Elder Dwayne Robert Lopes Sr.

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Dwayne Robert Lopes Sr was born on June 8, 1970 in Danville Virginia to Barbara Ann (Walton) Lopes and Matthew Roberts Lopes. Elder Dwayne Lopes is not only an ordained minister who was the former host of local, award winning Christian television program “The Light of the World, “Armor Men of God”, and Gospel Nation Broadcasting ministry. In addition, he also graduated Summa Cum Laude earning his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Leadership Ministry from Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. Dwayne was currently pursing his Master’s degree in Practical Theology, and had just two more weeks to obtain his degree. Dwayne was an author writing three books which includes, “My Father’s Business”, “Rhyme Time”, and “Once Upon A Rhyme In H-Town” two books which characterized each of his children. His children is his legacy.
Dwayne was a man who loved God, life and people. He was a servant leader, elder, husband, father of seven children, friend, and counselor. He was a family man and loved his family. His family consist of 3 sons and 4 daughters and he was a kid at heart. He never met a stranger and was clearly an extreme extrovert having various illustrations. He was kind, and a warrior but always illustrated the truth. Dwayne was the youngest in his family and was born with a heart condition called Marfans Syndrome which affects the heart, eyes, blood vessels, and bones. Everyday was a battle for him, seeing he could only see out of one eye, and had pain daily, however, he was an overcomer. Dwayne was an avid reader, and a Theologian preacher and was very knowledgeable in the scriptures. He was often referred to as the Walking Bible.
Dwayne was a member of Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies for 10 years, and was ordained by Bishop Sherman Watkins. He also used his gifts to collaborate with various churches in the Central Ohio community to serve as a laborer to help those in leadership and others. He served 14 years at First Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Timothy J. Clarke as he continued his spiritual growth. He commenced a prison ministry at First Church of God, and worked as a volunteer driver transporting senior citizens to Meals on Wheels for lunch at First Church for over two years. He also served as a floor tech to keep First Church floors shining and volunteered at various food pantries.
On Saturday, March 26, 2022, after a long battle with cardiac issues, Dwayne gained his wings. He was proceeded in death by his mother Barbara Ann Lopes, Father Matthew Lopes, and son Michael Dawson.
Dwayne is survived by wife Maria E Lopes, son Dwayne Robert Lopes Jr, Richard Sinclair Taylor, daughters Diana Carol-Barbara Lopes, Brittoria L Mathis-Lopes, Marayah A Gray-Lopes, Alexis E Scott-Lopes, and god daughter Nyla Gibson. Sibling Troy (Tonya) Lopes Sr, and nephews Troy (Aminah) Lopes Jr, Joshua Lopes, Caleb Lopes, and nieces Makayla Lopes, and Ruth Lopes. Special cousins Rodney and Danny and beloved aunt Ree, mother- in-law Carol Shaw-Dabo, brother-in -law David (Lasheba) Cooper, Brian (Terika) Cooper, Monroe Guinn, Tony Guinn, Joshua Guinn, and Tyrone Guinn. Best friend Craig Gibson, Orlando Anthony, and too many more friends to name

Visitation 2:00 PM and Memorial Service 3:00 PM Saturday, April 2, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Jeffrey W Bryson

    My sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family during this time praying that God gives all of you comfort and strength

  2. Maria,
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    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.


  3. It’s been quite without you brother. Gonna miss you big time.

  4. Praying for u and the girls.daily I worked with u and dwanye would call u and yall would say hay boo and I can here him just laughing. Maria I don’t no your pain but I feel your pain.im asking God to give u the strength to carry on.if anything I mean anything u need of me I’m here for u and with u.love u much.

  5. Sherice Ayitsey

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Praying God will comfort and strengthen you all.

  6. Sending My Deepest Deepest Condolences To You Maria & Your Beautiful Daughters God Wrap Your Comforting Arms Around The Family & Give Them The Strength That They Need To Stand I Love You Maria

  7. My deepest condolences to you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys always. Love you guys ❤️

  8. JACQUELINE evans-hill


  9. Stephen & Rhonda Lee

    Maria, we pray that God comforts & keeps you and your girls at this time in your life. Your family has our deepest condolences & should you ever need us we are just a phone call away. We love you Maria, Love always Stephen & Rhonda Lee

  10. Rubin Gibbons

    Sending My deepest condolences to you and your family at this time. Yall ARE in my thoughts and prayers

  11. Kristine Robinson

    My sincere condolences to Maria and the family. It was a privilege to work with such a caring and honorable man who was fiercely devoted to his family. His legacy will live on in all the lives that he has touched.

  12. Veronica K. Anthony

    Maria, we send our deepest Condolences to you the children, and the family. We will continue to lift all of you up before the Lord. On behalf of Orlando, Denise, William, and myself we send our love and prayers. May God wrap his arms around all of you. We love you! The Anthony family.

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