Max Douglas Harper, 76, of Athens passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at his residence. He was a native of Georgia and was the son of the late Howard T. and Eula Lee Green Harper. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Flynn Harper; a sister, Jewell Dean Harper; and a brother, Terry Lee Harper. He was of the Christian faith and was a Mason. He was a Union journeyman carpenter and retired from T.U. Parks Construction Company. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Dennis Howard of Athens; three sons and daughters-in-law, Max Alan and Lindsey Harper of Warner Robins, Ga., Randall and Robbie Harper of Delano, and Mark and Patrella Harper of Athens; nine granddaughters; six grandsons; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bobbie Joyce Harper, Fay Harper, and Glynnell Harper; two brothers, Lewis R. Harper and James Taft Harper; and a special friend, Clara Mae Robinson. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at McMinn Memory Gardens with Minister Richard White officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Family will serve as pallbearers. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, sign the guest register at Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Max Douglas Harper.

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