Joshua Caleb Roper, 22, of Morganton died Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born December 15, 1988 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of Dennis Roper of Morganton and Barbara Skipper Herrick of Hickory.In addition to his parents, Joshua is survived by a son, Ian Caleb Roper of Morganton; a brother, Bo Skipper of Hickory; grandparents, grandfather, Jerry ?Paw Paw? Skipper of Chesnee, SC, grandparents, Bill and Evelyn Proctor of Marion, grandfather, James Roper of Morganton, great-grandmother, Cordie Skipper of Rutherfordton, step-grandmother, Lynn Thompson of Chesnee, and step-great-grandparents, Bill and Mary Proctor of Morganton; girlfriend, Kristina Abernathy of Morganton; aunts, Betty Causby and Cassie Proctor, both of Morganton; and an uncle, Chad Roper of Morganton.In addition to his parents, Joshua was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Jackie Proctor and Betty Roper; and an uncle, Gerald Skipper.A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Darvy Hensley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 (to help with funeral expenses).

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