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Janice Roark

November 13, 1936 — March 8, 2021

Born in Westmoreland, TN on November 13, 1936 Departed on March 8, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterWednesday March 10, 2021 3:00pm to 7:00pmThursday March 11, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pmCelebration of Life: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterThursday March 11, 2021 1:00pmInterment: Sumner Memorial GardensThursday March 11, 2021
Mrs. Janice "Jan" Roark

Born in Westmoreland, TN on November 13, 1936

Departed on March 8, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Wednesday March 10, 2021 3:00pm to 7:00pmThursday March 11, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pmCelebration of Life: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Thursday March 11, 2021 1:00pmInterment: Sumner Memorial Gardens Thursday March 11, 2021

Janice "Jan" Roark, age 84, of Gallatin, TN, passed away Monday March 8, 2021. She was born November 13, 1936 in Westmoreland, TN, to the late Raymond and Christine Spears Martin.

In addition to her parents Jan was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Nancy Jo Martin.

Surviving are her loving husband of 45 years, William "Bill" Roark; daughter, Jackie (John) Major; Son, Patrick (Kathryn) Roark; step-sons, Tony (Rita) Roark and Phil (Wanda) Roark; brother, Carsey Martin; two granddaughters, Madison Major and Lauren Major; step grand-children, Cliff (Jeannie) Pond, Jennifer (John) Connor, Kyle (Jourdan) Roark, Paul (Brittni) Way, Tyler (Kayla) Way; step great-grandchildren, Avary, Cameron, Addison, Clementine, Adelynn, Corban, Ainsley, Greyson, Kyle and Kinley.

Jan began her career in 1971 with Volunteer State Community College as one of the charter employees. She advanced her career over the years to becoming the Director of Records and Registration. She was awarded the Outstanding Professional Staff Award in 2001-2002. She was also a member of Volunteer State College Foundation Trustee's Council and the President's Club. She retired from Vol State in 2008 after 37 years of service. She was beloved by her husband, children, grandchildren and extended family and friends. She was also admired by many members of the community that she met throughout her career.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 11th at Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center at 1:00pm with Barry Butler, Scott Martin, Laik Martin, Chase Butler, Hunter Goad and Troy Goad serving as pallbearers. Interment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 10th from 3:00pm-7:00pm and Thursday, March 11th from 12:00pm until hour of the of service.

*If you are planning to attend visitation or service, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at alexandergallatin.com. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

6 Comments Steve and Betty Gibson March 10, 2021 at 2:44 am - Reply

Jackie, Patrick, and Carsey, so sorry for the loss of your Mother and sister. Enjoyed my many years working with her at Vol State. She fought a courageous battle. Hope you will find comfort in your sweet memories and knowing she is at peace now.

Cleo Spears March 10, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

Bill, Jackie, Patrick, Carsey so sorry for your loss. Jan was a very classy lady and a special cousin to me. Love and prayers Cleo and Shirley Spears

Charles Lea March 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

Bill, Jackie, Patrick and family,

Jan was one of the most professional employees I have ever worked with. She led the Admissions and Records office with great distinction. She also often expressed her love and dedication to all of you and her family. I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I last saw Jan 2 years ago at a Vo State retiree Christmas breakfast. We enjoyed catching up. Unfortunately Rita and I are out of town and will be unable to see you at visitation or attend the service. Please know however our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Blessings,
Charles & Rita Lea

Sue Pedigo March 11, 2021 at 6:45 pm - Reply

I always enjoyed my many years of working with your mother. She was always a classy lady. She took with on my first airplane ride and we went to Bourbon Street together. A wonderful lady and I loved her dearly.

Jane Kelley Armour March 12, 2021 at 8:36 pm - Reply

Jan was a special lady, and I always admired her. She was a role model at Vol State; she was in Admissions & Records, and I was in the Library. Praying for her precious family. Jane

Ginger Stamps March 13, 2021 at 1:49 am - Reply

Jan was a kind, caring, smart, and lovely lady. I worked with her at Vol State. She was very dedicated to her job - always helping students and co-workers in whatever way she could. She was very proud of her family and spoke of you all often. My daughter's first car was Jan's brown Honda and we would often talk about what a good car it was! I have nothing but sweet memories of her as I know you do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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