WE REGRET TO INFORM ALL WHO KNEW HIM, THAT BUD HAS NOW LEFT US.
ALTHOUGH BUD IS NOW GONE, HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
BUD CONTINUOUSLY AUCTIONEERED FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BEFORE HIS UNTIMELY DEATH
Paul James Roach, Jr., known to many as “Bud,” passed away on the evening of November 7th, 2017 in Tulsa, Ok.. Bud was well known to be a founder of Southside Auction Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma and that company’s primary auctioneer since the Roach family founded it in 1968. For almost 50 years, Bud conducted weekly public auctions in Tulsa and the surrounding area. To all who knew him, Bud was considered to be a fun-loving guy with a big heart. Bud’s love of all things related to the old west and his big moustache were two enduring and unforgettable aspects of his persona. Although Bud may now be gone, he will never be forgotten.
Bud was born in Pryor, Ok. on April 17th, 1945 to Mrs. Hazel Dean Chaney (Roach) and Mr. Paul James Roach, Sr.. Bud was the youngest of Hazel and Paul’s three children. On October 28, 1967, Bud married the love of his life, Cathey Molder, in Tarrant, Texas. Bud and Cathey went on to have two children, Christopher and Katherine. Bud was a longtime resident of Jenks, Oklahoma and that is where he resided until his untimely death. The family home was one of the very first homes built in the Gregory Circle edition in Jenks.
Bud graduated Edison High School in 1963 and went on to attend John Brown University. In 1965, Bud was enlisted in the US Army and joined the 4th Howitzer Battalion in the 30th Field Artillery Regiment. Bud later became a drill sergeant in 1972 and was honorably discharged from the National Guard (120th Engineer Battalion) in 1982 with the rank of Sgt. 1st Class.
Throughout his life, Bud’s family was always a tight unit. Bud worked hard for his father, Paul, during the 1950s in the family’s auto and appliance sales companies. When the family decided to venture into the auction business, the two worked side by side 7 days a week with the help of his sister Gail and his mother Hazel.
In 1968, Bud and his family founded Southside Auction Co. in Tulsa, Ok. The auction house was built in the late 1950s by Lloyd Krauss and was the first building designed specifically for conducting public auctions. Bud learned the trade quickly with practice and hard work. Of all that the things Bud accomplished during his lifetime, being an auctioneer was one of his finest accomplishments and the old auction house off 71st and Riverside was his pride and joy. Bud will always be remembered as one of Tulsa’s best auctioneers with the longest track record in the profession.
Bud also had many other interests aside from his trade as an auctioneer. He enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting, and was proficient in both shooting and archery. Bud loved horses and horse riding; as well as, all things related to the Old West and Native Americana. Bud appreciated and collected antiques and all manner of unusual things that caught his eye. Bud liked listening to country, soul, blues, and bluegrass music. Bud loved the company of children, cats and dogs. He spent 15 years as the children’s pastor of 2 churches. Above all else, Bud found joy in spending time with his friends and family.
Bud is preceded in death by the following immediate family members: Hazel Roach (mother,) Paul Roach, Sr (father,) Richard Roach (brother), Gail Glossop (sister), L.D. Molder (father-in-law) and Billy Lou Molder (mother-in-law).
Bud is survived by the following immediate family members: Cathey Roach (wife,) Katherine Roach (daughter,) Christopher Roach (son,) Dylan Roach (grandson,) Reagan Malone (granddaughter,) Treven Roach (grandson,) Gary Pruitt (nephew) & wife Kim, Daniel Glossop (nephew) & wife Claire and Ray Glossop (brother-in-law). Other relatives to include Freddy Burnett (cousin) & wife Georgene, Stephanie Ralston (niece), Alexus Mitchell (niece) & husband Landon and Blake Ralston (niece). Bud had an extensive family and many friends all of whom will miss him dearly.
A public memorial service for Bud was held at Life Church in Broken Arrow (5801 S. Elm Pl) on Monday, November 13th at 1 p.m. Bud was buried with military honors at Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Tulsa, OK on Tuesday, November 14th.