Rural 01

Charles "CB" Browning Roper

April 19, 1932 ~ December 28, 2021 (age 89)


Charles Browning "C. B." Roper, 89, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  He was born April 19, 1932 in Macon County to the late Clingman and Clemmie Rosetta Rowland Roper.  Mr. Roper had worked for Franklin Frozen Foods and Blaylock Meat Company.  He was a honeybee keeper, he loved to walk in the woods, loved to cut firewood, loved family, and loved the Oakdale Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 40 years. He was known as the "Mayor" of Burningtown for over 60 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Rebecca Collier Roper; daughter, Katrina Ann Roper Clark (Michael) of Franklin, NC; son, Charles Michael Roper of Franklin, NC; and grandson, Chris Clark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Bertha Stewart and Cora Queen; half-sisters, Ethel Welch and Maude Queen; brothers, R. L. Roper and Shirley Darrel Roper; half-brothers, Carol Rowland, Bronce Roper, T. C. Roper and Dalton Rowland.

A funeral service will be held Friday, December 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary McCoy, Rev. Johnny Raby and Rev. Charles Roper officiating. Burial will be in Roper Cemetery.   The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, prior to the service.     

Pallbearers will be Michael Shuler, Henry Rowland, Curly Rowland, Buddy Mathis, Jamie Mathis and Paul Higdon. Honorary pallbearers are Burningtown Iotla Fire Department, Ronnie Roper and Keith Henry. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Roper family.  Online condolences may be made at

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charles "CB" Browning Roper, please visit our floral store.

Memorial Tree
A Memorial Tree was planted for Charles "CB"

We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory

Join in honoring their life - plant a memorial tree


December 31, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Chapel of Bryant

Funeral Service
December 31, 2021

2:00 PM
Chapel of Bryant

© 2022 Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility