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Frances "Red" Roper

Frances "Red" RoperLaurensFrances "Red" Roper, age 87, of 11192 Highway 76 West, Laurens, in the Hickory Tavern Community, wife of William Felton Roper, Jr, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, at National Healthcare Center of Laurens.Born in Rhodhiss, NC, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Lola Carpenter Whelchel. She was an Army wife who directed the American kindergarten in Mannheim, Germany. Frances was a homemaker, a retired teacher at Whitten Center, a substitute teacher for Laurens District 55, and volunteer at Waterloo Elementary. In her fifties, Red received her Bachelors degree from Lander University. Surviving in addition to her husband of 69 years, are four children, Norma Reed and husband Gene of Hickory Tavern, Butch Roper and wife Sue of Woodruff, Lewis Roper and wife Susan of Walhalla, and Melody Sarmento (husband Bill, deceased) of Hickory Tavern; seven grandchildren, Hollis, Heather, Preston, Brad, Matt, Will, and Christina; and thirteen great grandchildren.In addition to her parents she was predeceased by one brother, Melvin Whelchel; and one sister, Norma Hedges.Funeral services will be 3:30 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Rabun Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jayson Payne and Dr. Clarence Adkins with burial in the church cemetery.The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.Memorials may be made to Rabun Creek Improvement Fund, 17045 Hwy 101 S, Gray Court, SC 29645.Condolences may be expressed at www.thekennedymortuary.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Frances "Red" Roper please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Rabun Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
17045 Hwy 101 South
Gray Court, SC, 29645


JAN 16. 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Rabun Creek Baptist Church

17045 Hwy 101 South

Gray Court, SC


JAN 16. 3:30 PM (EST)

Rabun Creek Baptist Church

17045 Hwy 101 South

Gray Court, SC

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Normie, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. It's been many years ago, when your grandparents lived next door to me and my parents in Joanna, and they later moved to the Greenwood Hwy. in front of my grandparents, bur I've never forgotten you and your family. It's memories that I treasure. Our childhood friendship was special to me. Again, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Sara Sellers Heaton

Sara Sellers Heaton Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM

May God give her husband peaceand strength that will see him through and may heaven smile upon the family! Your mail carrier Jackie Sims!

Jackie Sims Jan 19 2018 12:00 AM

I have nothing but the very fondest memories of the entire Roper/Whelchel family. I loved your mom, Aunt "Doogie", and most especially your wonderful grandparents who faithfully picked me up and took me to Beaverdam Baptist Church for every service for years. Your family will always be among my fondest memories of growing up. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Patricia Jacks Wham

Patricia Jacks Wham Jan 17 2018 12:00 AM

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A candle was lit in memory of Frances Roper

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A candle was lit in memory of Frances Roper

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