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Roselawn Funeral Home & Roselawn Memorial Gardens

5350 Nw Broad Street, Murfreesboro, TN

OBITUARY

James Earnest "Jim" Roark

August 1, 1938August 10, 2019
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James Earnest “Jim” Roark, age 81, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday evening, August 10, 2019 at his home. Mr. Roark was preceded in death by his parents, Tolman and Anna Lee Baker Roark. He is survived by his wife, Betty Roark; children, Craig Roark and his wife Stephanie, Scott Roark and his wife Nancy, and Traci Madden and her husband Steve; grandchildren, Ryan Roark and his wife Madeline, Abbey Leonard and her husband David, Morgan Burnett and her husband Chris, Ashton Bailey, Mollie Bailey, Zachary Roark, and Sydney Hicks; great grandchildren, Ryleigh Leonard and Aurora. Services to celebrate Mr. Roark will be at Eleven O’clock the morning of Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Roselawn Funeral Home. Placement will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Roark was born in Clay County, Kentucky and attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Kentucky. Following college, he served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. He was also the long time plant manager of Parthenon Metal in Lavergne. Mr. Roark served his community by his active involvement as a member of the Rotary Club and he loved being a part of “The Duffers Golf Club” and traveling around middle Tennessee enjoying the many area golf courses. In the last few years, he and Betty joined and began attending First United Methodist Church with other family. Family will serve as pallbearers. Please leave your thoughts or memories for the family to enjoy here on Mr. Roark’s memory page. In lieu of customary floral tributes, please make donations to Team Papa's Walk to End Alzheimer's @ act.alz.org. Friends are cordially invited to visitation Tuesday evening, August 13, 2019 from Five O’clock till Eight O’clock and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Roselawn Funeral Home, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129, 615-893-2742.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Service to Celebrate Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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James Earnest "Jim" Roark

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Nicole Giles

August 18, 2019

Uncle James, was simply the best. He lived an exemplary life and created a beautiful family with Betty. James smile and the love that poured out of him I will never forget. He was pretty great with a joke too, and always let you know you were loved. We are all blessed to love him, and be loved by him. He is so missed, he is so loved.

Thoughts, love and prayers to all the family.

With Love,
Nicole, Kelly and Evan Giles

Cecilia Blevins

August 14, 2019

The first time we met Jim and Betty, it was like we had known them for years. They made us feel very welcome in their home and Jim fixed a fantastic brisket for us. Wendell and I will always have fond memories of Jim! He was so likeable and funny. May the family find peace when they reminisce about all the great memories.

Love,

Wendell and Cecilia Blevins

Shelli Barber

August 12, 2019

James had the best hugs! Like Grandma, he always made you feel so loved.

My favorite memory is when he taught me how to water ski. He was so encouraging!

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