Robert Allen “Bobby” Roper, age 70, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Saturday, February 19, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospice in Bogart surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Roper was one of three sons born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 5, 1940 to the late Allen Page Roper and Marian Hutcherson Roper. His family moved to Greensboro in 1943 and Bobby graduated from Greensboro High School in the class of 1958. After graduating from high school he attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Georgia, where he met his first wife Sally Hackney Scarborough and then graduated from Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. While living in Atlanta he worked for the State Fire Marshall’s Office. The Ropers moved back to Greensboro in 1959 where he worked for Roper Ford which he later owned and operated as Roper Ford Sales, Inc. He dedicated many years of service to Greene County as Probate Judge and also as Chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners. When he retired from politics he began Oconee Sand and Gravel on Lake Oconee which he continued to grow until his full retirement in 2003. Bobby will be remembered for his boisterous calls on Friday nights at Tiger Stadium when he was announcing Greene County’s high school football games. He organized and was very active in the 14th Georgia Light Artillery Civil War Reenactment Group. Bobby was a loyal member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro where he taught the Men’s Sunday school class for 25 years and also served as a lay leader.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Sally Scarborough Roper in 2005; and a daughter, Paige Roper in 1997. He is survived by his wife Janice Simons Roper of Greensboro, GA, his daughter, Brooke, her husband Bryan Carroll and granddaughters Sally Paige and Clark Carroll of Greensboro, GA; son Bob, his wife Andrea and grandchildren Cheney and Hutch Roper of Watkinsville, GA; son Jim, his wife Jennifer and grandchildren Davis and Jamie Lynn Roper of Athens, GA; stepsons, Pete, and his wife Kristy O’Neal of Greensboro, GA and Win and his wife Kasie O’Neal of Crawford, GA; brothers Sam K. Roper and wife Zandra of Greensboro, GA and David L. Roper and wife Jana of Greensboro, GA; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Ed Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Wesley Chapel Wesleyan Church Cemetery, 2830 Hwy 15 South, Greensboro, GA 30642. Serving as pallbearers are John Crouse, Bill Rineer, Fred Hunter Jr., Wynn Copelan, Bobby Durham and Sonny Thurmond. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Boswell Jr., Lewis Brown, Gentry Strickland, Ed Stone, Jim Cline, Zippy Duvall, Tony Parker, Ronnie Anderson and Jim Higdon. Any memorials may be made to Greene County Relay for Life, c/o Julie Snyder, 1052 Cupp Lane, Greensboro, GA 30642 or to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday night at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.