britt,
Sorry to hear of Dickie’s passing. He was loved by many and he will be missed terribly by his lovely wife and children.

Dickie was always special to me. So very sorry
to hear of his death.

Peace be with you .
My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Kathy Bowman Sawyer

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