A graveside service for Lillie Manervia Chisholm Harper will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Old Town Cemetery, Intersection of LA-534 &, Triplet Rd, Haynesville, Louisiana. Officiating will be Reverend Fred Wideman assisted by Brother Jeff Tinsley. The family ask so kindly for everyone attending the service to wear a mask pertaining to a family members compromised health immune system.
Lillie was born May 25, 1928 in Atlanta, Arkansas to Georgia Mae Chisholm and Jessie Clayton Chisholm. Lillie passed away on February 18, 2022 at the age of 93. She grew up on a farm in Columbia County, the youngest of 5 children. She graduated from her high school as valedictorian tied with another student. She graciously told the other student that he could be the valedictorian and she would be the salutatorian. Lillie attended college at Southern State in Magnolia where she played basketball. While at college she worked in the infirmary and enjoyed taking care of the sick students.
In 1947, Lillie married Floyd Harper from Haynesville, a marriage which lasted for 62 years. They began living in Junction City where they owned a store with Lillie's sister, Alice and her husband Jimmy Wheelus. The Harpers moved to Haynesville in 1957 when Floyd was employed by Mid-Valley Pipeline. They raised their children, Gary and Sandra in Haynesville where they were active in service at First Baptist Church and in the community. Lillie and Floyd enjoyed their activities in life together. They loved to garden and fish, going on Camping trips with the family and extended family to Old River in Mississippi and Lake of the Pines in Texas. Lillie loved crafting, quilting, cooking and sewing. Lillie enjoyed taking part in the Claiborne Homemakers Club and 4-H activities in the parish. If you came to see mother, she wouldn't let you leave without a jar of pickles, canned chili sauce, or a jar of jelly. In their later life, Lillie and Floyd enjoyed many trips to Branson with their church friends, and they were known around the parish for their lighted Christmas displays at their home on Price Drive in Haynesville.
During her life, Lillie went back to school and obtained her LPN license. She took care of many Claiborne Parish families with her private duty nursing care for their loved ones. Lillie had a servant's heart like Jesus and loved and respected all in following him.
Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, who passed away in 2009. Left to cherish her memory is son, Gary Harper and wife, Lorie; daughter, Sandra Caraway and husband, Jay; grandchildren she adored, Jacob Caraway and wife, Jessica, Harper Caraway and wife, Laura, Katie Miles and husband, Brandon, Shelby Harper, Clayton Caraway and wife, Laura; great-grandchildren, Addison, Jase, Bradley, Grayson, Lillie Ann, Beau, Lily, Braden, John Harper, Reece and Clara.
With her declining health since 2012, Lillie has lived in Bossier City with Sandra and at Brookdale and Pilgrim Manor. The family appreciates all the care given to Lillie, with special thanks to sitters, Pat Jackson, Patricia Blaze, Gwen Cannon, and Michelle, Ki, Gayla, and other staff at Pilgrim Manor.