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    Wednesday, October 03 2018
    Captain William Lawrence

    Posted by: Clarke & Staples Funeral Homes, Inc. AT 02:26 pm   |  Permalink   |  26 Comments  |  Email
    We are sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Gone too soon. Our sympathy to his family and close friends.
    Posted by Michael and Norma Jean Tisdale on 10/04/2018 - 04:12 PM
    Met Larry while geocaching over 10 years ago and spent many days on the trail with him over the years. Great friend, we'll miss him.
    Posted by Steve and Linda Kleinert on 10/04/2018 - 04:21 PM
    The VHS Class of '66 has lost its voice. Larry was such a great guy and will be so missed by all of his classmates. It's so hard when someone goes suddenly and unexpectedly like this. Rest in peace, my longtime good friend.
    Posted by Anne Burke on 10/04/2018 - 06:34 PM
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. My family and I remember Larry well . My Mother lived with her brother, Roy Moore for years, who lived next door to Larry's parents. Larry was such a good man.
    Posted by Betty Mae F. Daniel on 10/04/2018 - 07:59 PM
    Rest in peace.
    Posted by Carl J Hooton capt,msc,usn ret. on 10/04/2018 - 09:06 PM
    RIP Shipmate, we have the watch.
    Posted by Robert "Red" Mulvanny on 10/04/2018 - 09:58 PM
    It was just over 11 years ago that I met Larry at a geocaching event. The nicest, kindest, guy I've ever met. You will be missed.
    Posted by Jason Thomas on 10/05/2018 - 04:05 AM
    You are so dearly missed already Mr. made such a huge difference in our lives! We love you! Annette, Brenden, Ryan and Skylar
    Posted by Annette Burnett on 10/05/2018 - 07:09 AM
    You are so dearly missed already Mr. made such a huge difference in our lives! We love you! Annette, Brenden, Ryan and Skylar
    Posted by Annette Burnett on 10/05/2018 - 07:12 AM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all or you. Larry will be missed by all who knew him. SNAP!!! Geocaching!
    Posted by Tom & Pam DuBois on 10/05/2018 - 08:02 AM
    My heart is heavy..Larry held a very special place in my heart. Thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved him. He will be missed.
    Posted by LINDA Fowler JACOBS on 10/05/2018 - 10:44 AM
    My father & "Bunny" were first cousins & I always looked forward to visiting family in Victoria. I am very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Suzanne (Smithson) Hall
    Posted by Suzanne Hall on 10/05/2018 - 12:48 PM
    I'm so sorry to learn of Larry‘s passing. He was a wonderful Naval officer and a loyal friend. He was still so young. Rest in peace.
    Posted by Sallee Pittman Kafer, Captain, MSC, USN (RET) on 10/05/2018 - 03:07 PM
    God bless the Roach family and all the lives he has impacted. His legacy lives on. Semper Fidelis!
    Posted by Jason Darby on 10/05/2018 - 07:15 PM
    Dear Shipmate, You are gone way too soon and you will be missed by all whose lives you have touched. Fair winds and following seas and may the Great Creator hold you safe in His arms.
    Posted by CAPT George S. Harris MSC USN (Ret) on 10/05/2018 - 07:34 PM
    Wow, this is so sad. Larry was a super nice person and will be missed greatly. We run across each other geocaching and have stayed in touch for a good number of years. Rest in peace friend. Prayers for all you family.
    Posted by Greg Turnage on 10/05/2018 - 08:49 PM
    Larry had a special place in our hearts and was always great fun to be with. He was such a kind and friendly person to all. We will remember his warmth and compassion and we will miss him dearly.
    Posted by Leif & Bobbi on 10/06/2018 - 07:54 AM
    Rest in peace, Captain. It was an honor to have served with you.
    Posted by CDR Pietro D. Marghella, MSC, USN on 10/06/2018 - 02:48 PM
    Captain Roach honored me by attending my retirement ceremony in June 2001. He is still well known, respected and remembered at Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville. Rest In Peace Shipmate.
    Posted by Ed Rowntree on 10/07/2018 - 06:39 AM
    We had the joy of meeting Larry 13 years ago. Such a gentleman. Wonderful man. Our hearts and prayers are with you Marion and family.
    Posted by Gary and Nicolette on 10/08/2018 - 11:52 AM
    Larry's sudden passing has truly saddened me. He meant so much to so many, including my brothers and me. Over the years he kept in contact, sending me messages, jokes, pictures, funny animal videos, etc. These always brightened my day. Since his passing, I have been thinking of a quote that my Mother and Father both loved. It came from a book on Africa and was one of their favorites: "It is not easy to remember that in the fading light of day the shadows always point toward the dawn." ~Winston O. Abbott Larry was a bright, loyal, and caring person. He will always remain in my heart and in the hearts of all those he touched. I hope one day to see him and the others in our family in heaven. R.I.P., brave cousin
    Posted by Virginia McClellan on 10/09/2018 - 02:56 PM
    Thank you for your service Shipmate. You were always a shining light, a model of integrity and an example for each of us. Blessings on your family that survive you.
    Posted by Steven Olson on 10/30/2018 - 09:06 AM
    Happy Birthday Darlin❤️🎂 I pray your soul is enjoying the peace and comfort ftom the Lord, and your mom and dad, ILYVVVVVVVVVVM Your Honey
    Posted by Marion Kovach on 11/21/2018 - 07:46 AM
    Bless Larry, my precious boyfriend from college days. So very sorry to learn of his passing. He was a wonderful man, sweet, kind and loving. A piece of my heart has always belonged to him, and still does almost fifty years later. Rest In Peace, darling Larry.
    Posted by Sandra Kay Verdery on 02/28/2019 - 02:23 AM
    Sadden to learn of Larry's passing today with the return of a Christmas greeting. So many memories of our days together as he helped guide me from enlisted HM to a successful MSC officer. You will always fondly be remembered. Fair wind and following seas.
    Posted by Monika Walraven Noel, LT, MSC, USN Retired on 12/29/2020 - 09:14 PM
    I met Larry when he was stationed at Cherry Point. There was an instant attraction & we spent some lovely times together. He was kind, funny, interesting to talk & laugh with. No matter where I was I could call Larry & know we were going to have a pleasant convo catching up on each other's lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart. RIP old friend.
    Posted by Leslie Davis on 02/05/2022 - 04:54 AM

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    Captain William Lawrence “Larry” Roach, Jr (70) of Victoria, Va. joined his family in heaven on October 3, 2018.  His significant other of 19 years, Marion Kovach and numerous cousins survive him.  He was the son of Lawrence (Bunny) and Geneva Roach of Victoria, VA.  He graduated from Virginia Tech and the School of Hospital Administration at the Medical College of Virginia.  He served in the Navy as a commissioned officer with appointments as an instructor at the Naval School of Healthcare Administration in Bethesda, MD, the Executive Officer and subsequently Commanding Officer, Second Medical Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC;  Executive Assistant to the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Headquarters, United State Marine Corps, Washington, DC; Medical Planning officer at Headquarters, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii.  He assumed command of the

     Naval Medical Clinic, Quantico, Va., in 1994 until November 1996 when he became the Commanding Officer at Field Medical Service School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He retired as a Captain in February 2001 at Camp Lejeune and returned to live in Victoria. The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 from 6 to 8PM at the Staples Funeral Home in Victoria. Larry was a member of Victoria Christian Church where funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 11AM. Interment in the

     Lakeview Cemetery, Victoria. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations The Lunenburg Health Services, P.O. Box 121, Victoria, Va. 23974. Online condolences may be sent at

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