Coach Jamie Raper
Funeral Date: 1/23/2017

Coach Jamie Raper, age 84, of Warren, Arkansas died Thursday, January 19, at Little Rock. He was born August 2, 1932 in Smackover, Arkansas a son of the late Homer Raper and Mamie Ruth Martin Raper. He received his education in the Smackover Public School System and was a graduate of Henderson State Teachers College. He served in the U. S. Army and was a retired Colonel Arkansas National Guard. He was an assistant coach for the Warren Lumberjacks under Coach Mickey O’Quinn and was named head coach in 1964 retiring in 1969. He was a Baptist. He married Mary Helen Williams May 31, 1964 at Warren and she died July 6, 2006. Surviving is a son Matt Raper and spouse Carrie, Warren, Ark; a daughter Amanda Gladden, Warren, Ark; 4 grandchildren Zachery Raper, Caleb Raper, Ana Raper and Mary Faith Owens and a great grandchild Alexxis Latiker. Funeral service was 1:30 Monday, January 23, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Reuel Cruce and Robert Dew officiating. Burial was in Garrison Cemetery with a flag presentation ceremony. Active pallbearers were Roger George, Ed Lain, Marion Glover, Bill Wisener, Tyler Rodgers, Ranner Rodgers and Ronnie Higgins. Honorary pallbearers were all fomer Lumberjacks and friends. Memorial preferred Calvary Baptist Church or Raper Memorial Fund c/o First State Bank, Warren.



Name: Robert & Laverne Laster
Message: He was a Great Christian man, I am proud to call him a friend.

Name: Ronnie and Barbara Higgins
Message: One of the good guys.

Name: Tammy Evans Hensley

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: My deepest sympathy to the family of this sweet man. What a treasure he was in the community.

Name: Bucky & Rhanda Wright
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Coach Raper was a wonderful person. He will be dearly missed! Bucky & Rhanda Wright

Name: Becky Quimby
Message: Coach was a GOOD man and his Christian walk reflected that goodness, as it should. A wonderful Sunday School teacher as well.

Name: John & Sandy Gavin
Message: We will certainly miss visiting with him on his bench each Sunday at Calvary Church.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: Prayers for healing hearts.

Name: WHS Class of 1972
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: Linda Pinson-Jones
Message: Prayers for the family.

Name: Nancy Stephenson
Message: He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Name: Linda &Philip Cathey
Message: I was saddened to hear about the passing of coach Raper. He was a wonderful man and all my memories are good ones. May God Bless each one of you at this time of sorrow.

Name: Eric and Jamie Corker
Message: Coach Raper was a great man and loved by all. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family.

Name: herman hines
Message: I had Coach Raper as a Teacher in Civics class and a couple years as a football Coach and later in life as a Friend, Good Man Jamie Raper, He will be missed. Prayers for the Family.a

Name: Lacy Humphreys
Message: I loved my Uncle Jamie more than words will ever express. My mother was his sister, and he was always a constant in my life. I could depend on him, and I always had the security of knowing he would be there for me. Yes, I already miss him, but I also know he fought the good fight and is now without pain - living a life of peace and tranquility with God and so many others who are so thrilled to be with him. Uncle Jamie, thank you for your example, your advice, talking about the Bible, and all you have meant to my life. I will always love you! Lacy

Name: O L Pearson
Message: Our thoughts and prayers for Jamie family. Jamie touched the life of so many in a special way. May God hold his family close at this time.

Name: Howard and Ann Freeman(Class of 1967)
Message: Once a Lumber Jack always a Lumber Jack. Only Coach I ever had.

Name: Ron Moseley
Message: Coach will be greatly missed. He has influenced my life greatly as I know he has many others. I will miss the private conversations we had as adults. Thankfully, We will see him on the other side.

Name: Charles Landers
Message: Not only a great coach but a true christian man as well. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Name: Jim & Emily Lasiter
Message: Coach Raper will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: SHERRY Glennon Starks
Message: Coach Raper was such a great man.He left a wonderful legacy.

Name: Mackey Martin
Message: As a younger cousin, I will always remember watching Jamie play in the State Championship football game as a Buckaroo. Lots of happy memories when he came to Bearden to visit his grandparents. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mackey and Kay Martin

Name: Suzanne Weiss Hoffer
Message: He helped make Warren an even better place to grow up.

Name: Coach Harold & Carolyn Tilley
Message: Our deepest sympathy.

Name: Bill Lovejoy
Message: All he ever wanted was the very best effort from his students and players.

Name: Marie Robinson & Raymond QuimbyC

Name: Rick Neill
Message: A man of few words. But, you listen to all of them. He touched many lives and all are better for having known him.

Name: David Hargis
Message: Many of his former players emailed one another this past week, sharing our experiences with Coach Jamie Raper. One former player from the mid 1960s wrote He was a dominant presence in my high school and a much revered man in Warren. I was just plain scared to death of him. I think he was one of the few people who saw through all of us. He never smiled in my direction. He also told me I ran like a goose. If he had chased me, he would have seen that I actually could have run much faster than he thought. Coach Raper, who had a truly great sense of humor, would have laughed at this observation.

Name: Sandra & Tommy Toole
Message: Prayers for the family. He was a good man , teacher, and coach.

Name: Ricky & Lorrie Davis
Message: So sorry for your loss. Coach was a wonderful, caring man, we will miss him...

Name: Glenda Scogin
Message: Prayers of comfort for all. Coach Raper was a good friend to Raymond and his brother, David, who also coached with him back in the day. He was a good guy!

Name: Klay & LaWanda McKinney
Message: What a great Christian Man. He will be missed.

Name: Sam & Brenda Mercer
Message: Dear Family, we are praying for you during this time. Coach Raper was a fine man & will be missed by all.

Name: Rhonda Dees & Barbara McDougald
Message: Amanda and Matt.. We are so sorry to hear about your dad. I have many fond memories of you all. Love & prayers

Name: Donna Couch Wilson Class of 1989
Message: Coach Raper was a fun, enthusiastic teacher. He made me fall in love with American History. RIP

Name: Rhonda Simmons
Message: Amanda and family, I am so sorry about Coach Raper. He was one of a kind. He truly loved his job and all of us kids. May God comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Kevin & Delois Kitchens
Message: We are sure going to miss him at Calvary Baptist Church. He was a good man.

Name: Lisa York Johnson