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Thomas "Marty" Harper

Obituary for Thomas "Marty" Harper

October 17, 1958 - April 16, 2022
Murray, Kentucky | Age 63


Mr. Thomas "Marty" Harper, age 63, of Murray, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022, at his home.

Mr. Harper was born on October 17, 1958, in Princeton, Kentucky. Marty was the owner of Harper Farms and co-owner of Shoemaker Enterprises. He was a former co-owner of Growers Loose Leaf Tobacco Floor in Murray, New Enterprise Tobacco Floor in Mayfield, and the Grain Terminal Port of Murray. Mr. Harper attended Elm Grove Baptist Church and was a 1976 graduate of Calloway County High School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Shoemaker.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Chaney Harper. They married on July 20, 1991, in Murray, Kentucky. He is also survived by his son, Daniel Thomas Harper and wife Chloe of Dexter, Kentucky; mother, Peggy Wilson Shoemaker of Murray, Kentucky; sister, Lisa Shoemaker of Murray, Kentucky; brother, Dean Shoemaker of Murray, Kentucky; as well as one grandchild, Charlie Beth Harper of Dexter, Kentucky.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Rev. Tim Palmer and Bro. Clint Gentry officiating. Burial will follow in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959 or to the Elm Grove Cemetery Fund, 6483 State Route 94 East, Murray, Kentucky, 42071

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J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Elm Grove Cemetery Fund
    6483 State Route 94 East
    Murray, KY 42071

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201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
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