George Belvey Raper – OBX Today
George Belvey Raper, 76, died peacefully with his family by his side. He was born on December 9, 1944 in Elizabeth City, NC to the late John Belvey Raper and Mary Stevenson Raper.
George graduated from Central High School in 1963. He enlisted in the US Navy SeaBee’s in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War. On his return he worked for LR Foreman Lumber Company. Soon after, he worked for Gardner Construction and found a love for construction.
He founded the plumbing company George Raper & Son in 1972. The company grew from a small plumbing business to an unrestricted, unclassified general contractor. In 1990, the company’s name was changed to Geo Raper & Son, Inc. As the projects grew, so did the company. Geo Raper & Son served the eastern part of the state to the center of the state. George retired in 2018 to continue working.
George loved to work, but his family was his world. George loved the beach and the summer days. He especially enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren. When George wasn’t working or with his family, he could read a good book or put together a puzzle. George’s family will miss his witty humor and his concern and compassion for family and friends.
In addition to his fifty-four-year-old wife, Linda Stafford Raper, George is survived by his three children, Steve Raper and wife Michelle of Raleigh, Stephanie Raper Propst and husband Franz of Rolesville, and Stacie Raper Smith and husband Matt of Buckhead, GA; and his five loving grandchildren, Madigan Raper, Preston Propst, Olivia Raper, Lucas Raper, and Elin Propst. George is also survived by his siblings Ray Raper, Joyce Taylor, Richard (Buddy) Raper, Earl Raper and Ronnie Raper and many cousins. In addition to his parents, George is preceded in death by his brother, Harry Raper.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the New Hollywood Cemetery of Military Honors provided by the United States Navy. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC serves the Raper family.
You can extend your condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com. Go to www.TwifordFH.com/send-flowers to plant a tree in memory of Mr. Raper or to send flowers to the family.