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James Allen Roach, Jr.

June 30, 1952 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

James Roach, Jr. Obituary

James Allen Roach, Jr., age 71, of Evansville, IN, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Newburgh, IN.

James was born June 30, 1952, in Evansville, IN, to James Roach, Sr. and Dorothy (Merriweather) Roach. He graduated from Central High School in 1971 and attended Purdue University. James was a Veteran in the United States National Guard Reserves. He worked as a Maintenance Mechanic for Bristol Myers for many years and later retired as a Maintenance Mechanic from ResCare. James loved watching the Michigan Wolverines and the Boston Celtics, but he was the biggest Dallas Cowboys fan. He also loved poetry, photography, DJing, and watching Star Trek, movies, and Judge Judy. James loved his family and was a wonderful father, and he especially loved spending time with both his children and grandchildren.

James possessed a heart that knew no bounds. He was filled with love, compassion, generosity, and laughter. He possessed a captivating personality that left an undeniable mark on all who knew him.

James is survived by his loving wife of 2 ½ years, together for 34 years, Paula (Stubblefield) Roach; children, Shaneese Hooks (Tyson Sr.), Melissa Roach (Evan), April Williams (James), Joy Roach, Whitney Carter (Clifton), Candace Roach (Stephen), and James Roach, III; step children, Tristian Singleton and Marcus Howard; sisters, Annette Roach, Elisa Roach, Theresa Roach, Diane Harris, and Jeannetta McKinnon; brothers, Donnie Roach, Jerome Roach, Kenneth Roach, and Timothy Roach; 26 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and a host of niece, nephews, and close friends.

James is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Geraldine Roach and Donnetta Harper; and brothers, Stephen Roach, Terry Wayne Roach, Carl Merriweather, and Michael Roach.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2024, at Memorial Baptist Church, 605 Canal Street, Evansville, IN with Reverend Adrian Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until service time, Friday, January 19, 2024, at Memorial Baptist Church.

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January 19, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Memorial Baptist Church
Memorial Baptist Church, 605 Canal Street
Evansville, IN 47713

Funeral Service
January 19, 2024

11:00 AM
Memorial Baptist Church
Memorial Baptist Church, 605 Canal Street
Evansville, IN 47713


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