John Watkins Roby Jr.
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John Watkins Roby, Jr. passed away peacefully on February 10, 2013 after a very brief illness.
John was born February 13, 1926 and, except for brief periods while at LSU and in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, lived his entire life in Shreveport, the city he loved, where he enjoyed a successful career, attending Noel Methodist Church, and his many long-time friends. John travelled the world with his wife Elizabeth and relished planning their trips almost as much as the adventures themselves. He was tremendously intelligent and had an insatiable quest for knowledge. Becoming an independent business owner at an early age while working tirelessly from his home, John reached his goal of selling his business at age 42 to spend more time enjoying the things he loved such as lengthy family vacations, bass fishing, flying, playing tennis, waterskiing and other family pastimes and hobbies while remaining active with his business associates and the community. John was an inspiring role model and we will miss him dearly, but his sense of independence, prudence, and love of family will remain with us forever.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Barnet Roby by only 46 days, his parents, and his brother.
John was a very proud father, grandfather and great grandfather and is survived by his children, Bruce and wife Cheryl; Beth; and Bill and wife Susan; grandchildren: Chad and wife Jennifer; John and wife Paige; Travis and wife Angie; Eric and fiancée Erica; Chelsea and husband Troy; Neal and wife Renee; Logan; Laura; and Chrystal; six great grandchildren; and niece Jeanine Adams.
He is now reunited in heaven with his wife of 64 years, with whom he spent a wonderful lifetime, including their final days together sharing meals and memories and receiving passionate, attentive care at Village Health Care at The Glen. The fact that he rejoins his wife Elizabeth so quickly after her death is a testament to their oneness and the comfort each brought to one another.
There will be a brief memorial service to celebrate his life at Noel Memorial Methodist Church in the chapel at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 16th with his family receiving friends immediately following in the church parlor. Private interment will follow at a later time.
In lieu of flowers if one wishes to make a memorial gift, please consider Noel Memorial Methodist Church or Village Health Care at The Glen.
You may offer condolences, sign the on-line guest book, and view photos of John's life by visiting www.centuriesmemorialfh.com
Published in Shreveport Times from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013