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“Sweetest obituary for a sweet, sweet man, cousin. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Michelle Morton-Huntsman - FL

“A great friend and classmate at good old Hernando High 1955.May the Lord be with you all and Kent and think of Psalm 23 A Psalm of David. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Robert Durko - TX - Classmate

“The family of Jayne S. Vaughn is saddened by the passing of a long-time friend. We send our sympathy to his family and loved ones. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jayne S. Vaughn - Brooksville, FL

“Shirley, Lisa, and Family,I am so sorry to hear the news! I know your hearts are deeply saddened by his passing but at the same time joyous he is in...Read More ยป
4 of 6 | Posted by: David Cartledge - Shalimar, FL

“So very sorry for your loss. The Holmes family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We love you! Sandy, Jennifer, Amy, Taylor ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: A friend

“Kent was always such a nice guy. He was my classmate in high school and he will be missed. God has another angel. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Shirley Langworthy Burnette - FL


"I'm going, I'm going, bye... Yatahey"
These were some of the final words spoken by Kent Looper as he stared through members of his beloved family, looking at something so bright that his pupils were diminished to pinpoints while a look of wonder spread across his weary face.
After a mercifully brief encounter with liver cancer William (Kent) Looper left his Earthly body and passed into Heaven on Sunday, March 4th at 5:57 pm. He was surrounded by loved ones and was free of pain as he peacefully rested in his favorite recliner.
Kent leaves behind the love of his life and wife of almost 51 years, Shirley. He is survived by two devoted daughters Shannon Hereford (Scott) and Lisa Butler. He was "Papa" to six cherished grandchildren: Julia Rose, Bayleigh Elizabeth, Brayden Herbert, Mia Hope, Brody William and Blake Norman. Kent was the leader of the pack and will be missed dearly by his four siblings Keith (Jean), Kelley (Faye), Karen (Floyd) and Kelvin (heavenly wife Jaunita). He was considerably close to his family by marriage, Hal (Jill) and heavenly brother Bill (Elaine). He was loved very much by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and of course Miss Daisy.
Kent was a lover of music and proudly served his country as a member of the Navy Band. He later graduated from The University of Tampa with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. He took that talent and ministered to many as the Director of Music at Bel-Mar Presbyterian Church for over 35 years. He was also a loyal employee of the United States post office, where he held many different positions.
Upon retirement, Kent took on several other titles including master chef, personal shopper, studio assistant, taxi driver, homework helper, resident gardener, and most importantly, Papa extraordinaire.
He enjoyed road trips to the mountains, beach vacations and holiday gatherings. Happy weekend memories included softball games (Go Crushers), marching band performances, and Cedarkirk retreats. Hilarity often ensued when gathered around the table. Family dinners were plentiful, where Kent's barbeque chicken, spaghetti and 1905 salad were legendary.
Kent was a friend to all and loved the Lord. He found great purpose and satisfaction in serving others. He lived a life filled with joy, laughter, love and fun and his home was a true reflection of that. Kent's welcome mat was well worn and the door was always open.
Until we meet again Buddy... Yatahey.