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Leland Ray Harper

January 16, 2012 by Anonymous

Tuesday, September 27, 1938
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 10:00am
White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford
Other Arrangements: 
Interment to follow in East Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at White's Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to: 
In lieu of flowers, the Harper family suggests donations to the Weatherford Education Foundation at WISD or the charity of your choice.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home

Leland Ray Harper

Leland was born September 27, 1938 in Weatherford to the late Raymond Leland & Addie Wiley Harper. June 26, 1958 he married his wife of over 53 years, Dorothy Ann Riggs Harper. Leland was a 1957 Graduate of Weatherford High School. He graduated from Weatherford College & North Texas State University in Denton (now known as UNT) with a degree in Education. Upon his College graduation, he was called to active military duty and joined the 49th Armored Division of the National Guard to serve during the Cuban Missile Crisis in Lafayette, LA. In 1961 he started his career in education at Travis Elementary in Mineral Wells where he taught for 5 years. Mr. Harper began his long career with WISD when he was hired by then, Superintendent Mr. Raymond E. Curtis, to be the 6th Grade Principal in the Old Weatherford High School building for 3 years on Alamo St. He then moved on to the Vice Principal position at Weatherford Middle School on Charles St. for 1 1/2 years. Mr. Harper then became Principal at Travis Elementary on Water St. until his retirement in June 1996. He was a member of the Optimist Club where he served as one time President and could often be heard announcing the PeeWee Football games on Saturdays. Leland enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, breakfast on Wednesdays with the other retired WISD employees and time with his family. He also coached Weatherford Little League baseball for 2 seasons when his son Lynn played. Leland loved telling stories and was a friend to everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-fathers, Clyde Glenn and Roy Besse.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; daughter Lea Anne Riedel and husband, Steve; son, Lynn Ray Harper and wife, Tabatha; Step-Brother, Bob Glenn and wife, Carolyn; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Ray and husband, Lee Roy; grandchildren, Landon Harper, Brittany Couch and Austen Riedel; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Sports Calendar

Thursday, February 26

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Jerry Durant Classic at Aledo, Time TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson Tournament, Time TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Grand Prairie Tournamnet, Time TBA.

Friday, February 27

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black at Regional Preview at Rawls Golf Course, Lubbock.

Tuesday, March 3

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Waxahachie JV Tournament at Waxahachie Country Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Crowley, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Crowley at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Wednesday, March 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity Orange at Glen Rose Invitational at Squaw Valley Golf Course Links Course.

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

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