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James D. Roark Sr.

february 25, 1958 – march 8, 2024

James D. Roark Sr.

James “Smiley” Roark: A Life Celebrated with a Smile

With a smile that could light up the darkest room, James “Smiley” Roark, aged 66, embarked on his final adventure on March 8, 2024. Born on February 25, 1958, in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Smiley leaves behind a legacy of laughter and love, with his family tree rooted in joy. Jim is survived by his daughter Sherry (Brian)Roark, sons Jimmy, Ryan (Kelsie), and Preston Roark, Grandchildren: Cohl, Hailey, Jadyn, Lexi, Maverick, Brooke, Kaycen.

He is also remembered by his brother Troy (Tammy) Roark, sisters Geraldine “Lady” (Carl) Kreger, Darlene Roark, Brothers Dennis (Lora) and Clifford (Natasha) Roark.

Jim also leaves behind his favorite nephew little Troy and niece Rachel McCoy with whom he shared a special bond, the mothers of his children: Lisa Kropfeld and Sharon Roark-Chesser. Sherry’s sister Jeana (Chris) and her children Carsen, Vincent and Wyatt. As well a huge family of nieces, nephews and many others who will forever miss seeing his loving genuine smile he has always been known for.

He reunites with his mother Peggy (Eddie) Weise and father Troy Roark Sr. Surely sharing a smile at the pearly gates.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231 to offset funeral costs. Contributions can also be made via phone at (513) 521-7003 ext. 2.



Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Friday, March 22, 2024 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Friday, March 22, 2024 at 1:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

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“What a bummer to hear this today. I just found out from a friend on Easter so I missed the service and the benefit gathering. I always liked you Smiley and you are gone way to soon brother. I hope your family is doing well and I hope to see you on the other side.”

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“Well, Smiley, I can’t help but think that you are the lucky one!! You get to leave this earth with all of it’s aggravations to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus!!! No more pain, no more tears!! You were always so cordial and kind whenever we spoke. I will forever be grateful to you for being there for my kid, (John) through thick and thin! You were able to reach him when I could not. I will always treasure the conversations we had about him and other life issues. Enjoy paradise, I can’t wait to join you!! I pray that God will comfort and bless your family and friends, as they grieve their loss. I know your family meant the world to you.”

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“Smiley you are my best friend. You never turned your back on me and we shared so many good times. You where also a father figure to me and life will never be the same now that you moved on. No matter how bad things got sometimes, you always kept a smile. I will see you again one day but until then you will sure be missed, and forever in our hearts.”

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“Such a sweet soul my prayers are with the family”

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“Jim I just don’t know where to begin…. I guess I’ll begin with you inviting us down to camp in your backyard and we had a great time at that moment. We became really good friends. You were taken away from us way to soon But the way placed in my heart for you always you will be truly missed and you were truly loved and I watch over your children and grandchildren for you because I know you would do the same for me. we love you, Jim watch over us and protect us until we meet again in my heart is where you be ❤️”

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“Uncle Jimmy, I love you always and you will be dearly missed. You were and always will be one of my favorite uncles.”

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“Sorry for the loss of my Uncle Jimmy.”

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“Although I haven’t had a lot of contact with Jim over the recent years…he was a huge part of my life for so many years. I thank him for the joy he leaves behind….my nephews and Sherry!! I hope you and Brad raise all kinds of hell together and watch over all of us you left behind!!! All my love to Jim and his family (my family?!!”

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