Michael "Mike" Wade Roper

February 22, 1949April 5, 2021

Pickens, SC - Mr. Michael Wade "Mike" Roper, 72, loving husband of Lisha Diane Gilstrap Roper, of Pickens, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital.

Mike was born in Pickens County on February 22, 1949 to Mrs. Evelyn Christine Gilstrap Roper and the late Joseph Daniel "Joe" Roper. He spent his life serving others as a Paramedic for the Pickens County EMS where he retired in 2013. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam, and was a proud member of the American Legion. Mike was a true family man and was a member of Peter's Creek Baptist Church where he served as sound technician.

In addition to his loving wife, Mike is survived by his three children: Shawn Roper of Pickens, Travis Roper (Jensa) of Easley, and Deidra Roper of Pickens; a granddaughter: Maddison Roper of Easley; two brothers and two sisters: Janice Massingale (Calvin) of Easley, Gary Roper of Piedmont, Kenneth Roper of Easley, and Angela Roper of Cleveland, Tennessee.

In addition to his father, Mike was preceded in death by a brother: Ronnie Roper.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM on Saturday, prior to the service, at Dillard Funeral Home.

The family is at their respective homes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either the Quilts of Valor Foundation Local Chapter: 2661 Earls Bridge Road, Easley, SC 29640; or to the Pickens County EMS: 216 L E C Rd, Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  • Lisha Dianne Gilstrap Roper, Spouse
  • Joseph Daniel "Joe" Roper, Father (deceased)
  • Evelyn Christine Gilstrap Roper, Mother
  • Shawn Roper, Son
  • Travis Roper (Jensa), Son
  • Deidra Roper, Daughter
  • Maddison Roper, Grandchild
  • Janice Massingale (Calvin), Sister
  • Gary Roper, Brother
  • Kenneth Roper, Brother
  • Angela Roper, Sister
  • Ronnie Roper, Brother (deceased)

  • Pickens County EMS, Honorary Pallbearers


17 April


9:30 am - 10:45 am

Dillard Memorial Funeral Home


17 April

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hillcrest Memorial Park



Michael "Mike" Wade Roper

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Diane Bishop

April 8, 2021

Lisha and family. I am so sorry to hear about Mike. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. May God wrap His arms around all of you and give you “a peace that passeths all understanding.

Robert & Tracy Mcgaha

April 7, 2021

We are sorry about y'all's loss. All your neighbors will be here if the family needs anything.
Mcgaha Family

Tami Hall

April 7, 2021

My prayers for the family. I had the privilege of working with Mike at Pickens County. He was such a sweet man, who always seemed to manage a smile. I will miss his always bright and funny facebook posts.

Elaine Bagwell

April 7, 2021

Mike was genuinely a good man. I never will forget his smile and his great jokes. He will be missed by many. Praying for you Lisha and for your family.

Lavern Lesley Holcombe

April 7, 2021

My sincere heartfelt sympathies go out to Ms. Evelyn and rest of family. Will be much in prayer for all!

Joyce. Bolding

April 7, 2021

I just want to let each and everyone of yall know my prayers are with yall and I am thinking about yall I am so sorry I love each and everyone of yall

Tom Hendricks

April 7, 2021

Mike was always fun to talk to. He was free with his advice and always had suggestions to make the County better. We frequently had time to discuss NASCAR and who the villains were. A good guy , if for no other reason, HE WAS A CAVALRY MAN!

Kathy Powell

April 7, 2021

I will never forget the time that mom fell and broke her leg we were all at work so mom called EMS Mike was on call.when I received the call that mom have fell left work to go to the hospital when I walked in the room there was Mike standing over mom and holding her hand. She was afraid being alone and he stayed with her until I got there. That just the kind of man he was .He will be missed. love and prayers for the family

Ron Williams

April 6, 2021

So sorry about Mike’s passing.He was a wonderful friend and his presence will be greatly missed by everyone.Will not be the same at church without him there.Our prayers to the Roper family and know that if there’s anything we can do just let us know.We love each one of you .

Brenda Hayes

April 6, 2021

Praying for the family. Mike was a Facebook friend who will be missed! I will miss reading his posts which always brought a smile to my face. I will miss his Nam and EMS stories! He was certainly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.