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Willie "Billy" Roach

June 29, 1932 — March 24, 2019

Willie “Billy” Carlton Roach, 86 passed away on March 24, 2019 at The Woodland in Farmville, VA. He was born on June 29, 1932 at Madisonville, VA in Charlotte County. He is preceded in death by his parents Willie Anderson Roach and Clara Davis Roach and an infant sister Betty Roach.

He lived most of his life in Prince Edward County, attended Darlington Heights and Worsham schools. As a very young man he worked on the farm then joined the sheriffs dept. as a deputy sheriff under Jack Overton. Later working under Sherriff Howard Simpson, Gene Southall and Travis Harris. He retired from the sheriffs dept. after 40 years of service on December 31, 2007. He was a member of Buffalo Presbyterian Church since childhood.

He is survived by 3 sisters; twin sister Elsie Finch, Gladys Locks and Evelyn Taylor, one nephew Douglas Finch, 3 nieces Brenda Dempsey, Catherine Locks and Susan Locks, 2 great nephews Benjamin Dempsey, Benjamin Locks, 2 great nieces Erin Finch, Roxanne Catron, 1 great great niece and nephew Marissa Dempsey and Noah Harris, 2 special friends Evelyn Hanna and Anthony Davis.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:00AM in Shorter Funeral home with interment in  Centenary Methodist Church Cemetery, Madisonville, VA. Family will receive friends Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00PM – 7:30PM at Shorter Funeral Home.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

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Friday, March 29, 2019

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