Aug. 21, 2012
The Vols career record-holder for catches and receiving yards by a tight end, Reggie Harper passed away on Sunday at the age of 53. Harper was an All-SEC selection as a junior in 1979.
The Hartsville, Tenn., native was a four-year letterwinner from 1977 through 1980, playing in 40 games as a Vol. He still holds the Tennessee record for career catches by a tight end with 98 and receiving yards by a tight end with 1,141. Harper scored seven touchdowns in his career.
As a freshman in 1977, he burst onto the scene with 30 catches for 331 yards and a score. In 1978 he had single-season bests of 31 catches and 356 yards. In his All-SEC campaign of 1979, Harper had 24 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, Harper corralled 13 balls for 131 yards and two scores.
Here is more information regarding Harper.
Reginald (Reggie) Harper (53) entered into eternal rest on Sunday August
19th, 2012 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon, TN. Reggie was a
1977 graduate of Trousdale County High School, and a former University of
Tennessee football player under Coach Johnny Majors. He leaves to cherish
his memory one son Michael R Harper (Hartsville). Granddaughter Tatum
Mooneyhan, (Lebanon). Father Robert Key (Helen) Timberlake (Nashville),
Brother Rodney Solomon (Lebanon), sisters Kristi and Kysha Timberlake
(Nashville), and a devoted Aunt Juanita (Rais D) Adams (Hartsville).
Funeral services were conducted by Strawther & White Funeral Home at the
Jim B Satterfield Middle School (the old High School) at 2 p.m. on Saturday
August 25th, 2012. Visitation begins at 12 noon.