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Former baseball coach Doyle ‘Buddy’ Roe dies



Doyle C. ‘Buddy’ Roe Jr., 73, died September 7 at Pikeville Medical Center.

A son of the late Doyle and Laura Griffith Roe he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Cecil; a sister, Linda Lou; a nephew, William Cooper Roe; a daughterin law, Danna Eberhard Roe; and a brother-in-law, William Henry Richardson.

Roe taught in the Letcher County school system for 31 years. He was head baseball coach at Whitesburg High School (WHS) from 1961 to 1984 with a career record of 238-169. His teams were champions of the Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference (EKMC) six times, and runners-up in the district seven times.

He was named the EKMC Coach of the Year five times, and in 1984 was inducted into the Letcher County Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January.

Roe was a staff member of Morehead State University’s baseball for 10 summers, and worked with the Cincinnati Reds tryout camps at Somerset and Hazard for two years.

He was director of the Whitesburg Little League and head coach of the Hazard American Legion team and the Whitesburg American Legion team for one season each.

Roe was also an assistant football coach at WHS for six years, and an assistant basketball coach for a season.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Donna Adams Roe; a son, Bobby Roe and his wife Melissa, Georgetown, Ind.; grandchildren, Justin Roe, Chelsea LeAnn Roe, Ryan Marksbury and James Marksbury; brothers, George Roe and wife Lisa, West Van Lear, and Louis Roe and wife Edith, Lexington; a sister-in-law, Danna Richardson; three nieces, Marissa, Rhonda and Beth; two nephews, Louis and Rick; and friends, Greg Creech and wife Bonita, Jerry Coots and wife Sweila; Johnny Combs, Ronnie Boussum, and Rheula Adams and wife Nancy.

Funeral services were held September 9 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine.

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