Sherlene Rooks, age 72, of Columbia

Sherlene Rooks, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Baptist Health of Louisville.  She was 72 years of age.

Sherlene was born in Russell County, on December 8, 1949, daughter of the late Mayfield and Elsie Richards Grider.  She worked for many years as a sewing machine operator with Russell Sportswear and then with Fruit of the Loom of Jamestown.

Sherlene was a member of Free Union Separate Baptist Church, and in recent years, had attended White’s Chapel Separate Baptist Church.  She loved to sew, going to yard sales and going shopping.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Rooks; her brothers, Roy (and Patricia) Grider, of Russell Springs, and Leonard Grider, of Indiana; and her nieces and nephews, Christine Blakey, Kris Grider, Donna Matney, James Grider, Kelly Aaron and Todd Grider.

Along with her parents, Sherlene is preceded in death by her brothers, James Grider and Arvil Grider; her sister, Kathleen Wilson; and her nephew, Eddie Grider.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Free Union Separate Baptist Church Cemetery, with Bro. Johnny Davis officiating.  Pallbearers will be Barry Stephens, David Blakey, Larry Grider, David Kinnett, David Breeding, Danny Rooks and Jason Blakey.

Mrs. Sherlene Rooks arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at

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