Dallas Roper, Jr., 67, of Roper Hollow Road, Morganton, NC, died Monday, October 13, 2008 at his residence following a year of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on November 18, 1940, he was the son of late Dallas Avery Roper, Sr. and Ethel Short Roper. Dallas was a member of Praise Assembly of God in Glen Alpine, NC. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had worked as a machinist in several of the local hosiery mills before owning and operating D & D Painting.Dallas is survived by his wife, Margaret Joyce Taylor Roland of the home; sons, Kevin Roper of the home, Samuel Roper and wife, Linda, and Dallas L. Roper, all of Morganton, and Frank Roland of Marion, NC; daughters, Ellen D. Roper of Morganton, Cpt. Ethel D. Tamasi of Minot, ND, and Karen Thompson and husband, Kenny, of Marion;a brother, Bud Roper of Rutherfordton, NC; a sister, Betty Abee; a special cousin, Rudelle Puett; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James Edward Roper, and a son, Jerry Lynn Roper.The celebration of life will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Crawford officiating. Military honors will be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:45 until 8:00 p.m. following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Praise Assembly of God, P.O. Box 897, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.
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