Funeral procession today for APD/AFD chaplain

Asheville Fire and Police Chaplain Wayne Roper passed away on April 1 at Mission Hospital. Chaplain Roper served several years for Asheville Fire and Police Departments assisting with ceremonies and providing emotional support.  On Friday, April 7, there will be a procession from Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Ave., which will commence at 1 p.m. and proceed to The First Assembly of God Church in Franklin.

Procession route:

  • Leave Groce Funeral Home 1 p.m.
  • Asheville Police Department will lead procession
  • Asheville Fire Department Engine 8 in the procession along with marked SUVs
  • Proceed Patton Avenue onto I-40 at exit 44
  • AFD Quint 10 will display American flag from bridge over I-40 just past Exit 44.
  • Procession will travel I-40 on to Franklin


To learn about Chaplain Roper’s life, please visit