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Mr. Roland Hayward Rooks

December 29, 1934 ~ March 19, 2017 (age 82)
Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, Mr. Roland Hayward Rooks was called to be with his Heavenly Father. Mr. Rooks was born December 29, 1934 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Althia and Henrietta C. Rooks of Appling County, Georgia.

Mr. Rooks attended and graduated from Baxley Training School in Baxley. He married his beloved wife of 60 years, Annie Bea, in December 1956. To this union four children were born, Bettye, Alla Jean, Kenneth and Terry.

He joined Harper Chapel United Methodist Church at an early age, where he served "faithfully and humbly." He was a Trustee, member of the United Methodist Men, Sunday School, church custodian and served wherever needed. He "loved" the Lord and singing. He was also a member of a gospel singing group.

He loved people and his favorite saying to all was "Beautiful." Mr. Rooks was employed at Cromer Chevrolet Dealership, Georgia Power Company and First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his nine siblings - Donald Rooks, Harold Rooks, Carzell Rooks, Thirkield Rooks, Reverend David Rooks, Pernell Rooks, Wilmatene Rooks, Elizabeth Tillman and Althia Cray.

Mr. Roland Rooks loved his family. He leaves to celebrate his legacy of love and devotion to his beloved wife, Annie Bea (who he affectionately called "Mama"); four children: Bettye Rooks-Waters, Alla "Puny" Graves, Kenneth Rooks and Terry "Old Man" Rooks; Sharee, Valencia and Chandra - who he loved as daughters; eight grandchildren: Austin (Chania) Waters, Victor Waters, Marcus (Samantha) Rooks, Victoria (Dexter) Kearney, Kyle Wynn, Malcolm Cray, Myles "Brother" Graves and Kenya "Suddah" Rooks; three great-grandchildren: Aniyla, Caleb and Savannah; one brother: Norman (JoAnn) Rooks; three sisters: Evelyn Isom, Alretta Wooten and Zelene (Reverend Columbus) Burns; three sisters-in-law: Ruby Lee Rooks, Eva Jean Johnson and Willie Mae Rooks. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The Family will gather at the home of Ms. Betty Rooks-Waters at 10:15 AM on Saturday morning. Residence is located at 3177 Hatch Parkway North, Baxley, GA.

Repast will be held at the St. James AME Church located on Comas Street, Baxley, GA.

Previous Events

Public Viewing
Friday, March 24, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
C.M. Brown Funeral Home

26 Northside Street
P.O. Box 308
Baxley, Georgia 31515

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00 AM
Harper Chapel United Methodist Church

221 East Allen Street
Baxley, Georgia 31513

Cemetery Details


Baxley Cemetery

900 Friendship Church Road
Baxley, GA 31513

 Service Information

A service summary is not available

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