Edwin “Fast Eddie” Harper, December 11, 1954~January 10, 2017

harper-edwinEdwin “Fast Eddie” Doyle Harper, 62, passed away on January 10, 2017 at his home in West Fork, AR. with family by his side after his long battle with illness.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Pamela, of 36 years; his daughter, Pam Kaney and husband, Ben; his sons, Josh Harper and wife, Angela and Brad Harper and wife, Jordan; 6 grandchildren, Avery and Alex Kaney, Mary Lou and Brentley Engler and Rachel and Noah Harper.

In his early years, Ed enjoyed racing motorcycles. Among many jobs he had, he was a disc jockey for 25 years at several night clubs in Fayetteville and Oklahoma. He got a thrill out of dirt track racing and loved working at Thunder Valley Speedway for over 15 years. He enjoyed racing there and at other local tracks and loved the people and all the dirt. Ed was also track promoter at Joplin and Monett Speedways for some time, too. In his later years, he worked as I.T. supervisor for a local architecture firm PB2.

He was an avid fisherman and gardener. Ed took pleasure in cooking, especially barbecuing and could likely be found tinkering in the garage with just about anything he could get his hands on; but his true love was spending time with his kids and grandkids, whether it was going on a Boy Scout camping trip or having a family dinner, Ed was always ready for a good time.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 5-7 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel.

Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.

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    Sean Murphy » 10. Jan, 2017

    I had the pleasure of working with Ed during his years at PB2. He is one of a kind and a great kind, gentle and comical person that I’m glad I got to know. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends he will be missed

    Drummond Family » 10. Jan, 2017

    Sorry to hear of your loss of Eddie.. We enjoyed many nights with him at Thunder Valley Speedway, he took great pride in working there he was the best on getting the track ready for racing. I know his family will miss him dearly.

    Kathy Large » 10. Jan, 2017

    Pam and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss him terribly. He was one of a kind and we are so glad that we were able to have such a wonderful and loving friend and will always cherish those memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We love you.

    Name » 10. Jan, 2017

    Dear Pam and family,
    We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Ed was a kind gentle soul. He was a pleasure to be with and loved the Fort Gibson Dam. He was a man whom stood solid on his principles and loved his family unconditionally. We had the pleasure of being a part of his life and will always reflect on his love of life and the outdoors. Ed, will be deeply missed! We will be praying for the family and will be here always!
    With love Richard and Debbie

    Susie Reddell » 11. Jan, 2017

    I had the pleasure of working with Ed at PB2. Ed was a very sweet and kind friend. He always had a quick wit. Always funny and so much fun to talk to and be around. He made our jobs better. Ed will be missed by so many who called him friend. I am forever grateful to have know Ed. He will always be remembered in my heart. I am praying for Eds family. May Our Lord Bless you all and may He give you the strength and comfort that you need at this time. Rest in Peace, my sweet friend, Ed.

    Dave Brewington » 11. Jan, 2017

    I had only known Ed for the last few years as neighbor… Always friendly and ready for a good conversation… it has been a pleasure getting to know him. It’s been a rough time for Ed and Pam these last months but he is finally at peace. Thoughts and prayers are with Pam and family.

    Regina Adams » 11. Jan, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man, disc jockey, and a heck of a dancer so glad I got know him

    Rtr. ASP Sr. Corp. Charlie Brooks and Family » 12. Jan, 2017

    We were so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a great longtime friend. Racing at Thunder Valley Speedway was a lot of fun. It was Ed’s excitement about everything about the race track that was one of the best things about race night. He was a great guy to be around. We, his friends, along with his family will truly miss him.

    Mark & Pam Swafford » 12. Jan, 2017

    Pam, Brad and family,
    We were so sorry to here of Ed’s passing. If there is anything we can do to help ease your burden over the next days and weeks, please let us know! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mark, Pam, Kris, Meghann and Jordan Swafford

    Steve Coppinger » 12. Jan, 2017

    Pam, Brad and the rest of Ed’s family I have not had the pleasure of meeting:

    My wife called me Tuesday evening to let me know of Ed’s passing. I was extremely saddened to hear the news. Regrettably, I was unable to leave Little Rock to attend the visitation or Ed’s service.

    Peppi, Brent, Max and I were truly blessed at being able to serve alongside Ed during many scouting adventures. I’ve cooked gumbo alongside Ed at summer camp. I’ve sold BBQ alongside him from his portable smoker to raise funds for the troop. I’ve enjoyed some of his food items baked in his cardboard box oven.

    Ed was a very, special man who had a positive influence on the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

    As has been said before, our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can be of service to you in any way.

    The Coppingers