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Hartselle Enquirer

Morgan County loses Sue Baker Roan

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Morgan County lost one of its most respected and well-liked public officials when Sue Baker Roan died Sun., Nov. 22, at her home in Hartselle.

Roan, 85, retired in January 2015 after serving as Morgan County License Commissioner for 20 consecutive years.

A lifelong Democrat, she toyed with the idea of seeking a fifth consecutive six-year term  but ultimately declined in favor of retirement. She said she had mixed feelings about leaving office out of a sense of obligation to the citizens of Morgan County.

“She was a good public servant and is going to be missed by her many friends and acquaintances,” said Ray Long, Morgan County Commission Chairman.

“I got to know her when we ran for a position on the Morgan County School Board in 1982,” he recalled. “She beat me but she became a good friend. She was a super lady and a great person to work with. If she heard your name and saw your face, she never forgot who you were.”

Morgan County License Commissioner Sharon Maxwell remembers Roan as a kind, sweet person who went the extra mile for her customers and members of her staff.

“She didn’t like the idea of people having to wait in line to buy a tag or renew a driver’s license,”  Maxwell said. “Her desire was to take care of the customer’s needs as pleasantly and efficiently as possible.”

“She had a sweet disposition and was nice and kind to everyone,” recalled Edna Vines, one of Roan’s many friends. “I campaigned with her a lot in the past and I was amazed at how well liked she was by everyone we met.”

Roan was the first female to be elected to a public office in Morgan County when she won a seat on the Morgan County School Board in 1992. Two years later, she was appointed Morgan County License Commissioner by Governor Jim Folsom Jr. in 1994. Subsequently, she was elected to a six-year term in 1996 and again in 2002 and 2008.

She was an active Democrat for many years before seeking public office and often opened the home she shared with her late husband, Bunyan Roan, to state officials and those seeking state offices for many years.

Mrs. Roan leaves a son, daughter, sister, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

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