Ed Harper, 71. June 1947-November 2018.


Newspaper families are the backbone of the Fourth Estate. They are the soul of press associations. There are many great newspaper families in North Carolina, some go above and beyond to support their association. The Harper family certainly stands among the tallest of that august group. Both James Harper and Ed Harper have served as president of the NCPA. Margaret Harper served as secretary-treasurer of the association for several years. Sadly, we've lost Ed. It is a great loss for his family, his community, his newspaper and his association.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harper family and the staff of the State Port Pilot.


A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 3 pm on Sunday December 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St,Southport, followed by a gathering at Old American Fish Company, 150 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport.

Please click HERE for Ed's obituary.