Gerald Allen Harper, a legend, who left an indelible mark on the Southside of Chicago and beyond. Gerald's remarkable journey through life was characterized by a commitment to family, a pursuit of knowledge, and a dedication to personal growth.
Born and raised on the vibrant streets of the Southside of Chicago, by the age of 14 Gerald, his brother Willie, brother Oran and sister Sabrina relocated to Chicago Heights. At the tender age of 16, he embarked on a journey into the world of martial arts, earning two coveted black belts in Tae Kwon Do.
Gerald’s academic pursuits led him to Bloom High School, where he graduated as a member of the class of 1973. His thirst for knowledge then led him to Illinois State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business and Administration. This educational foundation became the cornerstone upon which Gerald built his legacy, evolving into a serial entrepreneur and an astute owner of various ventures.
Above all, Gerald held two core values close to his heart: Family and Ownership. After completing his college education, he invested in properties in his college town and returned to his beloved Chicago, where he expanded his holdings and managed a multi-unit building, aptly named after his cherished children.
December 15, 1979 Gerald married his college sweetheart Annie Reese and shortly after they welcomed their beautiful daughter Cepia Yvette Harper and two years later they welcomed Cenica Harper in his college hometown ISU.
During his time at Illinois State University, Gerald experienced a profound transformation when he became an ordained minister. This pivotal moment marked a turning point in his life as he embraced a new path, following Christ and using his education to uplift his family and anyone fortunate enough to seek his guidance and wisdom.
Gerald was renowned for his originality and memorable trademark phrases and acronyms, such as "B, B, B, B “ D, D, D, D," and the widely known "A, B, C, D, F." These served as a testament to his unique approach to life and his commitment to sharing valuable life lessons.
In the wake of Gerald’s passing, we remember a true legend who touched the lives of countless individuals with his wisdom, kindness, and unwavering dedication to those he loved. His legacy lives on through his family, friends, and the community he so profoundly influenced.
Gerald Allen Harper will forever remain in our hearts as a shining example of resilience, determination, and the enduring power of love. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
He is survived his son Cenica Harper (Los Angeles, CA) his daughter Cepia Harper; sister Sabrina Harper, brother Oran Harper sister Katina Harper brother Charles Harper & brother Kinton Harper. Granddaughter Danayja Harper, grandson Ty Harper, grandson Daniel Harper & grandson Anjelo Lott. Nephew Dejuan Hudson Michaiya Roberson, nephew Tejuan Harper. His favorite cousin’s Skin Cooper, Dana Cooper, Kirby Cooper & Kirk Cooper. Traci Givens, Dennis Dashell & Lil Dennis Dashell Tasha Tolbert & Rickey Tolbert. Cousin’s Warren Cooper Jr. & Orrin Cooper
Messages of condolences may be sent to www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home Inc. and Crematory of Douglasville is in charge of the arrangements.