Age 30, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Lansing, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011. Jabari was born on August 8, 1981. He was a 2000 graduate of Everett High School and a state of Indiana employee.

He leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his life: his loving and devoted wife of 7 years, Katrina; his parents, George Thornton and Sabrina Roper Thornton; brother, JaQuan Roper of Tampa, FL; grandfather, Gary Lee (Charlotte) Roper; aunt, Stacy Roper Jackson; and father and mother-in-law, Christopher and Theodora May. Jabari was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Janice French Roper.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2011 at Reachout Christian Center Church, 5628 Wise Rd., Lansing. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. The casket will be open on Thursday at the funeral home and closed at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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28 Messages to “Jabari Lee Roper”

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    Kristi "lil thug" Cooper Says:

    Jabari – Words can not express how much I miss you. I miss seeing you walk in every morning with that wonderful smile. I miss rolling back and forth in our chairs listening to songs, watching youtube vidoes and just laughing and having a great time. No matter how the day was going, you made me, and I know others, laugh. You are truly one of a kind. I am so very grateful to have had this short time with you. After meeting your family and friends in MI, I see where you get it from. you have an awesome family! To Jabari’s family, Katrina – thank you for allowing us to be a part of Jabari’s life. Just know that even though we are all miles away, we miss him and will continue to keep you all in our prayers. There is a poem that I think of Jabari, I have it hung up on my wall at work. It’s The Dash Poem, by Linda Ellis. If you have the time, please read it. He lived his life to the fullest, and that is what we are going to remember. He has made such an impact on so many people, its wonderful to know he is now our angel and will always watch over us. Forever loved and NEVER forgotten! R.I.P. Jabari!!!!!! Kristi – DWD

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    Chiquela Banks Says:

    You will be greatly missed. I met you at work at DWD in Indiana. You were such a joy to know, although it was only for a brief moment. To the family, may the peace of God which passes all understanding give you comfort and grace to overcome. This is not a tragedy, it is a triumph.

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    D. Jean Kennedy Says:

    To the Family of Jabari I met him about 4 years ago, he was so full of joy, love and happiness. He shared this love with people he met. It is so hard to realize that he is gone. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I was honored to have met one of God’s talented angels on this earth. You have to know that he was very much loved by his family and friends by the way he carried himself. There are no words that will help to ease the pain in loosing someone you loved so dear. May you find some comfort in knowing that he is resting with our savior. God gave him to us for a little while now he wanted his son to come home. As the days ahead unfold may the sweet spirit of Jesus rest rule and abide with you and your family until we meet again.

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