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Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark

first_imgMr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark, age 69, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 24, 1950 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio where he was a 1968 graduate of New Miami High School. In 1983, Bob graduated from the Bible Baptist Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Bob was united in marriage on November 5, 1971 in Fairfield, Ohio to Sharon Kay Campbell. This happy union was blessed with a son, Robby and two daughters, Rebecca and Rachael. Bob and Sharon shared 48 years of marriage together until his death. Bob was employed as a machinist for Mosler Safe Company in Hamilton, Ohio. Bob held membership in the Miltonville Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. He enjoyed farming all of his life and was a self-employed carpenter. Bob loved ministering, woodworking, crafts, and singing. Bob passed away at 3:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Bob will be missed by his loving wife, Sharon Kay (Campbell) Roark of Vevay, IN; his daughters, Rebecca Wagner and her husband, Jason of Vevay, IN and Rachael Mueller and her husband, Jarrid of Vevay, IN; his son, Robby Roark of Canton, OK; his grandchildren, Kendra Roark, Ethan Roark, Lucas Roark, Jessica McClellan, Serena Wagner, and Bobby Roark; his great-grandchildren, Ryker, Veronika, and Cyrus McClellan; his brothers, Larry Roark of Hanover, IN, Jeff Roark of Vevay, IN, Steve Roark and his wife, Pamela of Bennington, IN and Joey Roark of Bennington, IN; his sisters, Lou Collins and her husband, Kenneth of Hamilton, OH and Rosetta Combs and her husband, A.C. of Hamilton, OH and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark; his brothers, Gregory Roark and William Eugene Roark and his sister, Marie Roark.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Bro. A.C. Combs, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Slawson Cemetery, Bennington, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com.last_img read more

Syracuse leaving goalkeeper options open

first_imgHarris was pulled in the 71st minute, her first benching at SU. Proulx came on in relief, allowing a goal in a 4-0 loss to the then-winless Crimson. “Lysianne is training really well,” Wheddon said. “I have no problems making a change if we need to.”While Wheddon said Harris had the edge in SU’s goalkeeper competition on Aug. 27, something changed on Sunday. Harris only made one noticeable mistake against NU, a positional error that almost cost the Orange a goal off a corner. Taylor Bennett made the clear to save the scoring opportunity in the 24th minute, and Harris was left unscathed in the first half.Going forward, Wheddon said the goalkeeper is never fully secure. Though she didn’t appear in the team’s first three games and has yet to start, Proulx has thrown her name back into the discussion.“We’re in a luxurious position that if one isn’t getting it done, either one of the two can,” Wheddon said. Comments On Sunday, SU head coach Phil Wheddon made a goalkeeper change at halftime in a scoreless game. Jordan Harris, who has started all five times for the Orange this season, was pulled halfway through SU’s game against Northeastern for sophomore Lysianne Proulx. It was a sudden move: Harris had started for the entirety of this season and was near-perfect against NU, not allowing a goal to eight Wildcat shots. Harris’ replacement, Proulx, only had 105:48 collegiate minutes in goal.It ended up paying off for the Orange. Proulx saved three shots, keeping the game scoreless, and Georgia Allen scored a game-winner in the 83rd minute. The change puts SU in an interesting situation: start the experienced graduate-transfer in Harris or take a chance on Proulx’s potential.“We compete every single day for one spot,” Harris said. “It’s a lot different than everybody else on the field.”Before SU’s summer training camps started, Wheddon assumed Proulx would play in the U20 Women’s World Cup for Canada. SU would go into camp with only one goalkeeper on its roster. Wheddon started to look for a replacement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarris had just finished her redshirt junior season with the Razorbacks, where she allowed 0.77 goals per game, posted eight shutouts and started in the NCAA tournament. The season prior, the Orange had lost its starting goalkeeper of four years, Courtney Brosnan, who graduated as SU’s leader in saves. After three years as Arkansas’ leading goalkeeper, Harris made a decision to leave the Razorbacks.“I hadn’t planned it whatsoever,” Harris said. “To put it lightly, it wasn’t a situation I didn’t think I would be put in.”SU was one of Harris’ last offers. She said she wasn’t sure of the move at first, but was won over during her visit to campus a couple of weeks prior to her decision. Harris was impressed by the training regime and the expertise of Wheddon, who has coached goalkeepers such as Hope Solo prior to his reign at SU. Harris liked the challenge of the ACC Coastal Division , a higher level of competition than her opponents at Arkansas, she said, so she chose the Orange in late June.After Harris signed, SU had three goalkeepers on its roster: Harris, Proulx and freshman Ally Wakeman. Wheddon said it was an open competition for the team’s starting spot, as he said the year before.When evaluating the goalies, he avoided using Harris’ experience as a catalyst for the decision because of the style differences between the SEC and the ACC. Proulx was the only keeper with experience in SU’s system, playing 86:18 minutes of relief in her first season.But Wheddon went with Harris in SU’s season-opener against La Salle.“You’re looking for a goalkeeper to have a good day more often than not,” Wheddon said. “And that was the case with Jordan leading up to that first game.”Harris played all 90 minutes in the Orange’s first three games, allowing two goals across the three contests.“It’s hard,” Proulx said. “I try to tell myself there’s time for me to come back. Obviously, you work harder, but at the end of the day I tell myself I’m going to do it because I love it.”On Thursday, SU began to experiment. Harvard and SU were squared at 0-0 in the first half, but the Orange’s backline started to collapse. A 52nd minute penalty kick opened up the scoring for the Crimson. In the 63rd Harris mishit a clearance to make it 2-0 and in the 69th minute Harvard senior Leah Mohammadi knocked in another penalty to increase the lead. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:57 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Inside Conditions…The age of “thuggery”

first_imgAubrey BruceAs I sit down to pen this, my first Black History Month work of 2014, I will in good faith, not in bad taste or laziness write a few more syllables, words, sentences and paragraphs’ regurgitating the supposed “benevolence” of  Branch Rickey.“Rickey [the legendary] Major League Baseball (MLB) executive [was] elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. Mr. Rickey was born on December 20, 1881 and died on  December 9, 1965.  The time of his birth and death is significant, very significant to the body of communiqué.Rickey’s claim to fame was that “he [broke] Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson and for drafting the first Afro-Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente.Rickey played for the St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders from 1905 through 1907. After struggling as a player, Rickey returned to college, where he learned about administration from Philip Bartelme. Returning to MLB in 1913, Rickey embarked on a successful managing and executive career with the St. Louis Browns, the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals elected him to their team Hall of Fame in 2014.” (Wikipedia)Most of us should be asking the question as to why there was a color barrier in place requiring it to be broken in the first place?  Was it Branch Rickey or President Barack Obama that said; “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.”August 28, 1945 was the day Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a minor league baseball deal but at that time many “mad men” remained at the core of our social and economic system, running our government, our country’s corporations and our sports teams who continued to implement and maintain “indentured servants” practices that continue until this day.As far as sports ownership and management goes Blacks may have exited the end zone of racial bias in the corporate  and sports world but a “touchback” has been declared because they have not been afforded many opportunities to return the “kickoffs of opportunities” into the “red zones” of success.I have decided to take a break.   turn on “Morning Joe” the MSNBC television program semi-dedicated to the Republican Party, right wing “killo-sophy,” oops, I meant philosophy.   This is the “super preservative” gun carrying, flag waving, disenfranchising and war mongering faction of our society that incessantly ridicules Black Americans and all that we stand for.After the previous couple of weeks ridiculing a few Black athletes, the “panel” moves on to discussing the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.I met Hoffman on September 11, 2002 at the Lennox Lounge in Harlem.  I, along with former Pittsburgher, bassist Chris Sullivan, along with Long Island native and long time Harlem resident, jazz/pop vocalist Barbra Sfraga.We were doing a tribute to the victims of 911. Sfraga and I performed the Donny McClurkin song; “We Fall Down But We Get Up.”After the set, Hoffman who was hanging out with comedy legend Jackie Mason told me how moved he was. Jackie Mason wrote on a piece of paper that I was an awesome talent.  I still have a laminated copy of that autograph.I am saddened by the death of Mr. Hoffman because such a brilliant talent has now been silenced, forever.  Had the suspected drug allegedly ingested by him been legal, he could have left the shadows of iniquity and the drug that secretly pleased him and killed him may have been administered under a supervised conditions, do you remember Michael Jackson?No one will be calling Mr. Hoffman a ruffian.However, Seattle Seahawk defensive back Richard Sherman was labeled a “thug” by all of the “conservative” media outlets because he dared to exude an air of confidence after a hard fought victory against the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.Sherman’s performance on the field was legal, it was his braggadocio that wasn’t.CNN.com had this to say about Mr. Hoffman.  “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a rare breed in Hollywood. The actor could disappear into — and transcend — any role He seemed to care more for his craft than celebrity. Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters. He could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in “Magnolia” or rock critic in “Almost Famous,” or creepily Machiavellian, such as the gamemaster in the latest “Hunger Games” movie.”My ear is pinned to the wall am I losing my hearing?  I am not hearing nor am I reading the word; “thug.” reflecting on his death.“In 1884 Sigmund Freud treats his depression with cocaine, and reports feeling “exhilaration and lasting euphoria, which is in no way differs from the normal euphoria of the healthy person…You perceive an increase in self-control and possess more vitality and capacity for work…. In other words, you are simply more normal, and it is soon hard to believe that you are under the influence of a drug.” [Quoted in Ernest Jones, *The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, Vol.1, p.82]Was Freud a hooligan? It was declared legal over 113 years ago that it was okay for Whites to use drugs but it was forbidden for people of color.  In 1901 The Senate of the United States of America [adopted] a resolution, introduced by Henry Cabot Lodge,” to forbid the sale by American traders of opium and alcohol “to aboriginal tribes and uncivilized races.” These provisions are later extended to include “uncivilized elements in America itself and in its territories, such as Indians, Alaskans, the inhabitants of Hawaii, railroad workers, and immigrants at ports of entry.”  (Lectlaw. com)In 1901 Branch Rickey was 20 years old.  His opinions were already formed. The opinions about Black athletes must be reformatted for anything or anyone to be changed.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or  412.583.6741last_img read more