Roberts, Jesse Odell
Feb. 27, 1936 - Apr. 8, 2013
Jesse Odell Roberts peacefully left this life behind to joyfully join his Savior and Heavenly Father early Monday morning, April 8, 2013 at his home in Parrish. Father, husband, grand and great grandfather, and friend to many, he will be adored forever and sorely missed by all who knew this gentle, loving man. A native of Manatee County and a graduate of Manatee High School's class of 1955 where he played on one of the greatest football teams coached by his hero, Wheeler Leath, he lived his entire life in Bradenton and Parrish.
He joined the Bradenton Herald in 1955 as an apprentice printer, and advanced through his career to Press Operations Manager until his retirement in 1998. He valued his years in the newspaper industry, and worked a night job at the Tampa Tribune when the Herald was an afternoon newspaper. He was grateful for his contemporaries at the Herald which included so many great co-workers such as Paul Bartley, Jerry Hill, Carson Baldwin, Richard Chick, Jim Akin, Ed Maggi, Don Watson, Donnie Arrant, Ken Craig, Janelle Gainey, Kathy Rankin, Theodore Harvey, Wayne Poston, and of course, his press family: Hayvaard Brantley, Jamie Beyerline, lifelong friend Ronnie Crosby, Jim Stufflebeam, Randy Clements, Stanley Watson, Marcus North, Jack Harkin, David Payne, Pete Mathis, and John Plansky. And there are so many more whose names may not appear that he had many fond memories of.
Odell was predeceased by his parents, Jesse Bural Roberts and Sarah Louise Bentley Roberts, his sister, Helen Louise Roberts Romine, and brothers, Charles Curtis Roberts and William Lawrence Roberts, and his former wife and mother of his children, Virginia Lee Roberts Foor.
He is survived by his beloved family: wife and partner of 28 years, Barbara, and her family; his youngest brother: James Tyler Daniel of Steinhatchee, FL; his children: Lori and Richard Boulais of Ft. Myers, LeAnne Boyce of Anderson, IN, and Andrew Roberts of Bradenton; his cherished four grandchildren: Jessica Roberts, Timothy Jones, Jerrad Roberts, and Jesse Boulais; and six great-grandchildren: Austin Johnson, Cheyenne Jones, Virginia Jones, Kayden Jones, Noah Roberts, and Nella Roberts, as well as many members of his extended family, and by his faithful labs and companions, Sunny and Dusty.
In honoring Odell's wishes, his family plans a private memorial at a future date when all can gather. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Florida Fishing Academy (For information, contact Captain Rich Brochu 561-740-7227) or the Manatee Children's Services, 453 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34207. Our gratitude goes out to all his caretakers from Tidewell Hospice and especially Dr. James P. Floyd and Dr. Lawrence Hasara, and their gracious, loving staff.
All those who knew Odell, know he loved without boundaries. We will miss him always until will see him again when we are called home.