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      William Jack "B.J." Raper, age 30, of Joplin, died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Freeman West Hospital.

     B.J. was born January 28, 1983, at Lamar to Anthony "Jim" and Mary (Ratterree) Raper.  He attended Lamar schools before moving to Northridge, California where he studied at U.C.L.A. and earned a degree in interior design from Cal State.  B.J.  worked for Aaron Brothers Paint & Supply Store while living in California.  In 2004, he moved back to Missouri, first to Kansas City where he stayed for eight years before moving to Joplin a year ago.  He was currently working at Romancing the Stone in the Joplin Mall.  B.J. was a talented athlete who had a passion for skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing.  B.J. never met a stranger and will be remembered warmly by people from every walk of life who were blessed by his friendship.

     Survivors include his fianc√©, Whitney West, of the home; his parents, Jim & Mary Raper, Lamar; a sister and her husband, Kristy & Terry Kinney, Lamar; two nephews, Brian & wife, Kim Raper, Lamar, and David Murphy, Sheldon; two nieces, Kelly Coy, Sheldon, and Jazmine Murphy, Lamar; two great-nephews, Andrew James Raper and Shawn Michael Raper; and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, W.O. & Goldie Raper.

       A private graveside committal service will be held at Morehead Cemetery at a later date.



#12 LiberalRusty & Corena Boyd 2013-05-08 15:39
You will be dearly missed !!! Love you !!
#11 Lamar, Mo.Vickie Clark 2013-05-04 10:12
Jim, Mary and Raper Family, so sorry to hear about BJ. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Raper family.
#10 Brad & Rhonda Overstreet 2013-05-04 06:49
B.J. was one of the "neighborhood kids" our children grew up with. He was a very likeable, friendly and polite kid. We remember how he liked to skateboard! We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you and know that many are praying for you.
#9 Lamar, MoDoris Woods 2013-05-03 13:05
Mary, my prayers are with your family.
#8 Lamar, MOJessie Williams 2013-05-01 17:48
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
#7 Raytown MissouriKim Smith 2013-05-01 02:37
I worked with Will at Crowne Plaza in Kansas City.It was great seeing will daily he was full of energy.I will miss our face book chats.Hang on to your memories for they will carry you through some rough times. My deepest sympathy.
#6 Joplin, MoKris Dunlap 2013-04-30 16:22
Will and Whitney were customers in my store and we had such a fun time I asked will if he needed a job and I knew he was meant to be on our team. He was everything I could ask for In an employee and be was excited to one day be the manager. He was destined for great things and everything about him conveyed love, and cheerfulness and an overwhelming display of genuinity. He was someone I could talk to about music and I was amazed at how much we had in common. I've always loved my job , but yesterday it took everything I had to walk in the door and stay for 8 long hours. Today he was scheduled to work at 1. I have his name tag and the last note he wrote to me: however work related it is still cute and I will keep it always. The store is filled with a numbing presence of him now. I miss him dearly and will always talk to him and wait for him to rush in with coffee in hand.
#5 Monett, MOAbbey Crockett 2013-04-29 22:42
Thinking about your family and remembering what an awesome, outgoing person William was. He will be missed by many.
#4 Joplin, MOKimberly Voorhees Sampson 2013-04-29 18:50
I was so sad to hear the news about B.J. My heart and prayers go out to B.J.'s family at this loss so soon in life.
#3 Golden City, MOCrystal Eldred 2013-04-29 17:00
So very sorry for your loss. I knew BJ from our high school days. Was such a presence in any circle he was in. He will be very missed.

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