1925 – 2020

Roy C. Lacks has peacefully passed away after a long, well-lived life and after recently celebrating his 95th birthday with loved ones. He was born in Clover to Thomas and Hattie Lacks.

He enjoyed life in a small community, living among a lot of family and on the farm. After graduation, Roy served the country in World War II in the Navy Air Corp. He attended Clover Baptist Church growing up and always loved the Lord. He is now absent from his body and is present with the Lord. He passed away on April 23, 2020 after a brief illness.

He leaves to cherish his memory and mourn his passing his devoted wide, Sylvia L. Lacks; his children, Pam Lacks Shapiro, Jeff Lacks (Shyra), Debra Lacks and a stepdaughter, Sandra S. Everett (Lester).

He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Karen Ridge.

He is survived by five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. He will leave behind many special nieces, nephews and their families as well.

Roy was indeed from a large, loving family. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ruby Lacks, Gertrude Clark, Alice Overby, Gracie Stanley, Louise Haire, Minnie Lacks, Tommy Lacks, Garland Lacks, Victor Lacks and their spouses.

A sister-in-law survives, Mildred Ammons, also of Virginia Masonic Home in Richmond.

Roy’s career with the airlines – United, Piedmont, and U.S. Air located he and Sylvia from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

They retired in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and later moved back home to Halifax County living there for many years before entering the Virginia Masonic Home independent living in Richmond where they have resided almost five years. She continues to reside there.

Due to the current gathering restrictions presented by the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a celebration of his life and memorial service at a later date in Richmond at the Masonic Home Chapel. He will be laid to rest in South Boston at Halifax Memorial Gardens.

Those wishing to honor Ray’s life with a memorial gift may wish to remember the Masonic Home of Virginia P. O. Box 7866, Henrico, Virginia 23231-0366 or a charity of your choice. Those wishing to send a note of sympathy to his wife may send it to 1207 Drexel Lane, Greenville, N. C. 27858.