West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Graveside services for William Roark , 79, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Stuart Union Cemetery with Johnny Roark, Charles Roark, and Randy Ward officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Albert Roark and Edna Ruth Smith Roark, on March 8, 1940 in Koshkonong, Missouri and died February 16, 2020 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage October 11, 1958 in West Plains, Missouri to Mary VanWort.

He is survived by his wife, Mary VanWort Roark, of the home, West Plains, Missouri; three children, Mary Louise Carlock, West Plains, Missouri, Laura Brazeal and husband Dwayne, state of Virginia, and Garnette Whisenhunt and husband, Rick, Versailles, Missouri; one sister, Darlis Roark Vincent and husband, Jimmy, West Plains; ten grandchildren, Angel, Amber, Eric, Christina, Erin, Charles, Amanda, Kimberly, Jennifer, and Marabeth; twenty-one great grandchildren, James, Anin, Madison, Aydin, Alora, Ethin, Austin, Bodie, Megan, Mason, Tristin, Wyatt, Rya, Gabe, Heilo, Ashton, Joclynn, Alexus, Luna, Capris, and Jaxon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Roark; one brother, Hubert Roark; one niece, Darlis Lynn Green; one grandson, Keagan Lee Collins; two great grandchildren, Clayton Cole Cobb and Milo Russell.

He worked for the Missouri Conservation Department for 39 1/2 years as a forest district assistant. He was very proud of his Cherokee Ancestry Heritage. He served in the National Guards for ten years.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice or the Moody Fire Department, First Responders and can be left at the funeral home.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Burial will be in Stuart Union Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Cindy chapman
    February 17, 2020 @ 3:46 pm

    So sorry for ur loss mary & family wish i could be there to help u through like u were for me


  2. Missi Johnson
    February 18, 2020 @ 1:31 pm

    Darlis I am so sorry for your loss.


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