John Wayne Roper, 58, of Asheville, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Mission Hospital.
A native of Franklin, NC, he is survived by his wife, Jean Dills Roper, of Asheville; mother, Ella Frances Roper Bryson, step-father, Charles Bryson, and aunt, Barbara Roper, all of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his father, John William Roper; aunt, Josephine Cabe; and uncle, Charles Cabe.
He worked as a Senior Ministry Associate for Blue Ridge Broadcasting, 106.9 The Light. He was an ordained minister who served several years as a Chaplain for Asheville Fire and Police Departments and the WNC Peer Support Teams. He was an active member and deacon at Lake Hills Church in Asheville. Mr. Roper leaves a lifetime legacy of faith, humor, and caring for others.
In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Roper is survived by step-brother, Chuck Bryson (Cindy); step-sisters, Deanna Pace (Bill), Shelley Peeples (Matthew) and their families; numerous cousins, and extended family.
The funeral service for Mr. Roper will be at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church, Asheville, with Rev. Dr. James Walker, and Pastor Stephen Buys officiating. Interment will take place on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery, Franklin, NC with Rev. Louis Grant officiating.
His family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to The Ehlers-Danlos Society, P.O. Box 87463, Montgomery Village, MD 20886, to Lake Hills Church, 370 Lake Dr., Candler, NC 28715, or to Blue Ridge Broadcasting, P.O. Box 159, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.