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Sheila Diana Roark

May 11, 1954June 22, 2020
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Shelia Martin Roark. Sunrise: May 11, 1954 Sunset: June 22, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Doris Martin. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Billy Roark; three sons, Timothy and wife, Melissa, Joshua, and Wesley and wife, Lou; 10 grandchildren, Victoria, Shiann, Isaiah, Jacob, Ryan, Skylar, Kaitlyn, Toby, Nathan and Landon. Shelia was "Little NANA" to three great-grandchildren, Ella, Alice, and Charley; six brothers, Randy and his wife, Janice Martin, Tony and his wife, Belinda Martin, Tracy and his wife, Tamera Martin, Billy Paul Martin, Lemuel and his wife, Tracie Martin, Daniel and his wife, Joanne Martin; three sisters, Wanda and her husband, Danny Holden, Pamela and her husband, Victor Cox, all of Hickory, and Debra and her husband, Terry Johnson of Cowpens, SC. Shelia and her beloved Mother-in-Law, Jaqueline Roark, were lovingly known to the family as "Ruth and Naomi." A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 at Brookford Cemetery, 6314 Olas Drive, Hickory, NC 28602. Shelia lived her life for others. Dedicated her all to her husband and children. Most and foremost, she was Dedicated to her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020


Sheila Diana Roark

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Amy Surbaugh

June 26, 2020

I can't believe you are gone. I miss you so much. You always had a smile on your face no matter what. I always cherish our talks. I know i could turn to you to talk about anything. I know you are rejoicing with pawpaw and mawmaw. I will see you again. Love you aunt sheila. My heart goes out to her sons Tim Wesley and Josh. To my uncle Billy who lost the love of his life. You all will be in my prayers. If you need anything I will be here. Love you all

Katherine Brown

June 26, 2020

She was one of the most best co workers.she will be deeply missed.

Brenda Mahadeo

June 26, 2020

Sister Shelia was a very nice Christian lady that loved the Lord. I did not have that much fellowship with her except when Cyril would preach at their church. She was always kind and sweet
She will be missed greatly but we have the assurance they we will meet again one day. God bless you Bro. Billy and I pray that the Lord will give you the strength to make it through this

Deborah ( Biggs) Braswell

June 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I used to play with her when we're little. I'll miss seeing here at my family dinners


June 26, 2020

To the Martin family
I am so sorry for your loss . We grew up together went to school together and church together.
We grew up and life took us in separate directions and we lost touch
I remember Sheila and the guys well Randy, Tony, Lemeul its been years since i saw any of you and now we are at this point and i wish we would have stayed in touch .
Again i am sorry for your loss and much love to all of you
If you dont know the name Jim Conley, maybe you will know me by the name Jimmy Page

Paulette Austin

June 26, 2020

Sister Shelia was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met, soft spoken and had such a sweet humble spirit about her. It waa such an honor to have met this child of God . She really missed her mom and dad and longed to be with them. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Prayers for the family and especially for Brother Billy as I know he misses her more than anyone could imagine. She is finally home, at peace and rest and in a perfect body. You will see her again , God bless and comfort each of you. 🙏

Deborah Rowe

June 26, 2020

Kathy Rowe Hunt

June 25, 2020

Sister Shelia was a sweet humble lady. Always had a smile. I can remember going to her Father and Mother house with my parents. We would sing and Iisten to tapes of William Marion Branham. I so enjoy all my visit with her and Bill. Till we meet at Jesus feet my precious friend.

Pam Travis

June 25, 2020

I have known Sheila for years. Haven’t seen her in a very long time but kept up with her on Facebook. My heart is so broken but she’s well and rejoicing with our Heavenly Father. The family is in my prayers.

Kristen Hamby

June 24, 2020

My love and prayers are with you brother Billy. God be with you and the family through this fragile and difficult time.

Proverbs 31:28 KJV
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Proverbs 3:15,17 KJV
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. [17] Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.



To Sheila Diana Roark, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Sheila, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Sheila really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Born at Kings Mountain Hospital in Kings Mountain, NC, her parents were Eugene and Doris Martin. Even as a child, Sheila had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. As the daughter of a pastor, Shelia’s family relocated as necessary. She was raised in Kings Mountain, Georgia, Tennessee, South Georgia, Rutherfordton, NC and Hickory, NC.

Always a good playmate, Sheila was easygoing and fun loving. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Sheila managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Sheila was raised with nine. She had Wanda, Randy, Debra, Pam, Tony, Daniel, Tracy, Billy Paul, and Lemuel.

All of Sheila's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Sheila experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She loved to run and play horseshoes. Sheila's memorable achievements included being a proficient runner.

Sheila simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Sheila attended Hickory High School and completed 11th grade. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English.

Sheila never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. This quality allowed Sheila to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Sheila utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Cordilla and Hobert, Vivian, Helen, Kenneth, Randall. Later in life, she became friends with Diane Massagee, Bessie Waters, Martha Rodatz. Sheila loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Sheila very easy to approach. On December 9, 1972 Sheila exchanged wedding vows with William Henry Roark Jr. at New Testament Church of Hickory, NC. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Sheila related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Sheila was blessed with Three Sons, Timothy, Joshua, Wesley. They were also blessed with Ten Grandchildren and Three Great-Granddaughters, Victoria, Shiann, Isaiah, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Toby, Nathan, Landon, Ryan, Skylar. Sheila had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Sheila's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Sheila had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Sheila was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Sheila was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Sheila's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Sheila as an excellent problem solver. She was employed by BSN Jobst for 28 years as a knitter.

Sheila enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Photography was one of her favorite hobbies that she shared with others.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Sheila recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of New Testament Church for 66 years. During that time, she played the organ and sang duets with Billy.

It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. Favorite vacations included trips to Montana, the beach, the mountains and New York City.

Sheila was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Sheila's favorites was Trixie, a Toy Poodle. They were best friends for 14 years.

Sheila passed away on June 22, 2020 at at her home in the arms of her husband, Billy. She is survived by her husband, Billy; three sons, Timothy, Joshua, Wesley; thirteen grandchildren; nine brothers and sisters. Services were held at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Brookford Cemetery. Sheila was laid to rest in Brookford Cemetery, Hickory, NC.

Sheila brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Sheila Diana Roark lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.