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Obituary of Callie O. Harper
Callie O'Bryant Harper's candle was lit December 29, 1924 in Dothan, Alabama. She was the fourth child of B. C. and Bertha O'Bryant. She received her early education in the Public Schools of Dothan. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Library Media Specialist Certification from Glassboro State (now Rowan University).
Her light shined from childhood to adulthood. Callie received Christ as her personal Savior at the age of eleven. She married the late Reverend Theophilus E. Harper, who preceded her in death after a marriage of 52 years. To this union was born three children. As First Lady in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she served the youth and women in churches her husband pastored, from St. Paul A.M.E., Birmingham, AL, to St. James A.M.E., Atlantic City, NJ, and St. Matthew A.M.E., Philadelphia, PA.
During her tenure at St. James, she supervised the Youth and Women's Activities and was a member of the Ellen Tyree (Tyree-Delaney) Missionary Society. During their 27 years of services at St. Matthew, she directed the Richard Allen Youth Center, founded the Women's Business and Professionals Club and the Sounds of Faith Choir.
In addition to her church work, she was employed as a Library Media Specialist in the School District of Philadelphia for twelve and a half years and in the Pleasantville School District for thirteen years.
She was a member of numerous ministries and organizations throughout her life. In the A.M.E. Church Callie served the Women's Missionary Society (WMS) in various capacities and on all levels, including, but not limited to former Treasurer of the Philadelphia Conference, First Episcopal District and the Connectional WMS of which she was a Life Member. She was also a member of the NJ Education Association (NJEA), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), World Federation of Methodist Women (WFMW), and NAACP Life member.
Callie traveled extensively. As a delegate to the WFMW, she journeyed to: London, England; Nairobi, Kenya; Honolulu, Hawaii. Other travels included Israel, Egypt, and the 110th Celebration of the WMS in Monrovia, Liberia; Southern and South Africa, the Caribbean and most of the USA.
Callie was an active member in the community serving in her "Mom duties." She was a Girl Scout Leader, Home and School Council President, and member of the Police Advisory Board of Philadelphia. Her community outreach services resulted in her becoming a recipient of the Chapel of Four Chaplains Award. She also received Missionary Service Awards; Distinguished Community Service Award, Excellence in Pursuit of Education (West Philadelphia District) and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monrovia College, Liberia.
God blessed Callie with a heavenly voice, a pleasant smile, an exuberant personality, and a genuine love for everyone she met. Her Candlelight was extinguished on November 20, 2019.
She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Theophilus E. Harper; son, Theophilus Errol Harper; sister, Lillian Roberts and granddaughter, Maika Simone Prewitt.
She leaves to cherish fond and loving memories: three daughters, Brenda Harper-Davis, Linda Harper-Brisco (John), Amy Harper; five grandchildren, Christopher McCray, Ericka L. Chapman, Rena N. Harper, Megan Davis-White (Reuben), Zachary Harper; three great grandchildren, Jemila A. Medley (Austin), Zane, Levi; one sister, Bertha O. Fordham; one daughter-in-law, Elaine Harper; one sister-in-law, Otto Harper; nieces, Byronette O. Watson, Rev. Cassandra Marcus, Adrienne Campbell. A host of nieces, nephews, and extended relatives and friends, whom she loved dearly.
Lovingly & Sorrowfully Submitted,
Funeral services will be 11AM, Saturday, November 30, 2019, Saint James AME Church, New York & Arctic Avenues, Atlantic City, NJ, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville, NJ.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.