Mr. Ralph Roland Roberts, age 90, died Friday, June 28, 2013.
A native of Jefferson, Mr. Roberts was born on January 1, 1923, the son of the late Artis Eugene and Effie Mae Turner Roberts. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Eugene Roberts and Johnny Bee Roberts, granddaughter, Deven Hemphill, a son, Jeffery Roberts and his wife of 50 years, Louise Armstrong Roberts. After a childhood spent in his hometown of Jefferson, Mr. Roberts enlisted in the Army
in 1942 and served his country as a staff sergeant in France, England, and the border of Russia during WWII
, earning a World War II Victory Medal. Following his military service, he returned to Jefferson and was employed by the Jefferson Mills and Gainesville Mills, before opening his automotive body shop in 1949. He retired from his business, Roberts Body Shop and Roberts Wrecker and Towing Service in 2006 after serving the community of Jefferson for over 57 years. Both before and after his retirement, he avidly pursued his hobby of restoring vintage automobiles and trucks.
Survivors include: his son, Freddie Roberts; daughters, Barbara (Billy) Duke, and Karen (Ricky) Hemphill, all of Jefferson; eight grandchildren, Alisa Roberts, Julie Roberts Fletcher, Taylor Duke, Tucker Duke, Timberlie McEver, Chad Hemphill, Jessica Brothers, Karen Roberts; and 12 great grandchildren.
The family received friends from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson. The funeral service was held on Monday, July 1 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Carpenter and Rev. Alan Saunders officiating. The interment followed in the Faith Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson School System Foundation, 575 Washington Street, Jefferson, Georgia 30549, or to the Jefferson Public Library, 379 Old Pendergrass Road, Jefferson, Georgia 30549.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.