LUBBOCK - Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Bland E. Harper Jr. at 3 p.m. today at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, with reception following. Committal services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Texas. Our beloved Bland went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

He was born on Oct. 3, 1924, to Bland E. and Anna Harper in Brownwood. He served as a Marine from the Philippines to Iwo Jima in the South Pacific during World War II. Bland retired from Air National Guard in 1984 as a Chief Warrant Officer IV after serving almost 30 years in the Marines, Army, Army Reserves and National Guard. He developed a housing area in Brownwood and later owned property and casualty claims adjusting companies in Odessa and Lubbock. Bland was married to Donna Sammons in November, 1945, and they had three children. Donna preceded him in death and in June, 2002, he was married to Jeanette Holtzclaw and gained three more daughters. ? Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; daughter, Janell Lawrence; daughter, Debbie Rose-McDaniel; a son, Bland Harper and wife Sheryl; daughter, Lori Evans and husband Gary; daughter, Debbie McRorey and husband Joe; daughter, Marty Dalton and husband Bobby; and daughter Mary Mitchell; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Harper and wife Polly; and numerous nieces and nephews. ? Memorials are suggested to Southwest Cancer Center, 602 Indiana Ave., Lubbock, TX 79415. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Bland E. Harper Jr., please visit our Sympathy Store.