Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1957

Joe Harper JOE WAYNE "SKIPPER" HARPER, 62, was born in Ranger, TX on Jan. 17, 1939, and was in the Ranger High School Class of 1957. He was the son of Emily Louise Jenkins and Joe Bailey Harper (RHS-1933). Skipper died on Feb. 15, 2001. Skipper married Carol Ann Meeks in September of 1962, and adopted her son, John Taylor Harper. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Pharmacy in 1963, they had their 1st daughter, Julia Ann, in 1963, their 2nd daughter, Nanette Leah, was born in 1964 and their 3rd daughter, Renee Louise, was born in 1969. After owning and running his own pharmacies for years he began working for the State of Texas, Long Term Care Regulatory in 1991. He made surprise inspections of state funded nursing homes around the state to insure the proper care and medication of our elderly. He felt he had found something that made a real difference in the lives of many people. Skipper loved to snow ski, cook, was self-taught in computer programming and loved Texas. He was survived by his wife of 29 years, Carol, his son John Harper, daughter-in-law Pamela and grandchildren Ashley and Dustin of Taylor, TX, daughter Julia Robbins, son-in-law Ron and grand- children James, David and Katherine of Cedar Park, Texas, daughter Nanette Harper and grandson Zachary Wayne of Cedar Park, TX, and daughter Renee' Harper and future son-in-law Randall Payne of Austin, TX. Also surviving are his brother, Charles Harper (RHS-1960) of Rockport, TX, his brother Thomas Harper & sister-in-law Brenda Harper of Buda, TX, and many cousins, nieces &nephews.