OBITUARY

Roger Dale Epperson

January 31, 1957May 28, 2018
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Roger Dale Epperson, age 61, of Bulls Gap, passed away on May 28, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. He worked as a radio personality for Holston Valley Broadcasting on WCRK, WMTN, and WTFM. Preceding him in death was his mother, Dorothy Epperson and father, William Hoyt Epperson. Survivors include his wife, Karen Epperson; son, Dale Epperson and fiancé, Meagan Kincaid; granddaughter, Addison Epperson; special friends, Tim Crews, Ed Arnold, Duane Nelson and everyone at Holston Valley Broadcasting. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1 – 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Funeral services to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Howard Shipley officiating. Entombment will follow in Hamblen Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Entombment Saturday, June 2, 2018
REMEMBERING

Roger Dale Epperson

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Duane Nelson

June 1, 2018

I will definitely miss this guy! He came to work for me in the News Department in 2003. Not one time did I ever see Roger in a bad mood or mad. No matter what he was going through, he still had that smile on his face! He was my right arm for 15 years and I will miss this guy a lot! Roger always talked about his family, especially his loving granddaughter! He will be missed, not only by Karen and his amazing family, but the radio community as well! RIP my friend! You are missed and loved forever!

David DeFranzo

June 1, 2018

Roger was the definition of a great guy. When I left HVB, Roger made the effort to keep in touch. He would never gossip, he kept the conversation about him and myself. Roger was a pure joy to work with. Rest in peace old friend.

Barry Brickey

May 31, 2018

Roger was a great guy. I always looked forward to dropping by the studio or recording over the phone. He helped get a lot of great fire safety information out to the public. We would play phone tag while trying to get something set up. Finally you would get through and be greeted with "Radio News, Roger!"

Taylor Morgan

May 31, 2018

Roger would always talk to me about my days at WSM, and he loved to talk about Country Music. I will always remember him walking down the hallways of WTFM, holding his coffee cup and greeting everyone who passed him. I never heard this man say a bad word about anyone!!! I never heard him take part in any office drama - he was always smiling and laughing. When I left WTFM, Roger was the one person who always sent me FB messages to say, "Hi , how are you Taylor?" My first day in Cincinnati, Roger sent me a message to tell me that he was listening! Roger was a kind, caring, considerate man who always made you feel special! I will always remember how much he loved his granddaughter as well!! He shared her pictures and wonderful stories of her with me many times!! I can hear him laughing now! Gone but never Forgotten!!

Bob Gordon

May 31, 2018

Roger worked with me in the News department at Holston Valley Broadcasting as our afternoon anchor. Roger also worked for me at WZXY in the 80’s. Roger was one of the most Happy-Go-Lucky guys I’ve ever known. RIP Rog.

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Biography

When Roger Dale Epperson walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Roger was and how he impacted those around him. Roger was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Roger wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Roger was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Roger was born on January 31, 1957 at Arab Hospital in Arab, Alabama. He was the son of William Hoyt and Dorothy Epperson. Roger was raised in Bulls Gap, Tennesse. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Roger might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Roger was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Roger was raised with one siblilng. He had one younger brother, Ron. Roger was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Roger was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Roger well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Roger was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Roger was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Roger took part in basketball and baseball. In his spare time he liked playing sports with his friends. Roger's memorable achievements included. Roger had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Roger responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Bulls Gap in 1975. Roger was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Roger absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Roger, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Roger a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Phillips.

      Roger did well in college, as a result of his comfort level with tackling new theories and his love of learning. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Broadcast Communications Degree. Roger made the Dean's List Award. Roger was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Roger's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. Roger was always in quest of new things to learn and experience

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Roger was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Roger was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Rob and Ron Toby. Later in life, he became friends with Tim Crews, Ed Arnold, Steve Walland and Chuck Morris.

       Roger's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Karen's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Roger was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Roger was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Roger, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Epperson home. Roger's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Roger was blessed with One child.: Roger Dale Epperson Jr. (Dale). They were also blessed with One granddaughter, Addison.

      Roger was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was a Radio Personality. He was employed for over 40 years in Radio. Roger was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Roger had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Roger's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Roger loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were collecting records, watching football, attending Tennessee Smokies Games and playing ball with his son and granddaughter. Roger had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Roger's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Roger derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Roger was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football (College and Pro).

      Roger's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Roger took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included St. Augustine, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.

      Roger was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Annabelle, a little gray cat, was a best friend for 3 years.

      Roger Epperson passed away on May 28, 2018 at St. Thomas West in Nashville, TN., from Heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Dale and his granddaughter, Addison. Services were held at the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Roger was laid to rest in the Hamblen Memory Gardens and Mausoleums.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Roger. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Roger Epperson for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Roger was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.