Kirk Edwin Harper

Kirk Edwin Harper was born September 28, 1960. He died peacefully in his family home on Sunday Nov. 24 from lung cancer. Kirk was preceded in death by his loving parents, Patrick R. and Freda Harper of Williamstown, W.Va. He is survived by his daughter Bethany Ann Harper, his grandsons Avery and Max, brother Pat Harper, Uncle Gary Battin (wife, Carol) and nephews Levi, Corey and Andy Harper.

Kirk was a graduate of Williamstown High School and was an avid Jackets fan. He loved the outdoors, especially being on his boat on the river fishing. Over the years Kirk made many friendships in the Williamstown community. He was always willing to help others. When offered money for his help, Kirk often refused and instead of money would take a discarded item he could repair. Kirk was known for being a MacGyver in his ability to find a solution to problems.

Aware of his impending death, Kirk was comforted by listening to the scripture being read to him and knowing his friends and family cared for him. As a final way of helping others, Kirk donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University so that students could learn and in return, help others. He once commented, “I finally get to go to college.”

The family asks as a tribute to Kirk that those who knew him complete a random act of kindness and to remember his mischievous smile.

“Well the goodle days have passed and gone. A lot of good people have done gone on. That’s my life when I sing this song in the goodle days.” — John Hartford.