Bill Melzo Cropper, age 65, of Auburn, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at Hospice of Southern Kentucky in Bowling Green.

He was a Logan County native born Sept. 23, 1953 to the late Roy Wilbur Cropper and Helen Marshall Cropper. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Faye Scott; brother, Dan Cropper and granddaughter, Hannah Montgomery.

He was retired from Simpson County Tire after 28 years and member of Cave Spring Baptist Church. He loved to work on the farm, fish and was the go to fix it man. He loved his family and never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Cropper; one son, Chad Cropper and wife, Melissa -- Auburn; one daughter, Heather Montgomery and husband, Josh -- Auburn; two brothers, Roger Cropper -- Russellville, Jeff Cropper and wife, Lin -- Russellville; one sister, Betty Brown and husband, Garland -- Russellville; three grandchildren, Steven Cropper, Julie Cropper, Jacob Montgomery; two sisters in law, Alice Murley and husband, Michael, Donna Lacer and husband, Duke; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Bill Melzo Cropper were conducted Sunday, December 30 at Summers, Kirby and Sanders Funeral Home in Russellville with Brother Chris Odle and Brother Kenny Chyle officiating with burial in Cave Spring Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern Kentucky. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Bryan Estes, Jerry Haley, Wade Baker, Wesley Estes, Duke Lacer, Michael Murley, Brock Shively, Austin Smotheman, Eric Lacer and Jimmy Rogers.

Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Manning, Harry Binion, Kevin Shively, Danny Hayes, Steve Farley and Steve Bradford.