Late community member finally receives headstone after several decades

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Several decades after her death a well-known member of the Wichita Falls community now has a headstone.

A benefit was held to raise money for a headstone for Annie Davis Roark back in March, and after community members raised about $2,500, the stone was dedicated and placed Saturday morning at Lakeview Cemetery.

Roark was the first African American female to open a practice in Wichita Falls. The podiatrist also owned the Isis Theater and the Roark Hotel in Wichita Falls.

The Wichita County archivist said he was glad that so many helped to properly memorialize Roark.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to have it completed,” Wichita County Archivist Bill Steward said. “It took a long time, but the wait was worth it. To see this group that is out here. It’s a very very satisfying experience.”

Steward encourages everyone to go out to Lakeview Cemetery to not only see Roark’s new gravestone but to see all the other history that is there.

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