Francis DeLorme Roche, Jr. “Frank”, age 54, of “the ranch” in Boones Mill, VA died suddenly on June 14 while on vacation at the Outer Banks. Mr. Roche attended Hargrave Military Academy, Patrick Henry High School and Virginia Western Community College. He also served in the Navy, as a member of the Marine Corps, aboard the USS America. He was honored and awarded for his service to his country.
Frank was a well-known and well-loved bartender. He was regionally recognized throughout the Roanoke Valley and Smith Mountain Lake communities for his bartending and hospitality. Frank was also a member of Red Valley United Methodist Church.
Frank is survived by his fiancée, Lori Ann Hayes; his mother, Kitty Roche; sister, Katherine Roche Roughton (Kenny); two brothers, John Roche (Shana) and Mike Dorton; daughters, Taylor, Alexys, Ava, and Kelsey Roche; nephews, Chance Irby, Austin Irby (Marley); and one niece, Mara Roche. Also surviving is his granddaughter, Stella Roche; his grandsons, Gabe and KD Roche; mothers of his children, Angie Roche and Lorri Pollard; close friends, Jeff Irby and Gordon Wooten; as well as countless other friends and extended family members.
Frank was predeceased by his father, Francis DeLorme Roche, Sr. A private ceremony will be held at a later time as the family sees fit. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Much gratitude is extended by the family to Dare County EMS, The Outer Banks Hospital and Gallop Funeral Services for their wonderful care. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.