Wesley Franklin Roe

Wesley Franklin Roe


Wesley Franklin Roe was born on July 4, 1934 in Love County near Burneyville, Oklahoma, to Shambley Franklin Roe and Claudy Grace (Koons) Roe. Wes and the love of his life, LaVona Mae (Graham) Roe, shared the same birthday, July 4th. They were also married on that day in 1959, and there began the beginning of a legacy to live on as long as the memory of Wes lives. Wes and Mae had three children and made their home in Guthrie, Oklahoma.


Wes built the family home and was rightfully proud the bank never had a note against where his children and love lay their head at night.  He built his own home piece by piece with his wife, Sam, Weselle and James.  Wes did an amazing job of passing down his heritage of faith, family and love to each of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  You cannot think about Wes/Papa and not have a chuckle or two of all the adventures done with his family: either driving on road trips to preach or just going to the back yard to climb a tree.


When Wes became a “Papa” you could not find a more jovial man in Oklahoma!  His love for each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will live on for generations to come. Wes is known to take grandkids on vacations, build playhouses and forts, allow the granddaughters to “fix” his hair, have tea parties, play cars AND even put a few kids IN a car with tools.  Reading to his grandchildren was a regular blessing each grandchild can distinctively remember. He did things his way and loved each of his grands… no one was left behind when Papa was around.  He had a way of making them laugh and KNOW he loved them very much. Even and especially during hard times.


Wes was proceeded in death by his love, LaVona, his best friend and son, James, his parents and 5 of his 8 siblings. He is survived by his three baby sisters, Shirley, Lynda and Barbara, his son Sam, daughter Weselle, and daughter-in-law Belinda a.k.a. “neighbor”, his grandchildren Jason, Natalie, Amanda, Madeline, Jaken, Aaron and Micah, and great grandchildren Chloe, Lux and Ryker.  His family is beautifully carrying on his legacy of love and commitment to their families.  If you had the opportunity know Wes, you had an opportunity to witness a man of integrity, faith in God and an adoring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor.  Wes is a legend.  A man who could bring change in any heart.  To know Wes is to know God and know love.

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2021 at Matthews Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Memorial Road Church of Christ with interment to follow at Waterloo Cemetery Edmond, OK.

2 thoughts on “Wesley Franklin Roe”

  1. Don McCord donmccord@hotmail.com

    What an honor to have known for many years Wes and Mae Roe as devout, faithful members of the church of Christ. I am a better man because the paths of the Roe and Graham families have crossed my path. I am forever grateful. Darkness hovers for the night, but the dawning of a new day brings eternal light. so bright, to last. Farewell, dear Brother; we will meet again. Thanks for the memories, many and lasting.

  2. Bob Loudermilk

    I am so happy to have known Wes – a wonderful friend and be dear brother in the Lord. May God bless and comfort all the family.

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