John Preston Roberts
John Preston Roberts, 90, of Gulfport, went to his heavenly rest on February 21, 2014. The son of Roscoe Roberts and Annie Jane Roberts, he was born in Mt. Olive, MS on February 17, 1924. John Preston attended Mt. Olive High School where he was the Valedictorian, the Football Quarterback, and member of the Track Team. He served in the Navy during WWII. He attended John Carroll University, The Case Institute of Technology, The University of Mississippi, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and obtained a degree in Engineering Administration.
John Preston married his childhood sweetheart, Christine Sullivan, on August 19, 1960 at the First Baptist Church in Fairmont, WV. Formerly with General Electric for 15 years, he became the Plant Manager of Westinghouse Glass Company and later transferred with Westinghouse to Salina, KS. He was then reacquainted with his old friend from GE, Ronald Reagan, and years later, received a card from the White House to John and Chris Roberts signed by President Ronald Reagan.
Later, they moved to Gulfport, MS where he was in Management at Chattanooga Glass Company and then Anchor Glass, from which he later retired. John Preston was a committed Christian and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Gulfport, where he served on the Audio/Video Ministry.
He was dedicated to his community serving in the Rotary Club (Winner of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Program Chairman, and many other awards as well) and the Kiwanis Club (President, Salina, KS). He also enjoyed his membership in The Antique Car Club, serving many times as President.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he was known for picking flowers every day for his wife and never missing an event in his grandchildren's lives. Known by so many as the "sweetest, kindest, most generous man that ever lived," He taught us all about the value of the words "thank you" and "please". He lived his life not so much by the words he said, but by the life he lived.
John Preston was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe Roberts and Annie Jane Roberts; his son, Craig Preston Roberts, and Truman Roberts and Javus Roberts, as close as brothers.
He is survived by his beloved wife of over 53 years, Christine Sullivan Roberts; his sisters, Annie Lois Stoufer, (Woody), Bobby Hazel Carlisle, (S.F.); his brother, Columbus Laverne Roberts, (Polly); his daughters, Nancy Wilson, Brownwood, TX (Terry) and Tammy Turnage, Gulfport, MS (Kendall); grandchildren, Heidi Deen (Dustin), San Antonio, TX, Kristen Moody (Brian), Gulfport, MS, Maria Turnage, Gulfport, MS, Terianne Ballard, (Russell) Pineville, LA, and Chris Wilson, Alexandria, LA; great-grandchildren, Cody Ballard, Pineville, LA, Christian Wilson, Pineville, LA, Natalie Wilson, Pineville, LA, Preston Deen, San Antonio, TX, Ryann Deen, San Antonio, TX; daughter-in-law, Lynn Roberts (Craig); and special friend, Christine Skinner.
Special thanks to Emeritus at Biloxi (Memory Care) for their love and wonderful support.
The service will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at The First Baptist Church of Gulfport, 12190 Highway 605, Gulfport, MS. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and the funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will then be held at 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Mt. Olive, MS.
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Three Rivers Rd., Gulfport, is in charge of arrangements, and his obituary can be viewed in its entirety online at www.riemannfamily.com
Riemann Family Funeral Home
11280 Three Rivers Road Gulfport, MS 39503
Published in The Sun Herald on Feb. 23, 2014