Roger Walton Stembridge Jr.

May 11, 1947October 13, 2020

Roger Walton Stembridge, Jr., 73, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Macon-Bibb Law Enforcement Foundation, Attn: Patrick Goff, PO Box 6437, Macon, GA 31208-6437.

Roger was born in Milledgeville, Georgia the son of Mildred Cox Stembridge and Roger W. Stembridge, Sr. and was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Stembridge. He was retired from the Macon Bibb County Police Department as a former policeman and bailiff. Roger loved the police department and at one time trained blood hounds for the Macon Police Department for tracking purposes. He was also employed by Snow’s Memorial Chapel as a licensed funeral director and embalmer where he worked for over 38 years. Roger was a United States Vietnam Marine veteran having served from 1968-1969 and a Drill Instructor from 1969-1970 at Parris Island.

Today it is my sad duty to convey to you The passing of an Marine veteran. Some of you may have met my brother-in-law, Roger Stembridge. Those of you that didn’t have that privilege will never know What a kind and generous gentleman he was. I know not the appropriate words To tell you of his good and great qualities. Born and bred in the State of Georgia, He personified the “good ol’ southern boy”. He praised when praise was due And chastised with fairness. He succumbed to whatever it was that killed him; But he did not die alone. Veterans that did not know him personally Grieve at his passing. Having known him, as my brother-in-law, As a veteran and a Marine that liked to tease this “doggie” I will miss him most. My heart goes out to my younger sister, Praying that she shall peace in knowing he is at rest. My Brother has gone on point . . . . . Long live my brother!!!! Ramon Gonzales 13 October 2020

Roger is survived by his wife, Emma Gonzales Stembridge; daughter, Andrea Murray (Erik); granddaughter, Autumn Murray; sister, Katherine Norris; nephews, Benjamin and Jeffrey Norris. Visit to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.


  • Roger is survived by his wife, Emma Gonzales Stembridge; daughter, Andrea Murray (Erik); granddaughter, Autumn Murray; sister, Katherine Norris; nephews, Benjamin and Jeffrey Norris.

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Steven Maynard

October 26, 2020

Roger was my official welcoming party when I moved to Macon. He and Emma always welcomed me in their home and ensured that I was well nourished. He was an outstandingly generous in caring for those in his encompassing circle of love. The US Marines were better because of him. My loving sympathies to Emma and all of Roger’s many friends.

Angie Outlaw

October 20, 2020

Our hearts are broken and we will miss sweet Roger's laughter so much. He was always teasing and joking, but we knew he was serious when he said he would do anything for others. He was kind and caring and had such a generous spirit. May you find peace in your memories of this great man!
Love, Del & Angie (and Austin)

Diane Franklin Baker

October 18, 2020

Roger was a friend of my dad's from childhood and a good friend of my family my whole life. Everything that everyone else said in the previous comments is so true of Roger. He was a gentle, caring, funny, smart man with a story for every situation and an unmistakable voice to tell it with. He was a lot of fun to be around, and he managed to care about everyone in my family and treat us all so warmly. He was one of the few people that knew my daddy's heart, and I will never forget him. I know he would be proud to guard the streets of heaven.

Ed Cranford

October 18, 2020

It's bad when bad news travels so fast. I haven't seen Roger since moving to Florida, but we were brothers connected by Vietnam. Emma, I was so sorry to hear, and I hope you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God Bless.

Lin Palmiter

October 16, 2020

It is with great sadness to hear of Roger's passing. How can that be....He was a "larger than life" man. He conquered so many trials, and yet he was such an a gentle man. We enjoyed so many pot luck Sunday dinners at their home. Great food and lots of stories. There were Easter Egg hunts on their lawn, Game nights and Christmas gatherings to support Toys for Tots. Always thinking of how to serve others. He will be missed by so many people. Emma has stood by his side with her love so strong you could feel. I know that Roger is in Heaven with all his Vets, Police, Friends and Family.

Tommie Mack

October 16, 2020

So many “Roger” memories come to mind. He was truly one of a kind. Such a kind, genuine, and funny man. Macon PD in the 1970s, working with Roger in the radio room...great times, great memories. RIP, my sweet friend. Love, Swivel Hips

Pat Fountain

October 15, 2020

Andrea, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I never met him, but I felt I knew him through our times together while you were my student assistant at Macon College. It was evident that you loved your dad, and I know that you will miss him.

Bob Daniels

October 15, 2020

So so sorry of the passing of a fellow Marin Corps Brother. Didn’t spend a lot of time with Roger. But he and Emma stayed wth us in Florida one weekend. And a couple Viet Nam reunions. Roger was such a fun guy to be with. Enjoyed the stories he would tell about his experiences as a Marine Drill Instructor. It was amazing all the different things he did throughout his life. I’m sure he is going to be missed by lots of folks. Rest In Peace My Brother. Semper Fidelis and OooooooRah. Hopefully one day I’ll join you in heaven and we will have a super party.

Sherry Hamm

October 15, 2020

Emma, my heart broke when I heard of Rogers passing. I remember the stories he and Jimmy laughed about from the police force. We are so glad we moved back to the area and had this time with you and Roger. May God bless you and your family during this time of loss.

karl t hieber jr

October 15, 2020

Roger was a friend that help form you to be a better person. Since 1962, Mrs. Stembridge, Roger, @ Katherine (Taffy) have been a big part of my life. As a cadet at GMC , Roger helped me . There are so many stories I could tell. He helped save my life. ! It hurt to find that he is gone, but blessed that I will see him again. I went to blue light vigil , praying for Roger and Emma @ family. I am here if you need me as Roger would do. Fellow Vet @ friend for life! Karl Hieber Jr, Hoot! @ or Radar from Mash


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