Ruth Tatham Roper

    Ruth Tatham Roper, a lifetime resident of Andrews and true historian, passed from this life onApril 28, 2018, at age 90. Ruth worked for Nichols Department Store in Andrews for many years. She was a member of Andrews First Baptist Church and a very active member in the Sunday school group as well as the Young at Heart Group until she became unable to participate.
    Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Golmon Roper, who she married on Oct. 2, 1948,and who passed away Nov. 1, 2014. She also is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lillie Hoyle Tatham, brothers, Roland, Steve, Leslie and George Tatham and sister, Katherine Penland.
    She is survived by her son Lynn Roper and wife, Sandra; one granddaughter, Natalie Jones and husband Kenny; one step-grandson, Scott Christopher; one great-granddaughter, Morgan Estell Jones as well as two step great grandchildren, Allen and Alexis Christopher.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Jack Tatham and wife, Joyce, Joe Tatham and wife, Judy, Jeannette West, Judy Dukes, Jerry Tatham and wife, Shirley; Jane Waters and husband, Jimmy, Jimmy Penland and Lou, Teresa Tatham, Leon Tatham and wife, Treasie, Gary Tatham and wife, Margaret, Richard “Dickie” Tatham and wife, Tootie, Robert Roper and wife, Marsha, Phyllis Parker, and Gary Roper.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Andrews First Baptist Church with Dr. Calvin Bobo and the Rev. Jerry Tatham officiating. Interment was in Valleytown Cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Kenneth Cope, Jim Wilson, Lane Raxter, Gary Kauffman, Eddie Wood, and Scott Christopher.  Honorary pallbearers were Ray Adams, Maurice Sherrill,  Virgil Gibson and Donald Hogan.
    The family received friends from noon-1:45 p.m. Tuesday at Andrews First Baptist Church prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: Andrews First Baptist Church, PO Box 427, Andrews, NC  28901.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at


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