Earl Mont Roark, Jr., 78, of Midland passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014. The family will be accepting guests from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27th, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 28th, at 11:00 a.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel. Earl was born on August 22, 1935, in Abingdon, Virginia to Earl and Sally Mae Henry Roark. When Earl was seventeen years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After the Navy he returned to school and received his high school diploma, then enlisted in the Air Force. He served in the United States Air Force from 1957-1965. He learned to shoot at the age of seven and was an expert marksman. He won many awards during his military career. Earl ended his military service in Dennison, Texas, and moved his young family to Monahans, Texas, where he worked and retired for Southwestern Bell/ AT&T. He raised three boys during that time, Monty, James, and Marvin Lee. In 2001, he married Lorraine McCall Roark and together the two moved to Midland, Texas. Earl's favorite hobby was hunting, but when he wasn't outdoors he spent his time collecting guns, coins, Civil War memorabilia, and photography. He frequently met with his friends and enjoyed coffee at Whataburger. Earl was a private, reserved man that loved to have everything organized, but he also was very friendly and loving. He will be greatly missed by his friends and his family. Earl is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Lorraine Roark; children, Monty (Earl Mont III) Roark and wife, Shelia; James Roark and wife, Tammy; Marvin Lee Roark and wife, Veronica; brother, William Roark and wife, Diane; grandchildren, Jody Briggs, Alexandra Hester, Sarah Roark, Jake Roark, Thomas Roark, Lucas Roark, and Dawson Hardy; two great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sally Mae Roark; sisters, Joann Torbett and Jean Clark; and brother, Marvin Roark. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on June 26, 2014