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Thomas  Roach

Thomas Anderson "Andy" Roach joined his loving wife Louise, his parents Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Roach, his brother Norman and many friends in God's loving embrace on March 4, 2021. Andy was born on March 13, 1924, in Cherokee County and spent the majority of his life living and loving his home, Canton. Although raised during the great depression, Andy never complained or recalled any difficulty or suffering, to the contrary he would always reminisce fondly of his childhood, his hard-working and devoted parents, and the great fun and adventure provided by a small southern town during those dark economic times. Andy often spoke of his great childhood. He enjoyed skating down Coppermine Hill, working an entire week to make 25 cents to "go to the show" or buy an ice cream cone. Andy attended Canton High School in 1943 where he enjoyed and excelled in sports. He distinguished himself as an outstanding football player, as well as, a loyal and trustworthy friend, brother, and son. Upon high school graduation, Andy, like many other 18-year-old men in America, joined the United States Army in August of 1943. Andy was assigned to Company "G" 35th Brigade 25th Infantry Division. Andy left his home in Canton for the first time at 19 years of age to fight in the South Pacific. Andy was awarded the "Bronze Star" for service to his country and fellow soldiers while fighting half a world away from his home and family on the Philippine Island of Lupao. True to his selfless nature and Christian upbringing, Andy put his life at risk to rescue a wounded comrade pinned down by enemy crossfire. Following the longest battle in the Pacific theater and the surrender of Japan, Andy participated in the Japanese occupation force. Andy was honorably discharged from the United States Army in January of 1946 having achieved the rank of Sergeant (Squad Leader). Upon his discharge from the Army, Andy attended West Georgia College and Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law where he met and fell madly in love with his wife of 66 years, Mary Louise Jones. Upon graduation from law school in 1950, Andy again served his country as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Andy left the FBI to return to Canton and care for his family. Andy "hung up his shingle" to practice law in December 1953 in Downtown Canton with Marian Pope. Following the Cantex fire, Andy established his own firm and practiced in all areas of the law for more than fifty years. During Andy's very active practice in Canton, he made time to serve his community in the Georgia General Assembly. Andy was elected State Senator for the 51st Senatorial District in 1956. After serving his community as State Senator, Andy was elected State Representative, where he served five consecutive terms. Andy served his profession by acting as both President of the Canton Bar Association and the Blue Ridge Bar Association. Andy has also served his God, through his membership in the Ball Ground Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Canton where he was a deacon for both congregations. He also served as Sunday School Superintendent and taught Sunday school for over forty years. Andy has been blessed not only professionally and spiritually, but also personally. Andy married the love of his life Louise and they had 3 children who have all put down roots in Andy's beloved Canton. Andy is survived by his brother Charles Roach, his children Cathy Lacy, Christie Geiger, and her husband Chris, Tom Roach, and his wife Betty, nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and devoted caregivers and friends, Barbara Valli and Doyle Presley. Thanks to Andy and Louise's hard work and love, they were able to provide a college education for their children and grandchildren, which produced a nurse, a CPA, teachers, lawyers, an actor, and businessmen. Andy's long journey is complete. He will rest well in Jesus's loving embrace reunited with his love, Louise. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.). Due to COVID-19 facial coverings are required and chapel seating is limited to 50 people. Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131

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