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Calvary Baptist Church
Monday February 7th, 2022

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William Rodney Roach

William Rodney Roach, 93, of Lovingston, VA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. He was born on January 30, 1929, in Roanoke, VA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nellie Martha Inge Roach and Robert Edward Roach, of Pamplin, VA; two brothers, Donald and Stanley Roach, and one sister, Dora Jean Roach Williams. He is survived by the love of his life of 71 years, Annie Martin Roach; children – Lynn Roach (Ski Fabyanic), Sharon Campbell (Paul), and Ann Marie Folsom; grandchildren – Brett Carter (Leslie); Katie Campbell Proffitt (Stephen), Chris Campbell (Cara); Rebekah Folsom (Christian Pickett), Kevin Folsom (Jennifer), and Zac Folsom; great grandchildren – Sterling Carter, Addison and Annabelle Norris; Austin, Harper and Brooklyn Proffitt; Farrah Folsom; siblings – Sandra McIntosh (Glenn), and John Roach (Lou).

Rodney and Annie were childhood friends and later married on September 20th, 1950. Rodney loved to eat Annie’s apple pie and homemade rolls. He often said anything she cooked was “the best I ever put in my mouth.” Rodney enjoyed being with family, creating many memories playing ball in the front yard, telling stories and laughing around the dinner table, and spending holidays with many brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Always a prankster, jokester, and storyteller (emphasis on the story), Rodney would never fail to brighten the room when he walked in.

Rodney started his law enforcement career with the Lynchburg City Police Department before joining the Virginia State Police, where he faithfully devoted 30 years. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston since 1967, where he served as a deacon and took great pride as a groundskeeper. An avid hunter and fisherman, Rodney spent many hours in the mountains or on the lake. It didn’t matter if he came home empty-handed, he just enjoyed being outdoors.

A celebration of Rodney’s life will be at 11 am on Monday, February 7th, at Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston, with Pastor Jeremy Humphrey officiating. Lunch will be served following the service in the fellowship hall where people may greet the family. A graveside service will be held later that day at 3:00 pm at Rocks Baptist Church, 393 Rocks Church Road, Pamplin, VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund (https://www.vspa.org/donate/erf.html).

Arrangements by Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston (434-263-4097).

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Had some good times with Rodney at work and enjoying outdoor adventures fishing, hunting and " just hanging around on the river bank" bowfishing for carp.

Mike Hull Feb 7 2022 9:41 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Trooper Roach's passing. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and seeing him when he stopped by the office in Charlottesville. Sending love and comfort to the Roach family and fond memories of Trooper Roach.

Dolly M Janezic Feb 6 2022 4:25 PM

Annie I am so sorry to hear about Rodney. I know this is a huge loss for you. You two spent way over half your lives together. I pray God will get you through each and every day til you are together again where there will never be sorrow or tears, only love, joy, & happiness. My love to you, Lynn, Sharon, and family.

Catherine Gilliland Feb 5 2022 10:41 PM

I first met Mr. Roach at the Izaak Walton Park Rifle Range many years ago. By sharing some of the same interests we became friends. I later learned we also had a mutual friend from his State Police days. He was a truly fine person as well as an accomplished rifleman. My condolences to the family.

Carson Ward Feb 5 2022 7:04 PM

Sympathies the,Roach family in this loss. I worked with Lynn for many years and recall her love and devotion to her family. Prayers for peace as you celebrate Mr. Roach's life.

Lou Anne Bennett

Lou Anne Bennett Feb 5 2022 12:59 PM

Sincere sympathy to the family. Lloyd and Joyce Gray

Joyce Gray Feb 5 2022 11:52 AM

I remember Trooper Roach from my time with Amherst Sheriff's Dept. and Amherst Fire Dept. He always conducted himself as a professional and a gentlemen. Condolences to his family.

Fred Loving Feb 5 2022 9:01 AM

Doug and I send our condolences. We were glad to be his neighbors, and to have met him and Annie. Very nice couple, Rodney will be missed💔😥🙏

Margie Bragg Feb 4 2022 9:59 PM

He was one of the nicest persons I've ever known. Always smiling and fun to talk with. I think about him every time I see a groundhog. Love and prayers to the family.

Bunk Dawson Feb 4 2022 9:26 PM

Prayers for the family. I hunted with Rodney up on the mountain and always looked forward to his stories. There was no such thing as having a bad day if you were around Rodney. He will be greatly missed by all his hunting buddies.

Jeff Simmons Feb 4 2022 9:12 PM

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