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Funeral services for Carolyn Sue Harper, Weatherford, Oklahoma resident, will be held Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 10:07 A.M. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Weatherford, Oklahoma with Brother David Lawrence officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, Oklahoma at 2:07 P.M. under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.
Carolyn Sue (Irwin) Harper was born to Clark Buckner and Estelle Juanita (Owen) Irwin on February 26, 1938 in Chickasha Oklahoma, the little sister to Rex, Tex, and Don.  Sue accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at 16 and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Chickasha.  A prayer warrior for Christ, she went to be with her Lord and Savior and other family members on Saturday June 3, 2017.  Sue graduated from Chickasha High School in 1956.  Sue attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha (now USAO) on an Alumni scholarship.  On August 30, 1957, she married Melvin Dean "Dick" Harper at her parent's home in Chickasha.  Born to them were Jimmy Dean and Johnny Bryan.  Sue worked several odd jobs until 1964 when she began her long career in Soil and Water Conservation by going to work at Chickasha USDA watershed planning office.  As a young girl growing up on the Little Washita near Ninnekah, Sue and her family were flooded out three times.  Years later, a watershed work plan ended up on her desk.  It was a plan for the same area in which her family had been flooded. It pleased her greatly to know that flooded area would be corrected. In 1968, Melvin, Sue, and the boys moved to Hinton. Sue was able to continue her conservation career at North Caddo Conservation District.  In 1971, the family moved to Weatherford and once again Sue was able to transfer and continue her conservation career at Deer Creek Conservation District.  Sue retired from Deer Creek in April 2005, but remained as an associate director until 2012.  Sue was recognized throughout her career with several awards.   In 2000, she was awarded the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District Employee of the year and in 2012 was voted in the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Hall of Fame as a "Friend of Conservation".
Sue and family have been long time members of Emmanuel Baptist Church Weatherford. Sue served on several church committees, sang in the church choir and taught Sunday school to the youth girls. Sue (aka Sergeant Sue to church families) always reminisced of the church, school and sporting activities spent with the Graybill, Selsor, Overton and Gaunt families.  As time passed, Jim and John were blessed with four daughters and Sue made it a point to attend their activities as time permitted.  Sue also enjoyed gardening, antiquing, and researching genealogy.
Sue and Melvin were married 46 years until Melvin's passing in July 2003.  Sue was then married to Loy Brown from April 2005- August 2015.  Sue is survived by her two sons Jim and wife Kathy of Forney, Texas and John and wife Christine of Weatherford; grand-daughters, Nikki and husband Blain Perkins of Weatherford, Courtney Harper of Yukon, Oklahoma, Tiffany and husband Trevor Beiland of Weatherford and Hannah Harper of Forney, Texas; great-grandchildren Tyson Beiland, Tymber Beiland, Reed Perkins and coming soon great grand-daughter Harper Perkins.  Other family survivors include: sister-in-laws, Janet Irwin and family of Del City, OK, Etta Faye Irwin-Smith and family of Clovis, CA; sister and brother-in law Barbara and Dale Brennan and family of Lawton, Ok; as well as other cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her parents, brothers Rex, Tex and Don and special cousin, her "sister" "Bobbie" Stovall.
Jim, John, and families extends a special thanks to Faith Hospice, Corn Heritage Village of Corn and Weatherford, David Lawrence, Dr. Jay Huser and to all family and friends who have lifted Sue up in prayer during her sickness.  It is requested that memorials to be made toALZ.org, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Weatherford or Weatherford Lady Eagles Basketball.
Published on June 6, 2017
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