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Asheville - Frederick Eugene Roberts, 76, of Asheville, was called to his Heavenly home on Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
He was a son of the late Frederick E. Roberts and Myra R. Burris. A native of Buncombe Co., he retired from Bristol Meyers Corp., and was a U.S. Air Force veteran stationed in Cheyenne, WY, and Oahu, Hawaii.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Roberts; son, Robin Roberts and wife Karen, of Asheville; daughter, Donna Warren and husband Melvin, of Alexander; granddaughter, Jennifer Harkins and great-grandson, Ben Harkins, both of Asheville; several nieces and nephews; two half-sisters, Mary McGraw and Barbara Searcy, and a half-brother, A.C. Burris.
He was an active member of Westwood Baptist Church, serving as an usher and was a former member of Newbridge Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Director, teacher of the men's class, and Youth Director. He also served as a trustee on the Board of Director's of Eliada Home, and was an alumni member and former President of the Erwin Youth League, where he coached baseball and basketball. Beside his love of sports, he enjoyed traveling and camping with family and friends. Fred was a true inspiration to all who knew him. His faith in God, kind heart, strength and determination, and immense courage will remain in our hearts always. We will always love and miss him.
A funeral service for Mr. Roberts will be on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. Charles Phillips and Jeff Brooks officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Phil Smith, Philip Smith, Jeffery Shuford, Lee Shuford, Jeff Clark, and Eric Thomas serving as pallbearers.
His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Flowers are accepted and appreciated, or memorials may be made to Eliada Home for Children, 2 Compton Dr., Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Charles George VA Community Living Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.
The online register may be signed at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from June 22 to June 23, 2013