Raymond Carl Roark, age 78 of West Jefferson, died Monday, March 16, 2020 at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Roark was born May 8, 1941 in Ashe County to the late Edward and Blanche Roark. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Mates and brother Reeves Roark. Raymond loved to hunt, fish, garden and hunt ginseng. He also enjoyed watching Charles Stanley, Gunsmoke and Andy Griffin. Many people thought he was the best auto body repair man in Ashe County.

Funeral services for close family and friends will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Badger Funeral Home Chapel by Brother Ralph Smith and Rev. Lloyd Day. Burial will follow in the Roark Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm prior to the service.

Mr. Roark is survived by, his daughter, Cindy Cox (James) of Little River, SC, brothers, Roy Roark of West Jefferson and Russell Roark (Brenda) of Laurel Springs, sisters, Iva Dean Smith (Steve) of West Jefferson and Ima Jean Smith (Jay) of Wilkesboro, step- grandchild, Emily Collins (Blake), step-great-grandchild, Bryce Collins. Several nieces and nephews also survive.


During a family’s time of loss, understandably family and friends would like to visit and express their sympathy. Badger Funeral Home asks that during this difficult time for the safety and well being of the family, please keep touching and contact to a minimum. We ask if you have visited outside of the USA in the last two weeks or if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms to please wait and visit with the family at a later time. You may contact the family by email, place an online condolence on our website or give the family a phone call. Again, we understand this is a difficult time but we encourage exhibiting safety and courtesy to everyone involved in these services. The mandate from Governor Cooper includes funerals, visitations and all services so we must limit the attendance until further notice. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.

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