Mrs. Sarah Jeanette Haywood Roper

February 2, 1936August 21, 2021

Sarah Jeanette Haywood Roper, 85, formerly of Smithfield and most recently relocated to Raleigh, died Saturday, August 21, 2021 in her apartment at Capital Oaks Senior Resort with hospice care following a stroke.

Jeanette was born in Rockingham, NC on February 2, 1936 to Joseph Howell Haywood and Hannah Jane Funderburk Haywood. She graduated from Rockingham High School in 1954 and from Wake Forest University in 1958. In 1961 she married Dr. Thomas (Tom) Evatt Roper, moved to Smithfield, and together they had four children.

Jeanette has been a long time member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield, NC. She loved her church and was on a ministry team that visited shut-ins. She enjoyed playing bridge in Smithfield and at Capital Oaks. Jeanette had many friends through church, bridge, and from other overlaps in her life. She was also a lifetime blood donor, even donating in her 80’s.

She was an active mother of four and an active grandmother of six. Her grandchildren affectionately called her “Nana” and they held a special spot in her heart. In her 80’s she was also blessed with three great-grandchildren.

Jeanette’s Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00pm Thursday, August 26, in the Theater at Capital Oaks Retirement Resort on 6498 Ray Road in Raleigh, NC. Jeanette’s remains will be interred with her husband Tom’s remains at Pinecrest Memorial Park’s columbarium.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Jane Haywood, her husband Tom, and her sister Joan Hamer (Johnny).

She is survived by her daughter Lynn Winebarger (Garry), grandson Wesley (Lexi) and great -grandchildren Silas and Ella, grandson Kevin (Jessica) and great-grandson Jackson, grandson Clayton (Zoë); her son Tommy Roper (Dianne), granddaughter Shelley; her son Mark Roper (Pamela); her daughter Amy Parish (Kevin) and granddaughters Meredith and Katelyn. She is also survived by one sister Jane Hinson (Charles) and many nieces and nephews as well as extended family and very special friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to either of the following: Transitions LifeCare to give online or by check, "Attn Philanthropy” at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or donate to Travelers Church (church started by her grandson Pastor Wesley Winebarger) to give online or by check to Travelers Church 79 N Emily St, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.



  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, August 26, 2021


  • Interment


Mrs. Sarah Jeanette Haywood Roper

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Ann Woodard

August 27, 2021

Jeanette was a special friend in Centenary Church. She always greeted us with a beautiful smile. Our prayers and condolences for her family.

Linda and otis Colliet

August 25, 2021

We have missed talking with Jeanette at church in Smithfield since she moved to Raleigh. May she rest in peace

David Hamer

August 25, 2021

She was my aunt who was always supportive and caring of me in my life . She cared for everyone in her family. Her good heart and spirit was always there.

Annette Daughety

August 24, 2021

I didn't know your Mom but I do know she raised a wonderful son Tom. He has always been such a nice guy and father. So glad he's in our family. Will be praying for you all at this difficult time. May God be with you. Love Annette

Lauren Glatz

August 23, 2021

Nana was an adoring, supportive fan of her grandkids. She was a faithful attendee of every program her grandsons participated in or were honored by. What a legacy of love and support she left but the gift of her presence, smile, and applause!

Joey Hamer

August 23, 2021

Aunt Jean you were the example of a life well lived for me. Thank you for your love and kindness to my family over the years. You will be missed but never forgotten and one day we will all be together again. Say hello to my mama as I am sure she is right by your side showing you the beauty of the everlasting glory.

Elizabeth Anne Temple

August 22, 2021

Mrs. Roper was someone that we looked up to in the neighborhood and church. A beautiful lady, she was kind. I remember that she and her daughter allowed me to borrow a dance costume of her daughter's and I never forgot that. She will be missed.