James Dale Harper

By Staff report

James Dale Harper, 71, of Boaz, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

Dale was born in Paducah, Kentucky, on March 25, 1946. He was a member of Abundant Life Pentecostal Church and retired as a truck driver after over 40 years on the road, sometimes driving over 4,000 miles per week and over seven million miles in his career.

Dale was generous to a fault, which meant that he gave of his time and energy to those he loved even when he was pushed past exhaustion. Described as a "walking atlas" by his family, Dale knew by memory roads, highways and cities through which he had driven. He was also a mechanically inclined handyman who could troubleshoot and fix nearly anything. He adored his dog, Jello, and spoiled her with high quality food and treats.

Dale is survived by his wife, Linda Lou Harper; two daughters, Melissa (Michael) Brindley of Lewisburg, Kentucky, and Michelle (Joey) McKinney of Mayfield, Kentucky; brother, Joel Harper of Paducah Kentucky; grandchildren, Casidy (Emily) Gooch, Ethan Brindley, and Josh, Jake, and Haley McKinney; and great-grandchildren, Jace and Jack McKinney.

Preceded in death by his parents, Uriah and Nellie Stone Harper; and brother Charles.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Paducah with the Rev. Alvin Swan officiating.

Burial will follow at Maplelawn Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Abundant Life Pentecostal Church, 2210 West Hovekamp Road, Paducah, KY 42003.

You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.