Many thanks to our friend who made the guestbook permanent. We appreciate it so much!
A true man of honesty, loving, sensitivity, discerning, generous, kind, God fearing, and a man who truly can be said "Never met a stranger! Will miss his great smile and warm handshakes and hugs. A great friend! Jose' Mercado
Thank you for all the kind words. Truly, my dad was an amazing man and the best dad in the world. I miss him more than I can express.
Ruth Ann and Family: I add to your great loss my own personal loss of a dear friend and buddy. It was natural to meet Jim and Ed at Williamson Road Pharmacy very soon after they took over there, for my medical office was only a block and a half away. Jim became particularly endeared to me through his intensely competitive spirit in sports and games. Every Wednesday afternoon we shared a half day off and would fill it with bowling, tennis, ping pong, golf, or even hangman, checkers or chess. We competitively evened out in most
everything except golf, which he had not played before. But my advantage in that sport lasted only a year before he caught up and passed me. I will always fondly remember our golfing trips to The Homestead and The Greenbrier. But of much greater importance, his faith and works for our Savior, Jesus Christ, over the years made him such a wonderful ambassador for good in this world. THAT is for what he will be remembered the most. But just in case you find a way, Jim, to reveal that there is a golf course in heaven, it will be of great comfort to me to know I have the chance to again join you on the links. Max Bertholf, MD
Jim Roberts was an icon—a legend. When I would be traveling and needed a drug store, or just went into a different one in Roanoke, especially the “mom and pop” drug stores, I always ended up comparing them to Williamson Road Pharmacy and they never lived up to it. As busy as he stayed, Jim always went out of his way to greet everyone by name when they came in his pharmacy. I remember many years ago when the little local newspaper for Williamson Road ran a story on Jim and I read that he was born in War, WV (I think). My mom wasn't born there but she did live there for a time—probably way before Jim was born.
When mom's 80th birthday was coming up, I invited her friends to send her a card. WRP not only sent her a card, but also a box of candy. During Jim's tenure at WRP, you were family. I have never seen that in any other pharmacy. If you knew Jim Roberts, you were blessed. The world is definitely a better place because of him.
When he entered heaven, I am sure he heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I know he is in heaven now and he is with his beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.
To the precious family of Jim Roberts,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you as you grieve the loss of a wonderful godly man. I have been so blessed to know Jim over the years and to watch him live a life of love, joy, peace, patience kindness. He was such a blessing to all who knew him. He left behind a wonderful legacy of what life & family is really all about, It's all about Jesus and glorifying HIM with your life. That is what Jim was about and his wonderful family is a reflection of that. We love you all dearly and we all look forward to the day when Jesus calls us home & we will join Jim and the rest of our loved ones who have gone before us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ruth and family
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing I think of him often my first boss and probably the best... I will always remember his smile...I don't think I ever saw him not smiling ... I will miss him as I am sure you all will but we will see him again all the good ones will be together and Jim was one of the best. May God bless you and your family during this time I will be praying for you ...
Barry and Debra Leslie
Las Cruces New Mexico
Ruth Ann, Sharon and Marcie:
I am still in shock over the news of Jim's passing, having just called you at
the house last week. We'd gone to visit
Rose's brother's family and I'd asked Don Shields to check on Jim's condition. I grew up at the Pharmacy,
thanks to Mom always using Jim's advice
for her prescriptions, and stopping at
the fountain for something good. You
and the girls would show up and it was
more like "Mayberry" than a pharmacy!
Losing Jim is like losing a favorite
uncle! But Jesus has gained the man
behind the counter He needed in His
drugstore. Jim will be missed! Please
accept Rose's and my condolences at
this time and God Bless you all!
Mrs. Roberts and Girls..I was very saddened to learn of Mr Roberts passing! I have known your precious family all my life, from the times when we were neighbors (our backyards on Hurst and Christian) through my 58 years having Jim as our family's pharmacist! He always had a smile and a hug and as I became an adult we continued to come across town to see Jim and have our prescriptions filled. Jim was particularly special when I became a Mom as he would field my long distance calls when I needed a second opinion from "Dr. Jim" and was particularly caring and kind when I went through a divorce.
Mrs. Roberts, I always enjoyed seeing the two of you together and as an adult still picture the" handsome" Mr. Roberts and "beautiful" Mrs. Roberts. You both always had a smile on your face, laughter in the conversation and love that was very dear.
Mr. Roberts will be greatly missed in the community as well as those of us who have moved away from a valley we lovingly call home! To the girls....He always loved sharing about your families to my Mom as well the times when I saw him. He so loved each of you and loved sharing about your lives. May your many memories bless you and comfort you. May God bless you and give you peace during this time.
Deb Harrison Dreger
Ruth Ann,Sharon,and Marcie,
WE were so very sorry to learn of Jim's passing...did not even know he had been ill.I know, without a doubt, he was lovingly welcomed to Heaven and you will all be reunited one day.Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.All of our kids dearly loved him,especially Greg. I still rebember being in the Lord's Supper service one Sunday and greg had a terrible case of hiccups and Jim came up and offered him a nickel for his next hiccup and they immediately stopped!God bless you and all your family,Ruth Ann.
Love in Christ,
Ruth & Frank Johnson
Mrs. Roberts ~
Truly no man has been kinder and an example of a dedicated Christian than Jim. I was so sorry to hear about his passing. I did not even find out until the same evening after his funeral. I would have come to pay my respects to Jim and you and his family. While I was a senior in high school Jim hired me to deliver medicine after my school day was over. Jim always laughed and really took time to care for a person one-on-one. No matter how busy he was there. Now I know why I saw the sky brighter last night; Jim's star was shining. God bless you and this is only temporary. The best is yet to come.
We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with all of you.
Dickie & Sherri Lyon
Sugar Grove, VA
So long, Jim. Over fifty years ago you and Ed gave me my first job, at the soda fountain, and the chance to learn and grow up. To the Roberts family I extend sincere condolences, and I assure you he will be remembered, especially in the Williamson Road community.
Jim Roberts was one of the most caring and compassionate men that I have ever known! When my parents were living, they were backyard neighbors and Jim often came over to check on them,particularly in their elder years. I think he really enjoyed laughing at and laughing with my father during their daily visits. As my parents grew older, Jim became a guardian angel for both of them, often delivering prescriptions during his visits. If they had needs, Jim was there to help. His personality and sense of humor always made you feel a little better. I am sure that my mom and dad will welcome him to heaven with open arms and I suspect they are already talking about their own families as they keep a watchful eye over each of them. Ms Ruth Anne, Sharon, and Marcie, Jim will always be there to watch over you and your families.My sister, Mary Jaye and I pray that you will find peace in knowing that he was one of the most dynamic and caring husbands, father, grandfather and next door neighbors that we have ever met. We will be forever grateful to your family for sharing Jim with our parents. I am sure that their lives would have been shortened, and certainly less enriched were it not for Jim. Please know that we will never forget him, as an amazing role model of empathy and care for family and friends as well. We will continue to pray for you in this difficult time in your earthly lives!!
Ruth Ann I was out of town when Jim died and didn't find out about the funeral arrangements until too late. I am so disappointed that I could not come. If you want, I would love to come by and see you. I am so sorry. I didn't know Jim had cancer, like Nick. I know what you are going through. My heart and prayers are with you. In Christ, Angie Paone
I just read about the passing of Mr. Roberts. All of my family (Cecil & Ruth Farris and us children) were long-term customers at Williamson Rd Pharmacy when my brother and I grew up. We live in the Williamson Rd Area then and was always happy to see the smile and talk with Mr. Roberts when we went into the Pharmacy. Mrs. Roberts we will keep you and all your family in our prayers. Mr. Roberts was a good friend to my Mom and Dad during doing those earlier years in our life. God Bless you all.
Mrs. Rosetta (nee: Farris) Howard
Praying for you all with the loss of a wonderful man! I loved going to the drug store to see Jim as a child, then an adult, and also to take my daughter there to see him. Jim was 1 in a million. My family and I will cherish the memories of him, his smile and his voice. Oh and all the jokes. God Bless you all. Jim will be missed.
I just learned about Jim today. I am truly sorry for your loss. I pray that God help you in your time of need. It is so hard to lose someone that you love so much. Keep your head up and know that Jim is looking down on you. God is there for you and will help you get stronger day by day.
We just found out today about Jim's passing and are devestated. Not only was he a wonderful pharmacist but a wonderful man to work with. He always lit up any place he was in with his wonderful stories, infectious smiles and genuine concern. I last saw him a few weeks ago, we were both at chemo and he made me an orange balloon dog. A wonderful sweet man who will be missed. We were blessed to know him and send our prayers to his wonderful family.
With heavy hearts,
Ed and Nikki (Goldie) McCraw
We offer our condolences.
Tommy Moxley and Diana Sheppard
Jim was truly special to our family. Whenever we (my late husband Steve Richards) visited on our furloughs from Turkey and Germany, he would take our four kids either outside or to his basement and occupy them with all sorts of games, even golf. He taught them to play tennis and let them ride on his special bike. The kids loved going to the Roberts. Jim had such a kind and loving heart. He loved his family and demonstrated that love to us. We learned so much from Jim and Ruth Anne. I am praying much for all of you who remain behind but know that one day there will be a beautiful reunion. Oh, what a day that will be!!!
Ruth Ann, Sharon & Marcie, we are so sorry to read of Jim's passing. To Sam & Kate Murdock, there was no finer man, he was always so kind to them, as he was to everybody. Our thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.
Sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of the family. I will miss him.
We loved Mr. Roberts because we love the Tom Wilkerson family. Our prayers have been with you during Mr. Robert's illness. We will continue to pray for you.
I am saddened to hear about Mr. Roberts passing. He was a fine man that never met a stranger. My mom, Nina Medley, was a long-term customer at Williamson Rd Pharmacy prior to her passing and she greatly admired and respected Mr. Roberts. Although I am no longer in Roanoke, I will always cherish his smile, sense of humor and his friendliness toward all. May peace be with his family during this difficult time.
JIM WAS A GREAT MAN, GREAT FRIEND , AND ONE OF THE SMARTEST NICEST PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN. MAY HIS FAMILY HAVE PEACE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE IS WITH GOD AND FREE OF ANY PAIN OR DISCOMFORT OF ANY KIND. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Jim was a very special person. He would always speak to the customers at willaimson rd. Pharmacy. He had a kind heart and soul Would make those balloon animals remember getting one from him. He always found time for his friends
Everytime I saw Mr. Roberts, he was filled with joy. My first job before college was at the pharmacy. I worked at the luncheon counter in the evening. One night, around 8:30 pm, I received a call for a "to go" order for 11 banana splits!! I was already overwhelmed with the regular counter patrons and cleaning up for the night. As I began to organize the order, I heard hysterical laughter coming from the pharmacy...well, from the steps where Mr. Roberts was hiding to make the "to-go call".
He was a wonderful boss and always welcoming every time I saw him after that summer job in 1970.
Sandy G. Hunter
It was an extreme pleasure to know Jim. He would always lift us up with his kindness and compassion. He comforted us with his biblical advice of "Be Anxious for Nothing!". He was right, as usual. Jim was our employer, genuine friend, and mentor. The women loved JIm, and why not?...He had a way of making you feel special...and he cared..boy, did he care! He had the gift of youthfulness, laughter, and was quite the jokester! Tim and I could call Jim for advice anytime, anywhere, and he took the time to listen!! We love you Ruth Ann, enjoy your memories, I know that we will. And we will see him again in Heaven, no more tears, no more pain. Hugs to your sweet family! Much Love, Tim and Dana
A personal friend and a friend to all who knew him. I miss the many times I went to the pharmacy for advice or just to visit. Our prayers and condolences to the family
So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.May God bless each of you.
Ruth, you may not know my name but I sit behind you and Jim in the 8:15 service. I sit to the left of George and Nancy and would come up and hug you both. I have always felt you two were a loving couple. I will be praying for you and your family. God Bless you.
The Roberts family: Jim was more than a man to most, he was a Landmark in Roanoke, Va. It was interesting to note while on Facebook, people recalling the airport, the schools and Willamson Road Pharmacy, Jim Roberts. He was remembered and talked about in the most grand memories of helping schools, and people of Roanoke. I've been blessed to know his daughters and Jim. For me, my fondness memories of home in Virginia are the heart warming Roberts smiles, kind ways and their deep faith in God. I know he has passed in peace and surrounded by love of his family! As he passes on his torch of life wisdoms to the next generation, I know the future generations will endure their ways and realize the imprints of Jesus in their hearts! Much love and prayers during these difficult times!
Dear Ruth Ann, We all here at the Blue Ridge Woman's Center send our love, prayers and sympathy. May you and your family feel the comfort peace and grace of our Lord and Savior during this difficult time. Love, BRWC staff.
Ruth Anne, Sharon, and Marcie and all of your family members. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time. He gave me my first job, as well as Mike and Ginny too. It always seemed to me that he knew everyone personally that walked in the door, and if he did not know you then, he made them feel welcomed before they left. I knew him my whole life it seems, and he was always so good to all my family. This Great Man will be sadly missed by so many people. May Peace be with you and Bless you all, Linda Saunders Pope
We know you miss him, and our prayers are with your family. Jim did a lot of nice things for me when we lived in Roanoke. God bless you as you live through this difficult week -- Jeff and Amy Gilbert
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Ruth Anne, Sharon & Marcie,
You are all in our prayers and thoughts. Jim was such a great person and will be missed by all. Thinking of you during this difficult period of time. Your Neighbors and Friends --Gerry Andrews & Family (Gerry, Carolyn, David, Kenny & Brenda)
Dear Marcie and Ruth Anne, We are so sorry to hear about Jim. His loss is felt by so many in your family, and in the community. Wishing you peace and love, Liz Bachelder
God bless all the family during this time. I only knew Jim for a short time, he was a very pleasant and friendly man. I should've known he was from WV, because of how kind he was to whom ever he met. May he Rest In Peace !!!
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Jim's family. He was a wonderful man! As a child, I always looked forward to going into the pharmacy, (even tho I was sick), just to see Jim. As an adult/parent, I always respected the advice HE would give us. He was like family to alot of people and he will be dearly missed.
We are so sorry for the loss of such a good man.He was such a wonderful man,friend to so many!!!Prayers always!
My heart goes our to all of you. Wish I could attend the funeral, but you know my circumstances. All my love, Joan Long
Loved working at the pharmacy with "Dr. Roberts" as many of his customers called him. He always had a smile and a joke for you. He was also famous for his "Word of the Day" calendars. He will be missed. Heartfelt sympathy to his sweet family.
I am so sorry to hear about your dad, Marcie & Sharon. He was a special man. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
There is no doubt what Jim saw when he departed is life on earth....the Face our Saviour. When someone says we lost a great man....that is a mild testament to Jim. No earthly words could describe him. Prayers to his family.
So very sorry to hear of Jim's death. If I can be of help please call me.
Sorry to hear about this Our prayers go out to you and family
Ruth Ann, Sharon & Marcie and families, my heart is heavy and sad learning of Jim's death. My family and I have loved you all for 50+ years and I pray for God's comfort to each of you.
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I remember he was very fond of my grandmother Maxine Caldwell. I enjoyed visiting him at the pharmacy when I was a child. With deepest sympathy Chris Preston and family.