Mary Magdalene Perry Harper, 87, departed this earthly life on August 7, 2016. Mary was residing in Arlington, TX at Avalon Memory Care Center at the time of her passing. She was born in Greenville, NC on August 28, 1928 to the Reverend Jonah Griffin Perry and Mary Nobles Perry, she attended high school in North Carolina and later in life completed her Bachelors and Master's Degree in Elementary Special Education from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Mary taught elementary special education for many years in the Nashville Metropolitan Public School System and was a faithful and lifelong member of the Church of God. In 1998 she received her Exhorter Certificate from the Church of God and was authorized to preach and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mary is survived by two sons, Perry Harper of Fort Worth, TX and Robert Harper of Prince George, VA, and their spouses; sister, Christine Gray of Hopewell, VA; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. followed by a 2:00 p.m. service on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home located at 214 N 6th Avenue, Hopewell, VA. Burial will immediately follow at Appomattox Cemetery in Hopewell. Online condolences may be registered at www.memorialfh.com.