L.V. Roark, 82, of Oneida, passed away August 30, 2014, at home with family by his side, after battling a lengthy illness.
Born February 11, 1932, he was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Stella Phillips Roark; brothers: Ward Rex Roark, James E. “Doe” Roark, and Paul Roark; sister, Estelle Ann Chambers; in-laws: Bobby Joe Chambers, Delores Roark, Juanita Roark, and Sandy Roark; and niece, Leshia Rae Terry.
After graduating from Tyner High School in 1950, he joined the United States Air Force where he served for 23 years. During his military career he was a member of the 53rd weather recon squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters, stationed in Kindly Field, Bermuda, and later in Burtonwood Royal Air Force Station in England where he met and wed the mother of his daughters, Carolyn Roark. He received numerous awards and metals during his career, retiring in 1974 with the rank of a Master-Technical Sergeant. He loved to cook and worked in that capacity as a restaurant manager and owner. Later in life he was a deputy sheriff for Scott County, and a contract cook for Norfolk Southern Railway. Most recently, he was known for selling produce during the summer seasons at Roark’s Service Station. He was a kind and generous man, often giving produce away to those who could not afford it.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sharon Roark of Oneida; son, Lawrence Vincent Roark of Oneida; daughters: Karen (Jeffery) Dickerson, and Donnalyn (Andy) Gattermeyer, all of Ohio; step-son, Grover Allen Camp of Oneida; grandchildren: Corey, Megan, Kyle, and Wade Dickerson, Drew and Kara Gattermeyer, all of Ohio; step-grandson, Nick Gattermeyer of Ohio; two great-grandchildren; brother, George Roark of Oneida; several nieces and nephews including Cindy Daniel and Teresa Jones; special friend, Martha Chambers; and many other relatives.
Funeral service was conducted September 2, in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. James Dunn and Bro. Joel Jones officiating. Graveside service was to have been conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 3, at Laxton Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.