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Roy Benjamin Roark

Originally published: Feb. 5
Last modified: Feb. 5

Mr. Roy Benjamin Roark, 96, of Harmony, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.

Mr. Roark was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Ashe County to John and Bethania Roark. Mr. Roark was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Willie Roark; and daughter, Mary Lynn Roark.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Badger Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. John Waylan. Burial will follow in Roark Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday prior to the service.

Mr. Roark is survived by seven sons, Harold Roark of Summerville, Howard Roark of Lansing, Johnny Roark of Harmony, Wayne Roark of Hamptonville, Jerry Roark of Wallburg, Michael Roark of Statesville, and David Roark of Harmony; one daughter, Margaret Gallimore of Stoney Point; also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mr. Roark's arrangements.

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