David Hamilton "Dave"
Oct 5, 1913 - May 16, 2008
Posted by: Nyree Coffman
Barnes Friederich Funeral Home
Midwest City, OK
He was the son of Lee and Maud Roper. His father was a sharecropper and the family moved every year, a habit that stayed with Dave H. the rest of his life. December 28, 1933, Dave married Lillian Dacus, a union blessed with two sons, David L. and Coy D. Dave H. was a graduate of Panhandle A&M and Oklahoma A&M He taught school in Oklahoma for many years, much of that time as a Vo-Ag teacher. He loved farming and ranching, and owned several small farms. In his 20's, he became a member of the Church of Christ. Through the years, he served as Bible class teacher, song leader, elder, and occasional preacher. In his 50's, he and Lillian moved to Australia where they worked with Churches of Christ for eight years. In his 60's, he worked with several U.S. congregations in various capacities. He remained active all his life. In his 80's, he learned to use a computer and wrote a weekly column for several newspapers titled THE RAMBLING ROPER. In his 90's, he wrote two volumes on his life entitled SON OF A SHARECROPPER. In his 94 years, Dave H. made 96 moves.
On Friday, May 16, 2008, he made his 97th and final move - to be with the Lord he loved. Five years ago, he was preceded in death by his wife of almost 70 years.
He leaves behind his two sons and their wives, David L. and Jo Roper and Coy D. and Sharlotte Roper; six grandchildren, Cynthia Honaker, Deborah Roper, Dee Ann Shepherd, Angela Lovejoy, Shannon Boren, and Alec Roper; nine great- grandchildren; a sister Wanda Bogie and a brother Charles 'Buddy' Roper; and a host of friends, relatives, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, 5/20/2008 at the funeral home chapel with a 3:30 PM committal service at North Burns Cemetery near Burns Flat, OK.
Memorial may be sent to the Eastside Church of Christ Faith Fund, 916 S. Douglas Blvd. Midwest City, OK 73110
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