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Gay Willie Roach
September 28, 1948 - October 6, 2021

Mr. Gay Roach, Jr., of Trumann departed this life on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the family residence at the age of 73 years and 8 days.  He was bornTuesday, September 28, 1948 in Marked Tree, AR and lived most of his lifetime in Trumann.  Gay Jr. was the Founder, President and CEO of Roach Mfg. and a member of First Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Gay Willie Roach, Sr., and Margaret Cloie McFerrin.        He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Kathy Law Roach of the home; two sons, G. W.  (Cara) Roach of Trumann and Joshua Wayne (Jaime) Roach Callahan of Trumann; three daughters, Leisa (Michael) Reese of Trumann, Jennifer (Benjamin) Cronkhite of Trumann and Mallory (Seth) Jacobs of Collinsville, IL; two brothers, Gary Roach and Mike Roach, Sr., two sisters, Margaret Roach Parks and Nandra Roach; eleven grandchildren, Merritt (Christi) Davis, Scarlett (Kaleb) Capps, Skye (Houston) Broughton, Keefer Roach, Jaycee (Jimmy) Creecy, Sydney Callahan, Peyton Callahan, Lily Cronkhite, Jackson Cronkhite, Eli Jacobs, Layla Jacobs and Asa Jacobs; and five great-grandchildren, Kai, Lainey, Rachel, Anna and Briar.        G.W. loved being surrounded by his family.  The joy of “Family Sundays” and holidays meant so much too him.  He adored his loving wife, Kathy, as she did him.  He also loved nights out with friends, especially Supper Club.  His Country Club days gave him lots of good memories and many laughs. And, we will all miss those wonderful fish frys!         He was so proud of the success of Roach Manufacturing Corporation.  He had the ability to see a problem, figure out how to solve it in his mind; and, then take those ideas and create a solution.  He designed several of the machines used in the manufacturing process at the plant; and, with an innovative spirit he was constantly modernizing and improving on processes daily.  He was the “go to” person for any question about anything in the Roach Facility.         He was a very giving person who did many things for our community and never wanted any recognition.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.         Visitation will be Thursday evening  from 5  -  7 at First Baptist Church in Trumann.       Celebration of Life will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Trumann with Dr. Tad Rogers and Rev. John Maley officiating.  Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.         Pallbearers will be Scotty Taylor, Jan Morgan, Matt Moon,  Jim Berry, Chris Kain, Farrell Timms, Mike Roach, Jr., and Regan Parks.       In compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering is optional.            An online register book can be signed at www. thompsonfuneralhome.net      

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October 7, 2021
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

First Baptist Church
1301 Highway 69 West
Trumann, AR 72472

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Funeral Service

October 8, 2021
01:00 PM

First Baptist Church
1301 Highway 69 West
Trumann, AR 72472

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  1. Jenifer Prichard Mott, Flippin says

    So very sorry for you loss. You all are in my prayers.

  2. Larry Cook , Walnut Ridge, AR.. says

    So Sorry For Your Loss Family I'll be praying for you all during these very difficult times. I was an old friend and childhood class mate in elementary school, and always liked Gay ! My brother Johnny worked for and thought the world of the whole family Rest in peace old friend Larry Cook

  3. The Davis Family, Trumann, Arkansas says

    We found out today about the passing of Mr. Gay Roach. We are very sorry for your loss! May the Lord bless and comfort your hearts. Danny Davis and family

  4. Melanie Thigpen, Manila ar says

    Praying for all the family. Love y'all dearly!!

  5. Terry Fitzgerald , Lake city says

    Praying for the entire roach family

  6. Sandra Nance Criss, Jackson TN says

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family ????????

  7. Jimmy Livengood, Bay says

    My condolences. May the Lord comfort you during this time.

  8. Phil and Brenda Manry, Jonesboro says

    Our prayers go out to the family in the loss of Gay. May God comfort you now and in the days ahead!

  9. Richard and Debbie Rutherford , Jonesboro, AR says

    Richard & I want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Roach family for the loss of Gay Jr. Praying for peace and comfort.

  10. Logan Dungan, Trumann says

    Sorry for the loss

  11. Darline Casey, Memphis says

    My deepest sympathy to the Roach family. Love Darline Nance

  12. Johnnie Kendall Mitchusson, Star City says

    Sending condolences

  13. Mark and Janet Rolland, Monette says

    We are thinking and praying for you during this time.

  14. Stan and Sharon Cragg, Conway, AR says

    So sorry to hear of Gay’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends.

  15. Mary Lee Brock Cunningham, Jonesboro says

    I am so sorry to read of the passing of my classmate, Gay. May God be with and comfort his family and the close friends he left behind.

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