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Joel Luper

December 13, 1951 - September 1, 2018

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Memorial Service

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, September 21, 2018
Service Time:
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Notes

Joel Luper, age 66, died peacefully at home on September 1, 2018. He was born December 13, 1951 in Dallas, TX to Barbara and Morris Luper. He attended schools in Springdale, AR and Carthage, TX, and graduated from the University of Texas School of Architecture in 1977.

Joel was a wonderful companion to his wife of 38 years, Suzanne Ware Luper. He cherished his children, daughter Jenny Luper and her husband Zack Wilkins, and son Max Luper and his wife Leah Riley. He delighted in his granddaughter, Evelyn “Evey” Wren Wilkins. A sister, Pat Harris, and two brothers, Noel Luper and John Luper, and their families, also survive him.

Joel worked in several small architecture firms in Austin, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. He spent the last 12 years working for NC DHHS, Division of Health Service Regulation in the Construction Section. He enjoyed his work and had great respect and affection for his colleagues. He loved his Dungeons and Dragons buddies.

There will be a memorial service at the Renaissance Funeral Home on Six Forks Road in Raleigh, NC on Friday, September 21 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive visitors following the service. Dress is casual, and the service will be open to anyone who would like to attend.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to Triangle Pastoral Counseling, 312 W. Millbrook Rd. #109, Raleigh, NC 27609.
Posted by:
Monya Cooper
Posted on:
January 25, 2019
I am really sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. I knew the Lupers from Carthage and Central Baptist Church - what a kind family. Joel looks happy in his picture - he was obviously blessed by his wife, children and granddaughter! My deepest sympathies and love to all his family.
Posted by:
Stacie McEntyre
Posted on:
September 18, 2018
The Executive Team of Veritas Collaborative is heart broken to hear of Joel's passing. We LOVED working with him to create our specialty hospitals in NC, and appreciated that he was always such an advocate for the work we are doing. He was a gentle, knowledgable, wonderful human being, and he will be greatly missed. We send our sincere sympathy to Joel's family and friends. We will always remember him!
Stacie McEntyre
CEO
Veritas Collaborative
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Vickie Lacy
Posted on:
September 17, 2018
I went to high school in Carthage with the Luper twins. We attended Central Baptist Church at the same time. The family are fond memories for me. They were all so bright and had such fun times building memoies together. My heart is so sad for those remaining family members. I returned to Carthage five years ago and think of them when I pass the lovely Victorian home that they lived in on North Saint Mary. May God bless you with love and comfort in this loss.
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Richard L Hester
Posted on:
September 9, 2018
This picture of Joel captures his personality so well. He was a winsome person. I was on the staff at Triangle Pastoral Counseling, and Joel would be present at social gatherings of the staff--as husband of Suzanne Luper who was a long-time staff member. Joel and I were both introverts, and we did not enjoy being in a large group. So he and I would find a place away from the crowd for an enjoyable conversation that would last most of the evening. I honor Joel and the way he gave me and many others a welcoming space of personal care and intimacy.
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Tammy Sylvester
Posted on:
September 8, 2018
I’ve enjoyed working with Joel for the many years he was at DHSR. I learned a lot from him about architectural design, Code interpretations, and much more. During our rides together for inspections, I was really fascinated with his love for music and just how much he knew about different genres of music. To talk of hs granddaughter would just light up his face. I will truly miss Joel but I am so thankful for the opportunity to have know him. To the family, may you find comfort and peace during this time. Tammy Sylvester
Posted by:
Elizabeth Altman
Posted on:
September 6, 2018
I love the photo of Joel shared on this site. Always enjoyed Joel's wry sense of humor and his kind ways. We'll miss him!
Posted by:
Greg Cates
Posted on:
September 5, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. He was one of the people at DHHS who was truly genuine, always willing to help, and knew more about architecture than anyone at DHHS. When I started work at DHHS, other than those in my direct group, Joel was the most helpful in getting me acclimated to the office and the work we did. When I left, he was one of the first to tell me goodbye and one of the few that said I would be missed. I will miss him and I know there are many others who will as well.
Posted by:
Anderson (Andy) Hensley
Posted on:
September 5, 2018
I enjoyed working with Joel as a colleague for several years. I functioned as his supervisor but always thought he already knew more about architecture than I did. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. Andy Hensley
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7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
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