Services for Ralph Roe, 82, of Rockdale will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Rev. Carl Hudson of First Baptist Church in Cameron and Rev. Russ Willis of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale will officiate.
Visitation is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home.
Mr. Roe died at his home, Sunday, Sept. 1, after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 24, 1931, in Delaware, Oklahoma, to James Fred and Gertrude Hartsey (Rice) Roe.
Mr. Roe was raised and graduated high school from Delaware, Oklahoma, and had lived in several other places in Oklahoma.
He attended Alvin Jr. College.
Mr. Roe joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conf lict and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.
He married Billie Jean Ellis on Sept. 8, 1951, in Jasper.
They have lived and raised their sons the past 49 years in Rockdale, having moved here from Somerville.
Mr. Roe worked for the Corp of Engineers and helped build Lake Somerville Dam. He also worked for Brown & Root, Fluor Daniels, Alcoa and retired from HB Zachry. After retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher for Rockdale ISD.
Mr. Roe was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, past president of Evening Lions Club, member of Rockdale Masonic Lodge No. 414 AF& AM, American Legion, past president of Rockdale Booster Club and a strong supporter of all Rockdale High School sports.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Robert “Jay Bob” Roe on March 26, 1984; a granddaughter, Kimberly Lynn Roe; a brother, Calvin David Roe; and a sister, Juanita Edginger.
Survivors are his wife, Billie Jean Roe of Rockdale; two sons, Charles Wayne Roe of Macon, Georgia, Richard Ralph Roe of Rockdale; two sisters, Billie Smith and Mary Lou Hiemer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; six grandchi ldren, Dust in Roe, April Frailey, Donnie Roe, Chelsea Roe, Kristi Martin and Kelley Jahnke; and 10 great-grandchildren, Jose Abila, Rosemary Abila, Lexi Roe, Taylor Frailey, Garrett Jahnke, Sierra Frailey, Adian, Ashley, Arrok and Preston Roe.
Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Johnson, Jack Larkin, Clemente Abila, Royce Hudson, Elbert Page and Lee Parsley.