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John Roberts(1930 - 2013)

John Roberts
Norfolk - John Roberts left us June 27, 2013. He was born on November 10, 1930 in Vulcan, West Virginia to James P. and Kathleen Blankenship Roberts. He served in the U S Navy during the Korean War, was stationed with squadrons on carriers USS Boxer; USS Essex CVA9; and USS Yorktown. After leaving the Navy he worked at American Laundry Machine Co. in Norwood Ohio. John met his wife-to-be there, married, and went to Barber School and became a licensed barber in Ohio. He joined the Navy again in November 1965, and was stationed on the USS Austin, USS Independence, VP-9 Squadron, and the USS Guam. He was Command Chief at NARF when he retired on February 29, 1984.
He worked at Barry Robinson Center as maintenance mechanic until his wife Dot and daughter opened "Dot's Tax Service & Gifts" in Norfolk. They worked together there for 20 years.
John is predeceased in death by his parents, sisters Irene Maynard, Agnes McGovern, and Mary Pfingsten; brothers, James P Roberts Jr and Raymond Roberts.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dorothy; Three children, Cynthia Roberts Gregory (Cathy) and Dennis R. Roberts of Ohio; grandsons, Paul and Tyler Roberts; brothers Guy Roberts of Blanchard Ohio, and Morris (Gladys) of Blue Ash, Ohio and many, many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m. with funeral services at 12 p.m., burial will immediately follow. All services will handled by Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk VA 23502. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to a or to The John Roberts memorial fund at the MacKay Surname Project http://www.familytreedna.com/group-general-fund-contribution.aspx?g=MacKay (please specify in memory of John Roberts). Condolences may be left for the family at www.woodlawngroup.com.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 3, 2013
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