Donald Dean Carper, 80, of Roanoke, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 29, 2010. He was born on Sept. 13, 1929 in Pulaski. He was the son of the late Isaac R. and Mattie H. Carper. He was predeceased by his brothers Garland and Bill Carper, as well as a sister Sue Moody.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 55 years Betty J. Carper; two sons Donald D. Carper II (Suzanne Freid) of Austin, Texas and Mark E. Carper of Santa Monica, Calif; and his only daughter Lisa C. Harmon (Mike) of Richmond; seven grandchildren Ty Carper, Emily Carper, Cole Carper, Sam Carper, Josie Carper, Grant Harmon and Christopher Harmon; his sister Iris Miller (Dick); and brother Isaac F. Carper (Betty Jo).
Dean was an active member of North Roanoke Baptist Church for the last 18 years and a member of the John Draper Sunday school class. He sang in the Singing Saints Choir and worked diligently with the tape ministry for NRBC. Dean began his career with DuPont in Richmond. He served in the Army National Guard for 10 years. He later went to work for C&P Telephone Co. where he worked for 38 years before retiring as an engineer in the Roanoke office. Dean was an avid golfer and it was his favorite pastime. He had his last hole-in-one on hole #6 at Hanging Rock Country Club on June 28, 2006. He was a longstanding member of the Elks Club and the 300 Club for many years. Dean was also a devoted fan of the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The family would like to thank the volunteers and nurses, especially Amber Seymores, at Good Samaritan Hospice, as well as Dr. Maliddi and her staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Center for their compassion during a difficult time.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Good Samaritan Hospice, or North Roanoke Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at North Roanoke Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Darryl G. Crim officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey’s North Chapel, 540-362-1237.