Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Kevin W. Roper Owner Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kevin is the owner and operator of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.  He began working in the funeral service at the age of 13.  After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1998 he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  He purchased the funeral home from the Chapman Family in February of 2001.  He later completed his bachelors degree in Business Communication from Ottawa University and is currently attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Kevin served as Coroner in Pickens County from 2005-2016, Past President of the Georgia Coroner’s Association, and is Past Master of Blaine Masonic Lodge #534. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Director’s Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and First Baptist Church Woodstock. He is married to Leslie McGhee Roper where together they have three sons, William, Trey and Thomas.  

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Eddie Goodwin Funeral Director/Embalmer

Eddie is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and has worked at Roper Funeral Home since 2009. He graduated from Cherokee High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. Eddie and his wife Misty live in Jasper and they have one son Hunter. In his spare time Eddie enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf. He is a member of Sharp Top Baptist Church and Blaine Masonic Lodge #534.

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Brent Chastain Funeral Assistant

Brent Chastain is a 2000 graduate of Gilmer High School and has worked at Roper Funeral Home since 2009. He married Trina Roper in September of 2011 and moved to Pickens County.  He and Trina are members of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Ellijay.  Brent is a Licensed Funeral Service Apprentice with the State of Georgia and is currently enrolled at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama where he is pursuing his education to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

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Mark Godfrey Funeral Assistant

Mark has been with Roper Funeral Home as a full time employee since November of 2015.   He is a lifelong resident of Pickens County having lived in the Refuge Community for the past 23 years and is married to Karen Griffin Godfrey. They have one son, Matthew.  Mark is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University, the University of Georgia, and Pickens High School.  He is a member of the Free Hope Baptist Church.  Mark was elected Coroner of Pickens County in 2016. 

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Susan Roland Taylor Administrative Assistant

Susan is a lifelong resident of Pickens County.  She along with her husband, Phillp, live in the Jerusalem Community.  They have two children, Lindsey (A. J. Hammond) and Colby.   She is a graduate of Pickens High School and North Georgia College.  She taught Business Education in Gordon County for one year and at Pickens High School for thirty-four years.  Susan began her second career at Roper Funeral Home in July, 2014.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She attends Cross Roads Baptist Church.

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Von Headrick Funeral Assistant

Von started working with Roper Funeral Home in the spring of 2015.  He is a lifelong resident of Pickens County.  Von currently serves as the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Jasper Fire Department, where he began his career in May of 1993.  He and his wife, Tracy, along with their two children, Lindsey and Lucas, live in Jasper.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

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Rodney Gibson Funeral Assistant

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Jerry Walker Funeral Assistant

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Makayla Smith Apprentice

Makayla Smith is a 2016 graduate of Pickens High School. She is currently a Licensed Funeral Service Apprentice with the state of Georgia. She will further her career with Jefferson State Community College. Makayla is a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and riding horses.

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Justin Morris Funeral Assistant

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Lucas Headrick Funeral Assistant

Kevin W. Roper

Owner Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Kevin is the owner and operator of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.  He began working in the funeral service at the age of 13.  After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1998 he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  He purchased the funeral home from the Chapman Family in February of 2001.  He later completed his bachelors degree in Business Communication from Ottawa University and is currently attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Kevin served as Coroner in Pickens County from 2005-2016, Past President of the Georgia Coroner’s Association, and is Past Master of Blaine Masonic Lodge #534. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Director’s Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and First Baptist Church Woodstock. He is married to Leslie McGhee Roper where together they have three sons, William, Trey and Thomas.  

Eddie Goodwin

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Eddie is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and has worked at Roper Funeral Home since 2009. He graduated from Cherokee High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. Eddie and his wife Misty live in Jasper and they have one son Hunter. In his spare time Eddie enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf. He is a member of Sharp Top Baptist Church and Blaine Masonic Lodge #534.

Brent Chastain

Funeral Assistant
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Brent Chastain is a 2000 graduate of Gilmer High School and has worked at Roper Funeral Home since 2009. He married Trina Roper in September of 2011 and moved to Pickens County.  He and Trina are members of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Ellijay.  Brent is a Licensed Funeral Service Apprentice with the State of Georgia and is currently enrolled at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama where he is pursuing his education to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Mark Godfrey

Funeral Assistant
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Mark has been with Roper Funeral Home as a full time employee since November of 2015.   He is a lifelong resident of Pickens County having lived in the Refuge Community for the past 23 years and is married to Karen Griffin Godfrey. They have one son, Matthew.  Mark is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University, the University of Georgia, and Pickens High School.  He is a member of the Free Hope Baptist Church.  Mark was elected Coroner of Pickens County in 2016. 

Susan Roland Taylor

Administrative Assistant
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Susan is a lifelong resident of Pickens County.  She along with her husband, Phillp, live in the Jerusalem Community.  They have two children, Lindsey (A. J. Hammond) and Colby.   She is a graduate of Pickens High School and North Georgia College.  She taught Business Education in Gordon County for one year and at Pickens High School for thirty-four years.  Susan began her second career at Roper Funeral Home in July, 2014.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She attends Cross Roads Baptist Church.

Von Headrick

Funeral Assistant
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Von started working with Roper Funeral Home in the spring of 2015.  He is a lifelong resident of Pickens County.  Von currently serves as the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Jasper Fire Department, where he began his career in May of 1993.  He and his wife, Tracy, along with their two children, Lindsey and Lucas, live in Jasper.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Rodney Gibson

Funeral Assistant
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Jerry Walker

Funeral Assistant
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Makayla Smith

Apprentice
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Makayla Smith is a 2016 graduate of Pickens High School. She is currently a Licensed Funeral Service Apprentice with the state of Georgia. She will further her career with Jefferson State Community College. Makayla is a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and riding horses.

Justin Morris

Funeral Assistant
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Lucas Headrick

Funeral Assistant
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