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Rocco Anthony LaRocca, 76

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Known as “Rocky” to his friends and family, Mr. LaRocca died April 8, 2008.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Mt. Juliet Lodge No. 642 (Free and Accepted Masons) and the American Legion. Mr. LaRocca was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force with 22 years of service.

He was also a retiree of AVCO and the West Wilson Utility District.

Proud of his Sicilian-American heritage, he was the son of the late Gaetano and Giovanna LaRosa LaRocca.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Wolf.

Interment with full military honors will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Masonic services were held Thursday evening at the Bond Memorial Chapel.

Survivors include: son Mark A. LaRocca of Tampa, FL and daughter Jennie Lynn and son-in-law Jeff Rawls of Murfreesboro; grandchildren – Tyler A. Rawls, Nikki Rawls, Dylan Thomas LaRocca and Audrey Jade LaRocca.

Also surviving are siblings Dante LaRocca of Ambler, PA and Jennie McCloskey of Philadelphia, PA; sisters-in-law Ola Mai Hackney, Gladys Hackney, Allie B. Hackney,  Donna Rhea Hackney, Mary (George) Goodall and Glenna (Mac) McKinney; brother-in-law Marvin Hackney as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. LaRocca is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Norma Gray Hackney LaRocca, who preceded him in death on March 3, 2007, and siblings Anthony LaRocca, Michael LaRocca, Tommy LaRocca, Peter LaRocca, Geralma LaRocca and Geraldine Carlson.   Active pallbearers will be Tyler Rawls, Dylan LaRocca, Brad Henley, Mike Goodall, Tim McKinney, Billy Francis and Bobby Francis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Hackney, William McCloskey, Jr., Anthony LaRocca and Rocky’s buddies at West Wilson Utility District.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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