Roy J. Raper
Asheville - Roy Jackson Raper, 69, of Asheville, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals.
A native of Haywood Co., Mr. Raper was a son of the late Glenn and Oberia Jackson Raper, and was also preceded in death by a son, Roy Jackson Raper, Jr.
He served in the Navy Reserve and worked with American Enka for 10 years, then retired from Champion Paper.
Mr. Raper enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, as well as making a garden and yardwork. He appreciated gospel and bluegrass music, and he was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Sluder Raper; two daughters, Donna Waddell (Terry) and Debbie Whitted (Todd); five grandchildren, Brandon Crawford, Brooke Rickman, Bronson Whitted, Colby Waddell and Sam Waddell; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Grindstaff and Lillian Raper; and a brother, Glenn Raper, Jr.
A funeral service for Mr. Raper will be on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. Paul Sluder, David Scruggs, and David Grindstaff officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
His family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service.
Flowers will be accepted and appreciated or memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
The family expresses appreciation to Drs. Rodney Perez and Gregory Glance for being special physicians and for their care for Mr. Raper, going above and beyond what was expected.
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com