Ethel Jane Roark Liddell passed from this life to her eternal home on April 20, 2019 in Kennesaw, Georgia. Born April 7, 1928, in Foley, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Reverend Eldridge Waldo Roark and Willie Mae Roberts.
Jane’s early years were spent in Camden, Alabama where her father, “Preacher Roark” was the beloved pastor at Camden Baptist Church. The church was central to Roark family life. Sundays were devoted to morning worship in Camden and afternoon services in rural communities. Jane often reminisced of the days when her father preached, her mother played piano and the family were guests in homes for Sunday dinners and fellowship. Summers spent in Caswell, Alabama on Bayou Saint John and yearly train trips to her mother’s home town of New Orleans instilled in her a love of the “Coast” and Creole cuisine.
Jane attended Judson College in Marion, Alabama. She excelled in her academic studies and enthusiastically participated in various college athletics including field hockey, basketball and synchronized swimming. Her college summers were spent working at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center located in the North Carolina mountains. Jane’s leadership abilities and loving, kind manner earned her the affection and respect of students and faculty at Judson. She was elected president of the Alabama Baptist Student Union, the only woman in leadership in the organization at that time. Jane graduated from Judson with a double major in English and Physical Education.
Following graduation, Jane taught high school English and Phys Ed in Monroeville, Alabama. During college and while in Monroeville, she was “courted” by Auburn graduate and long-time friend, David Liddell, of Camden, Alabama. Jane and David were married on July 18, 1952 in a beautiful double wedding ceremony along with sister, Beverly, and her fiancé, William Wilson. Jane and Beverly’s father, “Preacher Roark”, conducted the ceremony.
Through the years, Jane and David lived in Alabama (Camden & Montgomery); Gainesville, Georgia; Gainesville, Florida and San Antonio, Texas. Following retirement, the couple returned to Camden. Throughout her life, Jane faithfully served the Lord and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was involved in numerous civic and church activities and received the Honorary Life Membership Award from Women of the Church, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida. Jane had a lovely alto voice, was a joyful choir member and imparted a love for music to her children and grandchildren. She created a home that will always be remembered as a place of warmth and welcome. She touched the lives of many with her cheerful spirit and gracious nature and will be dearly missed but her footprints on our hearts remain forever.
Jane was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Glen David Liddell, Jr.; their daughter, Ethel Mae Liddell; her parents; her sister, Beverly Roark Wilson and her brother, Eldridge Waldo Roark, Jr. (Sonny).
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Jane and Bruce Clements, Margaret and Steve Winstead, Dorothy and Dan Newton, Glen and Daisy Liddell, Miriam and Eric McCarty; thirteen grandchildren, Kristen L. Magana(Dave), Sarah W. Brown(Josh), Anna W. Meza(Herman), Alan David Clements(Carter), Lauren C. Rice(Daniel), Eric George Newton, Elizabeth Liddell Newton, Emily Roark Liddell, Ashley Marie Liddell, Madeleine Ailsa-Jane McCarty, Eric Cleveland McCarty, Jr., Shannon Roark McCarty, Torrance Asher McCarty; great grandchildren, Aubrey Jane Magana, Lilian Elise Magana, Eleanor (Ella) Grace Brown, Amos David Brown, Elena Catherine Meza, Herman James William Meza, Travis Glen Clements; her sister, Miriam Roark Rehwaldt; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Virginia Day, Dan Day and their devoted staff at Gaines Park Senior Living in Kennesaw, Georgia. Words cannot express our deep and abiding appreciation for the kindness and excellent care Jane received while a resident at Gaines Park.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Camden, Alabama. Prelude will begin at 2:30; funeral service begins at 3:00 with Reverend John Boles officiating. Graveside service immediately afterward at the Camden Cemetery. The family will gather to receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the graveside service.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Camden, 203 Broad Street, Camden, AL 36726 or Camden Baptist Church, 300 Broad Street, Camden, AL 36726.
Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home of Camden, Alabama is in charge of these arrangements.