Asheville Fire and Police Chaplain Wayne Roper passed away on April 1 at Mission Hospital. Chaplain Roper served several years for Asheville Fire and Police Departments assisting with ceremonies and providing emotional support. On Friday, April 7, there will be a procession from Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Ave., which will commence at 1 p.m. and proceed to The First Assembly of God Church in Franklin.
- Leave Groce Funeral Home 1 p.m.
- Asheville Police Department will lead procession
- Asheville Fire Department Engine 8 in the procession along with marked SUVs
- Proceed Patton Avenue onto I-40 at exit 44
- AFD Quint 10 will display American flag from bridge over I-40 just past Exit 44.
- Procession will travel I-40 on to Franklin
To learn about Chaplain Roper’s life, please visit grocefuneralhome.com/obituary/John-Wayne-Roper.