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Luther Roper, Sr.



1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020
Scaes & Sons Funeral Home 314 East State Street- Murfreesboro, TN

Visitation with the Family:
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m on Saturday, November 14, 2020
Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church 4078 Yeargan Rd- Murfreesboro, TN

Celebration of Life:
1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2020
Cherry Grove Cemetery- Murfreesboro, TN

The Service of Committal & Interment:
Following the Service on Saturday, November 14, 2020
Cherry Grove Cemetery- Murfreesboro, TN

Luther "'Big Papa" Roper Sr. was born on April 13, 1941 to Rufus Lawrence Roper, Sr. and Josephine Huddleston Roper in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on November 6, 2020.

He was adored and loved by four awaiting siblings, as they welcomed their baby brother. Luther was reared in the Rutherford County area where he received Christ at a very early age. He was baptized by the late Reverend Murray and became a member of Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Luther remained a faithful member of Cherry Grove while serving as a Trustee and as a mentor on the Youth Auxiliary until his health failed him.

Luther attended school in the Rutherford County School System and graduated from Holloway High School with the Class of 1961. Luther was an avid football player with the Holloway Trojans defeating many surrounding county rivals. Some of his past-time hobbies included golfing (hitting the most birdies after many missed strokes) and fishing (catching the largest bass in shallow waters). Luther also enjoyed a good card game with the Marable family while feasting on their delicious fish and spaghetti meals. Luther loved attending family reunions and recognizes all family members in Cartersville and Atlanta, Georgia, Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee, Miami, Florida, Huntsville, Alabama and many other locations.

After graduating from high school, Luther was employed with the Elm Hill Packing Company in Nashville, Tennessee for many years. He later relocated to Gary, Indiana with his newlywed wife, Vivian Alexander, and became employed with the Inland Steel Mill with over 40 years of service. As a side job, Luther also managed and operated his own commercial cleaning business for many years. Luther later returned to Murfreesboro and retired from the First Presbyterian Church with 15 years of dedicated service.

Preceding Luther in death is his beloved wife, Vivian Alexander Roper; parents, Rufus Lawrence Roper, Sr. and Josephine Huddleston Roper; and two brothers, Rufus Lawrence Roper, Jr. and James Clayton Roper. Luther leaves to cherish his loving memory a very devoted and caring son, Luther (Bernita) Roper, Jr., Ashland City, Tennessee; loving son, Willie Bennett Pollard, Clinton, Kentucky; dedicated grandson, Jeremiah (Shawnlisa) Roper, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; three loving granddaughters, Morrishea Perry, Shawn and Destine Moore; great granddaughter, Janelle Perry all of Ashland City, Tennessee; two sisters, Ida Frazier and Annie Young of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; seven nephews, three nieces; and a host of great nephews and great nieces; very close friends, Nathaniel Smith of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Jacob Rhodes of Atlanta, Georgia, Donny Drew of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and David Smith of Akron, Ohio; a very caring family member and friend, Tina Roper; also a neighborhood Dad to many, Todd (Jackie) Porter, (We always knew he was Daddy's boy), William Woods, Cordell Reed (deceased), Darryl Watson, Rodney Hayden, Mark Sain and Edward Britton all of Gary, Indiana, Rodney (Lavette) Harris of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mark (Selma) Bennet of Houston Texas, and many other family members and friends.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371