The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 11, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Mary Katrine Brown Roy

RACINE — Mary Katrine (Brown) Roy of Racine, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 following a brief illness.

The daughter of the late Joseph Shaw Brown and Laura Dagley Brown, Mary Katrine was born March 22, 1922 in Elsacoal, Ky.

She graduated from Sherman High School, Class of 1940,  where she was the first Miss Sherman. She returned to Sherman to begin her teaching career of over 30 years following her graduation from East Tennessee State Teacher’s College in 1944.

Mary Katrine was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Lyle Eugene Roy, as well as a brother, Richard Dean Brown and sister, Anna Mae Brown Shriver.

Mrs. Roy is survived by her son Richard Maurice Roy and wife, Suzie; her daughter, Roena Roy Barbre and husband Marvin, as well as seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and nephew, Bruce Shriver.

Mrs. Roy was an active member of Order of Eastern Star, Whitesville and Chelyan Chapters, serving as Worth Matron as well as Grand Organist for West Virginia Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She served on the Boone County Public Service Board, maintained membership in the East Tennessee State Alumni Association, Racine CEOS, and Boone County Retired Teachers’ Association. Much of her life was dedicated to service at Racine First Baptist Church where she served in many capacities over the years:  as choir director and the church’s only organist, Sunday School teacher of the Pioneer class, president of the American Baptist Women and Leota Campbell Circle, president of the Coal River Baptist Association of American Baptist Women.

A celebration of Mary Katrine’s life will be conducted at Racine First Baptist Church on Thursday, December 12, at 1 o’clock. The service will be conducted by her son-in-law, Dr. Marvin Barbre and Rev. Anthony Pratt. Internment will follow at Pineview Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Racine First Baptist Church and one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to thank all those who enabled us to keep Mother in her home, especially Martha Burke and Donna Moore.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.                         

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