Wallace Joseph “Wally” Roark

September 25, 1932 ~ November 2, 2022 (age 90)

Funeral service for Wallace Joseph Roark, 90, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, November 7, 2022 at Eastside United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Ennis Fuller and Rev. Bailey Alders officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Palestine Cemetery in Alto, Texas.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00pm until service time.

Wallace Joseph Roark was born in Alto, Texas the son of E.E. and Ida Wallace Roark.  He grew up as one of 8 children.  As a young man, he was taught to always love and take care of family, to work hard for what you want and most importantly, he was raised in the church.  His love of Christ and devotion to living the Christian life was something he and his siblings all took very seriously.  When he graduated from Alto High School, he joined the United States Air Force where he humbly served our great country for over 20 years.  Upon retirement, he accepted a mechanic position on the naval base in Virginia.  Wallace loved being around the planes and was very knowledgeable.  He became the father of 3 wonderful children and was so very proud of them.  One weekend while attending a church conference in New Orleans, Wallace met a young lady who caught his eye.  He and Maria knew their destiny was controlled by someone higher than them and that Christ had it under control.  They were married a short time later and eventually moved back to Nacogdoches where he worked for many people at the airport.  Wallace or “Wally” as he was known, took Maria’s family in as his own and they had a great love for him.  He taught them about the love of Christ and changed their lives.  Over the last 35 years together, he and Maria, along with each their families have made many memories that will forever be treasured.  He was a man of honesty and integrity; he kept his word and loved to help people; he was a dedicated child of God and a devoted father, grandfather, brother and husband.  He will always be remembered for the impact he made on the many lives he has touched. 

Wallace is survived by his loving wife, Maria Roark of Nacogdoches; children, Cecilia “Sissy” Layton & husband, Bill, Wallace Joseph Roark, Jr. and George Roark, all of Virginia; grandchildren, Amber Moody and husband, Carl and Jeff Roark all of Virginia; great- grandchildren, Waylon and Dillon Moody of Virginia; brother, David Roark of Nacogdoches; and sisters-in-law, Norma Lozano and Myrna Lozano Garcia &husband, Joel, of Monterrey, Mexico.

He is preceded in death by his parents, E.E. and Ida Roark; siblings, Ruth Petty, Modina Porter, Lucious Cooper, Eddie Vining, Elbert Roark and Jimmy Roark and brother-in-law, Roberto Lozano.

Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Roark, Wallace Roark, Jr., Jeffrey Roark, Darren Rooks, Larry Ratcliff and Bubba Turner.

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