James William Roach
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The Rev. James William "J.W." Roach, 89, of Chalk Bluff, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Providence Health Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at First Baptist Church of Waco, with Dr. Gary Hearon, the Rev. Worth Hewitt, and Dr. Randall Perry officiating. The Rev. David Bolin will be music director for the service. Burial will follow at Moore Cemetery in Chalk Bluff. J.W. was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Oil City, Okla., to William and Gertrude Roach. J.W. received his Bachelor's of Science from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas, and did his graduate work at Baylor University. He spent 50 years as an educator and pastor of several churches across the state of Texas, including Texline, Pride, Wells, Splendora, Cleveland, Security, Gholson, Gateway, and Willow Grove. Especially fulfilling to J.W. were the two years he and only five other educators operated the University of Texas pilot program for the education of severely emotionally disturbed students through the Waco Independent School District. He brought an end to his secular career, serving 15 years with the Texas Employment Commission. In his first pastorate (Texline), he met and married his wife Joan Parks Roach Sept. 5, 1943. They ministered together for over 66 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed participating in shortwave radio, carrying the call-sign W5AYX. He was a founding member and past president of the Heart of Texas Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed countless hours participating in passing "traffic messages" around the world for people to their loved ones. He received numerous awards for this service from the American Radio Relay League, the US national organization of Amateur Radio operators. Prior to moving to Waco in the mid-50's, he was active in Kiwanis International. J.W. has been a dynamic member of the First Baptist Church of Waco for the past 20 years since his retirement from the full-time ministry. He and Joan were selected Senior Adults of the Year in 2004, and J.W. has faithfully taught Sunday School in the Louis-Edwards class for the last 10 years. His greatest joy has been watching and participating in the lives of his three grandsons, and baptizing them upon their professions of faith. He was preceded in death by his mother; father; brothers, Elmer, Frank, Finis; and sister, Gertrude. He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Marvin and wife, JoEllen Roach; grandsons, Thomas, Matthew, and Nathan Roach, all of Waco; dear in-laws, Herbert and LaDelle Stobbe of Leroy; and nieces, Billie Glover and husband, Carl of Mesquite, Nev., Carolyn Thomas and husband, George of Georgetown, Texas, Denise Haynes of Pampa, Texas, Debra Githens of Hinton, Okla.; and numerous cousins. Pallbearers will be Dale Connally, Kent McKern, Bob Herndon, Lynn Parks, Ralph Lee, and Andy Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Herbert Stobbe, Hilton Havis, Glen Hall, and E.K. McClain. Special thanks to Drs. William "Billy" Pitts Jr. and Charles "Dutch" Schultz III, and their nurse Andrea for their compassionate care these many years. Thanks to First Baptist Church Sunday School classes A3 and A6 for their love and support. Thanks also to the "Angels" of the CHF clinic, giving over and above. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Friends for Life, and First Baptist Preschool Development Center. The online Guest Book is available at www.oakcrestwaco.com August 7, 1920 - January 27, 2010 Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com



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Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2010.
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February 24, 2010
My sincere condolences are with you, Mrs. Roach, and your son and his family, our neighbors for almost 30 years. God be with Mr. Roach on his new journey.
Virginia Compton
February 5, 2010
My deepest sympathy he will be missed (Bennie Naiser..KA5TWB)
Bennie Naiser
February 2, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Geneva Mull
February 2, 2010
Condolecens from the Edgar M. Gonzalez family. Even now, we will be fond of the great example J. W. set for us at the First Baptist Church of Waco Sunday School Class. We will always remember you your kind and humble spirit.
Edgar Gonzalez
February 2, 2010
I always enjoyed listening to J.W. on the radio. He was a great example and mentor for new hams. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family.
Garry Lusk
January 31, 2010
Our deepest sympathy. J.W. May you rest in peace in that house not made with hands eternal in the heavens. Joann, we have so many pleasent memories spent with you and J.W.

George W5POG and Ruth W5SGR Erickson
George Erickson
January 31, 2010
God Bless all of you down there in Texas during this time.. Wish we could be with you...Love to all,
Grimes Family
January 30, 2010
Thank you, JW for your kindnesses and assistance on the 7290 traffic net. You always made the net a truly warm and loving experience. Best of 73's! -Robert "Corky" Sarvis, WB5CIT, Boerne TX
Robert "Corky" Sarvis
January 30, 2010
Condolences from Archie WB5NCK and Brigitte KC0WZB,Licking, MO. We are honored to have known you JW. Rest in peace.
January 30, 2010
JW will be missed by the amateur radio community. He was a first class operater.
Larry KC0M
January 30, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Lorraine Kluge
January 30, 2010
I praise God for J. W. Roach! He loved me and believed in me and helped to "launch" me in ministry. His investment in me multiplied his ministry to thousands as I have preached the Gospel these past 35 years. I know that he is now enjoying his eternal reward and has heard the words from the lips of our Lord Jesus, "Well done, good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of your Master." Joan and Marvin, may you know the comfort of God's Holy Spirit in your time of grief. With love and gratitude for a life that touched mine and countless others.
Dr. Preston Nix
January 29, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
ANDREA FULP
January 29, 2010
May he rest in GODS HOUSE.
Walter Webb
January 29, 2010
J. W. will truly be missed. Our comfort is in knowing that he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, worshiping Him and that those of us who know Christ as our Savior will someday be reunited in Heaven. My prayer is that the comforting hand of God will be placed on the family. Remember that God will be glorified in all things. 73 and God bless. KC5DEF
Nathan Winship
January 29, 2010
My deepest sympathy for your loss of JW. He was well loved on the ham bands as I am sure he was in your community. He will be missed very much.
David Wilson K5DNB
January 29, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Janie Salinas Foster
January 29, 2010
J.W. taught me in high school in 1949, at the time he was getting his ham license. A very fine man and a good ham friend for these many years. He will be missed by those who knew him.

Clyde Dominy, N5IF, Cleveland, Texas
January 28, 2010
I was blessed to know JW for about 49 years. He was a good man and good friend all those years. I think that the Good lord will have prepared a mansion in Heaven for JW.
We will miss him greatly.

Johnny K5JD (ex-K5LZA)
January 28, 2010
We are indeed blessed---those of us in the Ham Community that hold dear many rich and fond memories of our association with a very good man and Ham radio operator. Our prayers go out to all who feel this loss.

Jim, K5BDC
Jim Nash
January 28, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear of J. W. passing. We know today that is with the Lord. My prayers go with the family at this time.
Ray Taylor N5NAV
January 28, 2010
JW was a true friend. Met him several times at various locations and never saw him without a big smile and a greatful handshake. I'll miss you on the air and sure others will also. GOD bless your family and we'll meet again someday.
73's Sam Clark WA5DTY
Sam Clark
January 28, 2010
So sad that we lost a very good friend, J.W. W5AYX... All of us that knew J.W. appreciated his friendship and encouragement.
73 K5BMR
George Bobo
January 28, 2010
My Good Friend J.W. may God Bless you with all of his love.. We have know each other for over 40 years. Jodie K8KP
Jodie
January 28, 2010
Another great loss to the Ham community and our hobby. Via Con Dios JW. Cyrus Turner / W5DXE (Cleveland ,TX.)
January 28, 2010
Another great loss to the Ham community and our hobby. VIa Con Dios JW.Cyrus Turner/W5DXE (Cleveland ,TX.)
January 28, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Roach was my Texas History teacher in the 60's, and I admired him.
Anna Dyson
January 28, 2010
I'm sorry for your loss. Mr. Roach was my teacher at University Junior High.
Peggy Griffin Johnson
January 28, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Dr. Max Ketner
January 28, 2010
Thoughts & prayers to the familie rip J W
73s
ki4wbv.
Wayne Hartzog
Ft Walton Bech FL.
January 28, 2010
We have lost a very good friend and Ham. All of us on the 7290 Traffic Net will miss him greatly and will miss the support he was always willing to give.
Jo Ann Keith KA5AZK
January 28, 2010
To the Roach family
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time and the days ahead.

Lorraine, Eddie Gomez and Gloria Gomez
Lorraine Rodriguez
January 28, 2010
J W was my Amateur Radio friend for 50 years. He was a mentor and confidant. His significant contributions will be missed by many.
David Woolweaver
January 28, 2010
To one of the most dearest pastor friends I have ever known, personally, spiritually, and physically. Between Ham Radio, Willow Grove Baptist Church, and life. May God continue to bless us all because of this soul. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your wisdom, and friendship! KE5MZS
Chaplain Dell Bredemeyer
January 28, 2010
J. W. and Family, You have been an outstanding friend. Thanks for all the help during your lifetime. I will miss you. K5YKC
Rodney Baden
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