Shelley Lester Roark

Published 3:55 pm Friday, July 22, 2022

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Shelley Lester Roark, 71, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away Monday, July 20, 2022, at Cornerstone Specialty Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. He was born to the late Lester R. Roark and Arrie Street Roark.
Shelley was an Alumni of East Tennessee State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He worked as an Environmental Specialist and retired from the City of Elizabethton. Shelley was a member of Milligan Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed the UT Vols, Tennessee Titans, ETSU football, NASCAR, wrestling and watching Elizabethton High School sports.
Shelley loved spending time with his family, especially his nephews and niece.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents; aunts, Zella Bailey, Leora Church, Bonnie Stevens, Edith Arnett, Eva Simerly and Virginia Simerly; and uncle, Eckert Street and wife Ruth.
Those left to cherish his memory are his sister, Sharon Roark; brother, Sheldon Roark (Tina); nephew, Adam Roark (Meghan); great-niece, Madilynn Roark; great-nephew, Maverick Roark; nephew, Jacob Roark; aunt, Vera Collins (Giles); uncle, Paris Street Sr. (Rebecca); and special friends, Cindy Bunton and Judy Deloach. Several cousins also survive.
A service to celebrate the life of Shelley Lester Roark will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Mark Street officiating. Eulogy will be presented by Adam Roark. Music will be under the direction of Joel Street Sr. The family will receive friends between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. The graveside service will follow in procession to Happy Valley Memorial Park, Johnson City. Pallbearers will be Adam Roark, Danny Street, James Terry Cannon Sr., James Terry Cannon Jr., Joel Street and Jeff Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elizabethton High School Class of 1969. The family would like to give a special thank you to Cornerstone Specialty Hospital Staff and Carolyn Cannon for all their loving care and support during this difficult time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Milligan Free Will Baptist Church, 1471 Milligan Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be shared with the family and viewed on our website at
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services are honored to serve the Roark family. Office: (423) 543-5544.

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