James Vinson Roe

February 16, 1966 ‒ March 09, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Jim Roe was one of a kind… his claim to fame was having two birthdays.  His first on February 16, 1966, was in Camp Dix, Kentucky, to Ernest and Beatrice Roe.  His second was April 17, 2006, the day of Jim’s heart transplant.  Both funny and fun to be around, Jim embraced life, knowing how blessed he was to celebrate a 2nd birthday.

Ever the fighter, James Vinson Roe of Lexington is now at rest, after passing away Monday, March 9, 2015 in Cleveland Clinic following an extended illness.  He was 49.

He graduated from Lexington High School, class of 1985.

Jim worked locally as a welder.  Even through rough seasons, he remained a faithful Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.  Jim enjoyed hunting deer and small game, and also fished locally and occasionally at Lake Erie.  He loved music, especially playing the guitar.  Jim bowled, and also golfed at area courses.

An awesome uncle, Jim really loved his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his brother and sisters: John and Becki Roe of Mansfield, Beverly and Dennis Scott of Bellville, Betty and Larry Coleman of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Barbara Pue of Lexington, Joyce and Randy Rinehart of Lexington, Jacqueline Roe of Lexington, and Tamara and Terry Hutchinson of Galion; “adopted’” daughter Sierra, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Beatrice Roe.

His family will receive friends Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

For contributions in his memory, make checks payable to American Heart Association and bring or send to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jim’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family. I was fortunate to live down the street from Jim my whole life, graduated from high school in 1985 with and had the pleasure to be Sierra’ teacher! Jim was a wonderful person inside and out! He always had a smile on his face and a funny joke up his sleeve! Jim ran a good race, rest in peace my friend! Your classmate, Stephanie Wagner Jedra

  • Jim was a blessing with his jokes and his beautiful smile. He made you seem like a friend even if he had just met you for the first time. My condolences go to the family and the friends that he held so dear….RIP Jim you will be truly missed by those that loved you dearly. …..

  • When i was born Jim was 6 years old my aunt Tami was 3 years old I always thought he was brave and smart and he seemed 10 foot tall. Every weekend i would stay the weekend at Grama Roes. My Uncle Jimmy was always there teaching me about everything. He taught me to shuffle cards, about music.We watched wrestling together. I would go and watch Jim play football or baseball, he was always in sports. Anytime I needed a ride Jim would pick me up. He was always there for me no matter what.My boys love there great uncle alot.My son Michael hunts and fishes like his uncle and has a love of cars like uncle Jim. My son Justin is very serious like Jim and jokes and resembles is uncle, he even plays guitar. One time we went to columbus and I was sitting there listening to Jim sing. I can still hear him singing Curtis Lowe by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now he is a Free Bird too.I love you Uncle Jim and I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life. Losing my uncle Jim has been the worst thing in my life! I never thought I would have to grow old without him..I am going to Miss you Uncle Jim so much. XoXo


  • I was sad to learn of Jim’s passing. We grew up together as neighbors separated by several homes between us. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

    Jenny Taylor

  • My sincere condolences to Jim’s family. It was a pleasure to know Jim, ride the schoolbus with him, and be his classmate and friend. I thank him for all of the laughs and memories – the world was a better place with Jim here, and Heaven is a better place now. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • My thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family. We were classmates at Lexington. Jim always had a smile on his face and with his great sense of humor put smiles on all those that crossed his path. He was such a wonderful person and we were lucky to have him as a friend.

  • Mom and I are so happy we spent time with you last fall. You were a special person and I remember how much my grandsons enjoyed their time visiting many years ago. Uncle Ernest and Aunt Bea will be there to welcome you. R.I.P., cousin.

    We love all of the Roe family. Our thoughts are with you.

    Aunt Freida and Donna

    P.S. You and Howard behave up there!

  • My condolences to the Roe family and Friends who lives Jim touched. Throw all your anxiety upon the Lord, he cares for you. Pray to him for help during this difficult time. Philippians 4:6

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family. What a great funny and sweet classmate. We will all will miss that red head with the ornery smile. God bless you!

  • For Jackie and family:

    My deepest sympathy on Jimmy’s passing. No words but sending love your way with heartfelt thoughts. So, so sorry.