December 11, 1925 – August 26, 2020 Born Dec. 11, 1925 in Raleigh, and raised in Asheboro, Cleveland “Harper” Thayer was the son of Cleveland Thayer and Helen Earle Harper Thayer. Tall and robust as a hickory, Harper lived an excellent 94 years. Harper is lovingly remembered by his household and buddies for the quiet and unassuming method wherein he utilized his industrial engineering expertise to organizing supplies, duties and schedules, whereas nonetheless being accessible to hear attentively and assist out at any time when doable. In difficult occasions he was calm and targeted. At different occasions, a crinkling of his eyes and a sudden burst of laughter revealed his humorousness. Harper was lively within the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle after which the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Eagle Palms. He was later proud to attend the Eagle ceremonies for each of his sons, Cleve and Laurence, and two of his grandsons. Harper accomplished highschool at Oak Ridge Army Institute. He then served within the Military for 2 years throughout World Battle II. On the age of 18, he was a jeep driver in France and Germany with the 100th Reconnaissance Troop of the 100th Infantry Division of the seventh Military. Typically sporting a towel round his neck, Harper would clarify, “I received chilly in France, and I’ve by no means been heat since.” After finishing his navy service, he matriculated at North Carolina State School, the place he graduated summa cum laude with a level in industrial engineering. In 1952, he married Julia Ross Lambert in Asheboro, and final Might they celebrated their 68th marriage ceremony anniversary. Collectively they constructed their residence in Morganton, raised their kids, collaborated on Julia’s craft tasks and shared a love of journey and studying. Harper was a registered Skilled Engineer for 40 years. He labored for Dan River Mills and Blue Bell, Inc. till 1955, when he got here to Morganton to move the engineering division for Shadowline, Inc. He labored there for 37 years as Vice-President of Engineering and Vice-President of Manufacturing. An lively member of Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton, Harper served in numerous capacities. He was on the sacristy eight occasions and was Junior Warden eight occasions. As well as, he served as Scoutmaster for the troop affiliated with the church and was additionally a youth advisor for 12 years. Harper served on the finance committee and was accountable for particular funds for over a decade. After he retired, he cataloged each grave within the previous church cemetery. He and his spouse, Julia, have been instrumental within the creation of a memorial backyard and donated a Celtic cross for the backyard in 1997. Harper served on the Morganton Recreation Fee and was a constitution member of the casual, jovial and lively “West Union Athletic Membership.” He additionally labored as chairman of the Morganton Board of Elections for a number of years. Harper was a member of Rotary for 65 years and served a time period as president of the Morganton Rotary Membership the place he was acknowledged as a Paul Harris Fellow. Harper beloved to be bodily lively. He performed tennis recurrently till he was in his late eighties, remaining versatile by taking common yoga classes at Phifer Wellness Middle. Harper exuded a ardour for endurance outside actions. He biked, the complete Blue Ridge Parkway in sections, from Entrance Royal, Va. to Cherokee and in addition hiked over 1700 miles of the Appalachian Path. He additionally made many week-long canoe journeys on rivers all through America, however primarily within the lakes of Quetico Provincial Park on the Canadian facet of the Boundary Waters, which he loved within the firm of a “band of brothers”–local buddies and fellow paddlers–and typically his son, Cleve and Cleve’s sons. Within the Adirondacks, Harper’s daughter, Ross, and her sons have been additionally in a position to be a part of the paddling journey. Reminiscences of Harper embrace “Granddaddy” jury-rigging a sail for a canoe and cooking up a stack of untamed blueberry pancakes on a forged iron skillet over a campfire. Along with his spouse, Julia, Harper is survived by his three kids, Cleveland Harper Thayer Jr. and his spouse, Janet Lyn Thayer, of Pacific Grove, Calif.; Laurence Lambert Thayer of King George, Va.; and Julia Ross Thayer Henderson and her husband, Robert Paul Henderson Jr., of Dedham, Mass.; and by his 5 grandsons, Drew Cleveland Thayer and his spouse, Lillian; Pine Hancock, who not too long ago gave beginning to Harper’s nice grandson, Baxter Huntington Thayer of Denver, Colo.; Reed Wells Thayer of Davis, Calif.; Paul Thayer Henderson of Los Angeles, Calif., David Lambert Henderson of Denver, Colo., and Patrick Harper Henderson of Boston, Mass. The household extends their deep appreciation to the caring workers at Grace Ridge Retirement Group and to compassionate caregivers Kim Bingham and Sandie Collier. A celebration of life can be held at Grace Episcopal Church at a future time. Memorials could also be directed to the Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Backyard Fund, 303 South King St., Morganton, NC 28655; or to the Library Basis of Burke County, 204 South King St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Residence www.sossomanfh.com
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