Our story begins on August 23, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio when Jessie James Roper and Sarah Louise Roper would welcome the arrival of their beautiful baby girl that they would name Kimberly Anne Roper.
She matriculated through the Cincinnati Public School System, completing her primary education and graduated from Woodward High School in 1979. She furthered her studies at Ohio University where she was the first Black Miss Ohio University.
Kim accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Walnut Hills. She grew up attending Southern Baptist Church where she was a dedicated member of the Choir, Sunday School and the Hospitality Committee, just to name a few.
Kim had a deep passion for cooking and baking her scrumptious desserts, such as her white almond cake with raspberry/lime filling and butter cream frosting, or her mouth watering “elegant chicken.”
Before moving to Atlanta, she opened a bake shop in Golf Manor that shed called “Occasions by Kimberly”. Not only did Kim love to cook, but she was quite a seamstress and made her mother’s wedding dress for her parents 25th Wedding Anniversary. After closing the bake shop, she moved to Atlanta and worked several years at AT&T as an Administrative Assistant. She later worked for the Law Firm of Shein and Brandenburg in Decatur, Georgia as an Executive Legal Assistant. Her most recent employer was as a Culinary Administrator within The Atlanta Braves Stadium.
Kim showed love and concern for everyone she encountered. If you were having a problem, big or small, she always rendered help, whether in instruction or deed. She gave with a selfless heart. She was a genuinely kind, caring, giving person. She met no strangers. She was loved by many and will be missed by many.
Kim was about doing the right thing. Dishonesty and/or underhanded would get a stern look of disapproval and a very direct, but calm tongue lashing.
Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah L. Boddie-Roper and brother, Billy W. Hawkins.
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