Saturday, August 25, 2018

Roy Lamar Roberts

Roy L Roberts passed away on August 24, 2018, at the Bee Hive Assisted Living Home where he had been living for approximately 7 months. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on August 27, 2018, at Poplar Flat Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, with Dr. Gayle Pope officiating. Visitation will be at the Church beginning at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow the service at the Poplar Flat Baptist Church Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Roberts was born on March 5, 1928, in Louisville. He was a graduate of Louisville High School, East Central Community College and Mississippi State University, earning a degree in business. Following work at Southern Natural Gas Company, he served as Postmaster of Louisville from 1968 to 1990. He enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard as a private in 1947, served in the regular Army during the Korean War with the 31st Infantry Division and remained in the National Guard until 1968, achieving the rank of Major. He served as company commander of the Louisville National Guard unit for 6 years.

He was a faithful member of Poplar Flat Baptist Church, that had his father and mother, Samuel Frank Roberts and Winnie Clark Roberts, among its original members. He served for many years as a Deacon and also served as its Treasurer for over 40 years. In past years, he served on the Board of Trustees of East Central Community College and on the Executive Board of the Winston Medical Center. He was a Master Mason.

Among his many hobbies and activities, he was an avid walker and for most of his life enjoyed raising beef cattle. He was always sure all of his animals had plenty to eat. He loved and was proud of all of his grandchildren and supported all of their activities with his presence. He raised outstanding tomatoes and worms for fishing, his other favorite pastime.

He was pre-deceased by his wife of almost 66 years, Sara Bouchillon Roberts, his parents, Samuel Frank Roberts and Winnie Clark Roberts, his brothers and sisters, Mary Sue Roberts Bloom (Frank), Jack Doss Roberts (Virginia), Jenny Ruth Roberts Lewis (Marshall), Gladys Roberts, Sadie Roberts Byrd (R.L.), Maggie Roberts Cannon (Joe), Millie Roberts Cannon (Jack), Hazel Roberts Castle (Bill), Samuel Frank Roberts, Jr. (Mary June), and Deck Nolan Roberts (Gloria).

Survivors include his two sons, Ronny Roberts of Columbus, (Sissie), Steve Roberts of Louisville, (Cathy), four grandchildren, Jess Roberts (Misty)-Jackson, Kate Magley (Greg)-Birmingham, Wyatt Roberts (Jordan)-Louisville, Payson Roberts-Louisville) and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ronny Roberts, Steve Roberts, Jess Roberts, Wyatt Roberts, Payson Roberts, Greg Magley and Bobby Stubbs. Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley McCully, Roy’s nieces and nephews, and the men of the Jack Mitchell Monday Morning Breakfast Club.

Memorials may be sent to the Poplar Flat Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 684, Louisville, MS 39339.