Generous Donor to Sunrise Passed Away, January 4th

In Memory

Joyce Ann Hunt Roark, 79, of Winchester, wife of Lowell D. Roark, passed away Monday at The Willows at Hamburg. She had battled with pancreatic cancer since January 2015.

Born July 11, 1936 in the rural community of Greenmount in Laurel County, she was the daughter of the late James Hunt and Marie Bowling Hunt. She graduated from Hazel Green High School in 1954 and Sue Bennett Junior College in 1956.


Joyce served as church secretary at First Baptist Church of London from 1956-1958, then attended Georgetown College, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education.

From 1960 until 1964, she returned to Laurel County and taught at her home high school, Hazel Green. Then in 1964, she moved to Williamsburg, KY, where she served as secretary to Dr. J.M. Boswell, president of Cumberland College.

Next, Joyce attended the University of Kentucky, graduating with a Master’s degree in Educational Guidance Counseling. For the next 20 years, she was employed by Fayette County Schools where she served as a guidance counselor at Bryan Station Senior High in Lexington.


In June 1984, Joyce married Lowell D. Roark after planning a trip with Trinity Baptist Church to the Holy Land and a Mediterranean Cruise; the trip became the couple’s honeymoon. Over the next 30 years, they enjoyed many trips and travels together.

After Joyce retired in 1993, she spent several years doing volunteer work at Meals on Wheels and Hospice.


In 2013, she and Lowell made a major contribution to Sunrise Children’s Services, and the Baptist affiliate published a story about her in its Messenger publication.

“The Roarks have improved the lives of many Sunrise children during the last few years,” said Randy Greene, Director of Philanthropic Initiatives for Sunrise. “Joyce loved the Lord and children. She was a dear person. We are most grateful for her life and her generosity.”

Funeral services will be Friday, January 8, at 12pm at the First Baptist Church, 32 E. Lexington Ave., Winchester, KY, with Rev. Rick Landon presiding. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 am until the hour of service at the church. Burial will be in the A.R. Dyche Memorial Park in London, KY, with graveside services at 3 p.m. on Friday at the cemetery.

Written by Randy Greene, Director of Philanthropic Initiatives at Sunrise Children’s Services.

Jake Pelfrey