James Lavon Roley

February 27, 2019

James Lavon Roley, 78 of Atmore, AL, passed away February 17, 2019, at his home in Atmore. He was born in Atmore on August 11, 1940, to the late Samuel and Bessie Godwin Roley. James attended Ernest Ward High School and later served in the Army National Guard. He attended Atmore First Assembly of God Church. He owned and operated James Roley Construction Company for over 40 years. James had a true love for his family and friends and never failed to tell you or show you. All the little ones knew when they saw him, he would give them “head sugar” kisses.

He loved to hunt, fish, ride his golf cart around the neighborhood to visit with friends and enjoyed taking them for a ride. He enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp in Vredenburgh, AL. James was also known for giving endearing nicknames to everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, JoAnn Morgan Roley; his children, Debra (Clark) Tims of Robertsdale, AL; Patsy (J. Paul) Pepin of Tampa, FL; Michael (Katie) Roley of Atmore, AL; stepchildren, Cheryl (Tony) Datuin of Florence, AL, Johnny (Mona) Jones of Holliday, Texas, Ricky (Lisa) Jones of Century, FL, and Dina Jones of Byrneville, FL; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Atmore First Assembly of God Church with Bro. Keith Lisenby officiating.

Burial was at Godwin Cemetery in Bratt.

Pallbearers were Bobby Freeman, Shannon Lambeth, Carl Ward, David Davis, Bret Wallace and Mark McCall.

Honorary pallbearers were James Womack, Raymond Jerkins, Eddie Baker, Blake Harris and Tony Thompson.

Arrangements are provided by Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.


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