1919 - 2006

Winter Haven - Willard Etheredge Roe, 87, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at his home due to heart failure. Born May 15, 1919, to William G. Roe and Rosa Etheredge Roe, he was a native of Winter Haven and graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1937. He went on to attend Princeton University, where he graduated with a degree in political science in 1941. Mr. Roe immediately entered the Army as a lieutenant, training at Fort Carson, Colorado. From Fort Carson, his battalion went on to train at Camp Hale with the 10th Mountain Division in the mountains of Colorado's Gore Range. He entered the WWII European theatre and led his battalion to move artillery by pack mule over the Apennine Mountain Range in the Western Italian Alps in the winter of 1944. He was stationed in Italy and France throughout the war and honorably discharged at war's end as a Lieutenant Colonel.
 He returned from service and with his brother, Fred, transformed their father's citrus business into Wm. G. Roe & Sons, a worldwide packer, shipper and marketer of high quality specialty citrus products; the firm is still active today. Mr. Roe was president of The Florida Club and Florida Citrus Showcase, president and founding member of Florida Citrus Production Managers, founding member and second Commodore of Lake Region Yacht and Country Club. He also served as chairman and board member of Winter Haven Hospital, president and chairman of the Board of Cypress Gardens Citrus Products, president of Citrus Growers Associates and past chairman and board member of Growers Fertilizer for numerous years. He served on the board of the Florida Citrus Hall of fame, where he was honored for his lifetime achievements in 1992.
 In addition to welcoming and hosting celebrities to the Winter Haven area in the early 70's on behalf of the citrus industry, he was a model train enthusiast with an extensive train collection, an avid hunter and antique MG car enthusiast, both active and a long-standing member and rally organizer of the Gathering of The Faithful Central Florida MG Owners Club and the original owner of several vintage models. He was also a pivotal and early supporter of music education in Polk County, and an accomplished musician in his own right.
 He is preceded in death by his daughter, Marjorie Rosemary Roe, 1959-1986.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Henderson Roe, of Winter Haven; six children, Ellen Roe Miller of Winter Haven, Donna Roe Daniell of Boulder, Colorado, William Gee Roe II, Martha Roe Burke, and Quentin James Roe, of Winter Haven, and Morgan Henderson Roe, Tijuana, Mexico; 13 grandchildren; and extended family and friends.
 Memorial services will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven with a reception to follow in McLeod Hall.
 The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday, Nov.1, 2006 at Crisp- Coon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions to support Willard E. Roe's lifetime commitment to the Florida citrus industry can be made to the University of Florida Foundation, "Willard E. Roe Recognition Fund" and should be forwarded to: UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station road, Lake Alfred, Florida, 33850. - ( Ledger, October 31, 2006 )


1923 - 2011

WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Marjorie Elaine Henderson Roe died Thursday, June 23, 2011 at her home from heart failure, surrounded by her loving family. Marjorie was born in Winter Haven, Florida to Frederick Theodore and Claire Stroy Henderson on February 28, 1923. She attended William & Mary College, Florida State College for Women and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a BS in Accounting. After graduation, she took her boards and became the first woman CPA in the state of North Carolina.
 She worked briefly in an accounting firm in North Carolina before moving back to Florida, where she went to work with her dad in the family gift fruit business, Henderson Groves. She was active in her hometown, playing the leads in the community theatre, and during this post WWII era, she met and married her husband of 57 years, then a "Full Bird" Colonel, Ret. and Winter Haven native, Willard Etheredge Roe.
 Marjorie was a champion of children, raising seven of her own and reaching out to many more through her life's work in her church and community. She was active in children's education programs at First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and promoted musical opportunities for youth. She was instrumental in the founding of the Winter Haven Youth Orchestra, organizing a European trip and concert tour of Romania for the entire orchestra. Along the way, she founded a summer youth music camp concept she called 'String Fling', hosted at her home on Vero Beach for many years. She was a tireless children's advocate in every organization that she supported.
 She loved her family and expressed that unconditional love through the gift of her time and treasures. She extended that generosity to employees, caregivers, as well as other civic organizations and benevolences throughout her life. Marjorie was a consummate host and gourmet cook, who alongside her husband, graciously opened up their home to family, friends and organizations for worthy causes, holiday gatherings, milestones and celebrated events in the Winter Haven community. She was a Member Emeritus of the The Garden Club of Winter Haven and a master flower arranger, a Lifetime Award Recipient of Presbyterian Women USA, and a past recipient of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Bankers Cup Award.
 Marjorie is predeceased by her husband Willard and beloved daughter Marjorie, sister Patricia Brewer Azorin and brother Frederick J. Henderson.
 She is survived by her sister-in-law Eleanor Henderson, daughters Ellen R. Miller (Marjorie), Donna Roe Daniel and Bob Castellino (Julian, Joren), Martha and Joe Burke (Margaret Allison), and sons William and Carol Roe (W. Gee III, April, and Geoffrey), Quentin and Lori Roe (Eric, Adam) and Morgan and Patti Roe (Stephen, Abigail, John Morgan, Julia, and Joshua), as well as many nephews and nieces and her dear friend and caregiver, Melissa Morris.
 Visitation will be at Crisp Funeral Home in Winter Haven on Monday, June 27, 2011.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday afternoon, June 28, 2011  at First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Girls Incorporated.  ( The Ledger, June 21, 2011 )

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