Charles Nichols Roper
1946 - 2019
ROPER, Charles Nichols Charles Nichols Roper passed away on October 11, 2019 at 73 years of age. Chuck was born in Kenedy, Texas on January 25, 1946. Chuck leaves behind many family and friends who will miss him dearly including his loving wife Joan; children Kim, Grady, Andrew and Katie; and grandchildren Meagan, Zac, Cora, Piper and Emilia. Chuck led his life with a passion for learning and helping others, especially those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Chuck earned his Masters Degree in Business from Baylor University before obtaining his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas Austin. In 1985 he started Solutions Counseling and Treatment Center in Austin where he successfully assisted many people find a life free of alcohol and drug addiction. He later took on the role as Director of the Drug and Alcohol Peer Education Program at the University of Texas, working alongside students to implement such things as the E-Bus program aimed at ensuring safe weekend night travel for students and those near the UT campus. Chuck played a key role in starting the Travis County Drug Court which focuses on helping parents involved with the Texas Child Welfare System seek sober living with their children. Additionally he authored a novel titled High Bottom Drunk. Throughout his life Chuck found great pleasure by hiking in the mountains, having early morning coffee with friends, practicing yoga and meditation, kayaking on Lady Bird Lake and spending times with his dogs. The family invites you to join them for a Celebration of Chuck's life on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 at the family home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to SAFE Alliance Austin ( or Recovery House ATX (
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 16, 2019.
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Celebration of Life
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
at the family home
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My condolences to the friends and family of Chuck Roper. I worked with Chuck through the Parents in Recovery / Drug Court Program as a colleague from Austin Recovery. I loved his wisdom, compassion and humor. He was a great asset to the recovery community!! Thank you for your service Chuck! Rest In Peace.
Bobbie Sessions
October 21, 2019
Sadly, I am not going to be able to make it today. I was deeply saddened to learn that Chuck had lost his battle with Cancer. He was a fierce warrior on so many fronts in life. He was a strong voice for the recovery community. I learned a great deal from him in my years of working with him. I always remember Chuck saying, "She may be abstinent, but she is not recovery." At the time this statement did not make sense to me. However, I came to learn that there is much truth in this statement, and Chuck knew what he was talking about. He will be missed by many!
Connie Jobe
October 20, 2019
Chuck was one of my graduate students. I chaired his dissertation committee. He had so many talents & a keen intellect. He left us too soon. My deepest sympathy to his family. Toni Falbo
Toni Falbo
October 17, 2019
Chuck and Joan were my next door neighbors for 10 yrs and almost 33 yrs ago, Chuck was the instrument in getting me sober. He took me to my first meeting and I will be forever grateful to him for his sobriety. He was a wonderful, loving and selfless man. I will always love him and will miss him greatly. I am glad that he is no longer in pain and look forward to seeing him again.
Judy Willey
October 17, 2019
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Lisa Hill
October 17, 2019
Joan and family Sorry for your loss of Chuck. We know he helped many people live a better life and it shows in all the programs he was involved with.Peace and comfort to you all. Neville and Janet Fleming
October 17, 2019
What a compassionate yet fierce warrior for folks struggling with addiction. Chuck made such a positive difference in the lives of so many people, mine included. Heaven is certainly a sweeter place today with Chuck there. All the best to his family.
Darlene Byrne
October 17, 2019
To all of Chuck's families, I was sadden to read the news of his passing as it is never easy to release the pain of their earthly presence not with us.
Knowing Chuck was loved and admired by all who knew him shows us he was a solider of God's hand in helping everyone.
I knew Chuck from SMA and he was kind to everyone. My condolences. I know his spirit and love will remain with all of us.
Joanne Kennedy
October 16, 2019
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