If you happened to travel by the intersection of Allen Avenue and Hwy 167 in Jonesboro on Tuesday, you noticed a giant flag suspended and flown vertically between fire trucks from Ward 4 and the Jonesboro Fire Department. Alongside was Jackson Parish Ambulance Service unit.
The act of honor and respect was in recognition of the death of former Ward 4 Fire Chief and United States Postal Service Worker, Curtis Roller, who passed away on Friday, July 2nd.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home with Bro. Stewart Holloway officiating. A long procession of first responders, law enforcement and fire department members along with family and friends then proceeded to the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery where he was buried under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers was Michael Linton, James Ramsey, Wayne Anderson, Logan Johns, John Wright Johns, Tyler Johns, Brandon Brown, James West.
Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Chris Roller and wife April, Brad Roller and wife Karen, Brian Roller and wife Elisca; brother, Lynn Roller and wife Kathy; grandchildren, Kody Roller, Taylor Roller, Tyler Roller, Melise Roller, Kameron Roller, Caleb Roller, Harmony Davis; wife, Tami (Leach) Roller. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Morrelle Roller; mother, Dolores Knight.
The Chatham resident graduated from Weston High School where he was involved in FFA (received the State Farmers Degree his junior year) and was a member of the State Parliamentary Law Team. He was also a member of the boys basketball team his sophomore, junior and senior years and served on the Wolfpack Staff his senior year. He was chosen Most Dependable his junior year and a class favorite his senior year.
Curtis retired as a postal carrier after working with the United States Postal Service for 32 years. He spent his life serving his community and neighbors during emergency situations as a First Responder, in which he proudly served his community as the Ward 4 Fire Chief for over 25 years.
During that time he supported fire departments throughout Louisiana. In his younger days Curtis enjoyed activities such as rodeos, agriculture and fishing. His heart belonged to his family, especially his grandchildren. He truly enjoyed time spent with them and watching them play sports.