He is survived by two children, Kathleen Monroe (Larry) of Mason, Ohio and David Beatty (Amy) of Chapel Hill; six grandchildren, Kelly Hershey of Indianapolis, Indiana, Andy Goodknight of Fern Park, Florida, Kimberly Cox (Stephen) of Franklin, Indiana, Shawn Goodknight of Ocawaha, Florida, Meghan Burroughs (Alex) of Hixson, and Brian Beatty of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and three great-grandchildren, Karly Gapski, Eloise and Hunter Cox; two sisters, Sarah Cooper of Portage, Indiana and Sue Crotzer of Nashville.
In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Marie Beatty in 2005; daughter, Peggy Goodknight in 1993; and brother, Grover Ray in 1994.
Roy grew up in Hohenwald, before moving to Nashville as a teenager and ultimately settling in the Greater Chicago area where he moved for work and met and married Eloise Marie Wilson in 1950. They were married for 55 years and had three children.
Roy served his country in the Army during the Korean War, and he worked for the Ford Assembly Plant in Hegewisch, Illinois for 48 years, working in quality control and ultimately in the carpentry shop.
Roy moved to Tennessee in 2008 to be near his son. He was a man with a strong work ethic, a strong sense of duty and principle, and a generous heart. He enjoyed tinkering with anything that needed fixing and would work until he got it going again. He enjoyed visiting with neighbors and acquaintances and having get-togethers with cousins and family members that he had missed spending time with during his years away from Tennessee.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 12, at McDonald Funeral Home in Hohenwald with Talford Tharp officiating. Burial followed at Beatty Cemetery in Hohenwald.