Jerry O'Roark

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Jerry Noble O'Roark, 91, died Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Carriage Court, Memphis, Tenn. Mr. O'Roark was born in Marked Tree, Ark to Harold and Irene O'Roark. He was a World War II Navy signalman, serving in the Pacific. He was a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church for over 50 years.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin of Memphis and Patrick (Terry) of Cordova; and two granddaughters, Megan of Nashville and Molly of Decatur, Ga. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Joanne Stignani O'Roark and one sister, Martha Sue Walker (W.T.) of Marked Tree.

O'Roark was a journalism graduate of the University of Arkansas, class of 1951. He had served as a public relations officer for Holiday Inns and later as an employee communications official for FedEx. He was editor of the old Marked Tree Tribune before working for newspapers in Fort Smith while attending the University of Arkansas. He also worked in the Arkansas General Assembly in 1951. His first employment in Memphis was S.C. Toof and Co. as advertising manager. During his professional career, he had been president of both the Memphis chapters of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and Public Relations Society of America. In 1971, O'Roark was named Memphis' PR professional of the year. He served as mid-south district chairman of PRSA in 1972. During his retirement, he was a freelance writer. He left his body to science through Genesis Donor.

A memorial service will be scheduled and is to be announced later. The family suggests that any memorials be sent to the donor's favorite charity in lieu of flowers.