Cumberland Times-News


August 24, 2011

ROGER D. “BUB” PIPER JR. [Cresaptown]

CRESAPTOWN — Roger Dale Piper Jr., “Bub” known by his friends, 39, of Cresaptown, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at his residence.

Born Sept. 8, 1971 in Romney, W.Va., he was the son of Debra (Davidson) Oates and step-father, Michael Oates.

In addition to his parents surviving are three sons, Roger Dale Piper III, Phillip Michael John Piper, Lucas Elliot Piper; one daughter, Kylee Dawn Piper; one granddaughter, Maci Payne; one sister, Lisa Twigg; one nephew, Richard Twigg; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Roger “Bub” was a very loving and caring son, father, brother and uncle. Bub was a true friend to anyone who needed one. He will be sadly missed by family and friends alike. Roger is in heaven with his beloved grandfather, Garrett D. Davidson Sr., grandmother, Nellie Francis Piper and aunt, Judy Piper, and his best friends, Paul Skelly, Mark E. Kline and Timmy Kline. He loved fishing, hunting, and spending time with his children, watching the play baseball, soccer, and putting Legos together with them. His children were his life. He was a wonderful person. He would give his last penny to someone who needed it. He will be missed everyday, until we meet again in heaven. He can spend his next birthday with his grandfather, and give him a hug and kiss from all of us.

One night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.  Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.  For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.  I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints.  I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life.

This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it.  “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.  But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then I carried you."—Mary Stevenson

At his request his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.

Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, is in charge of the arrangements.

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