James Melton Roach

Published 5:55 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

James Melton Roach, 63, of LaBelle, Fla., passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Born in Rutherfordton, N.C., Jim was the son of Edna M. Morrow of Tryon, and the late Woodrow Roach. He was a graduate of Tryon High School and Appalachian State University.

A member of Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church in LaBelle, Fla. he was active over the years in numerous community organizations. Jim had a lifelong passion for golf and fishing.

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Surviving are his wife of the home, Karan; a son, Jeff (Victoria) Roach, and grandchildren, Wyatt and Reagan, of Sulfur, La.; a son, Judd (Ashley) Clemmer, and granddaughter, Kaylyn of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Woody (Susan) Roach of Galivants Ferry, S.C.; a sister, Kathyanne (Scott) Harding of Tryon; a brother-in-law Bill (Janice) Barnwell of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a step-father, Claude Morrow.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the Tryon First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church activity building.

Memorial donations may be made to the Polk County High School golf team, Stearns Education Center, P.O. Box 638, Columbus, N.C. 28722.