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Walden Roark succumbs at 87



Walden Roark, 87, of Carcassonne, died February 15 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Hazard.

He was a son of the late Fernando “Nando” Roark, Sr. and Mallie Combs Roark.

Mr. Roark was a graduate of Vicco High School, Caney College (now called Alice Lloyd College), and the University of Kentucky. He taught school for 30 years in the Perry County School System.

After retirement, he enjoyed farming, gardening, digging for Indian artifacts, and hauling house coal. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Nona Jane Whitaker Roark, two sons, Jeffery Alan Roark and Jesse Brian Roark and wife Abigail; a daughter, Stella Wray Roark Rackey; seven grandchildren, Wm. Andrew Roark, Heather Michelle Mollett Woods and husband Dustin, Candice Wray Mollett Setzer and husband Jon, Brian Douglas Roark and wife Andrea, Jesse Ryan Roark, Rebekah Jane Roark Combs and husband Michael, and Braxton Lee Rackey; two step-grandchildren, Glenn Rackey, Jr. and Julius Rackey; five great-grandchildren, Luke Westin Setzer, Grant Paul Woods, Macy Michelle Woods, Parker Jane Setzer, and Axel Douglas Roark; two step-great-grandchildren, Glenn Rackey III and Brooke Rackey; a brother, Lowell Roark and wife Betty; and a sister Rochelle Breeding.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rilda Steele, and seven brothers, Kermit, John, Nando Jr., Taylor, Hiram, Grant Wayne, and Adrian.

Funeral services were held February 21at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Solomon H. Whitaker Cemetery at Carcassonne.

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