JAMES E. ROBY ROCKFORD - James E. Roby of Rock-ford departed this life Friday, April 5, 2013, at Alden Alma Nelson. He was born December 2, 1956, in Goodman, Mississippi; the son of Will and Lillie Roby. James lived many years in Rockford, coming from Mississippi. He attended Jefferson High School. James leaves to cherish many memories, daughter, Shamica (Gregory) Newkirk of Jacksonville, FL; mother, Lillie Roby; brothers, Will (Kimberla) Roby Jr., Terry (Karen) Roby, Robert (Tammy) Roby, Ronald Roby; sister, Gloria Roby; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; Predeceased by his father and daughter, Natasha Roby. Special thanks to Faye Wheeler, the staff at Alden Alma Nelson and Family Home Hospice. Services will be held 10 a.m. Friday April 12, at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2209 Clifton Avenue. Officiated by Pastor Ronald Alexander of Hope Fellowship Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. until the time of service. Arrangements completed by Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home 2429 W. State Street.