Earl Lee Roberts HICKORY - Earl Lee Roberts, 84 formerly of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Givens Estate, Asheville, NC. Born July 29, 1928 in Mecklenburg County, he was the son of the late Fred Craig Roberts and Nora Ross Roberts. Earl Roberts lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, listening to country music, playing cards and holding court with his special table at the Hickory Rotary Club. He was beloved by all who met him. His sense of humor and twinkle in his eye was shared with all. Within two months of moving to Asheville to Givens Estates he not only knew most of his neighbors but also their history. Earl was a longtime active member of Viewmont Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and on many committees. He also served as President of the Hickory Rotary Club and was on the Board Emeritus of Frye Regional Medical Center. Earl's family was most precious to him and the entire Hickory community joins them as we will miss this man whose mantra was "lead by example". He did it well. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Betty Marie Hefner Roberts; two brothers: Bobby Roberts and Charles Roberts. Mr. Roberts is survived by a son, Russell "Rusty" Roberts of Hickory; a daughter, Robin Roberts Murray and husband Tommy of Hendersonville, NC; three grandchildren: Matthew Murray of Wilmington, Gavin Roberts of Hickory, and Haley Roberts of Charlotte, NC. The memorial service will be held at 2:30PM on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Viewmont Baptist Church with the Rev. Sandi Hood officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:30 at the church. The Hickory Rotary Club and Master Workmen Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Viewmont Baptist Church, 1246 2nd Street, NE, Hickory, NC 28601. On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Earl Lee Roberts.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 5, 2013