PAUL ROBERTS, Jr., 78
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HAINES CITY - Paul Roberts, 78, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home in Haines City due to congestive heart failure.
Mr. Roberts was born on February 23, 1935 in Reidsville, North Carolina, to Paul Roberts, Sr., and Maude Gamble Roberts. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Love Farrow, on November 21, 1956, and they moved to Florida in 1961 where they raised their three children, Tracy, Casey, and Robby.
Paul attended Shelby High School in Shelby, North Carolina, and graduated from Camden Military Academy, Camden, South Carolina, in 1955. He was awarded a football scholarship to Gardner Webb College where he earned the distinguishment of "All American" and transferred to Catawba College where he graduated in 1959 with a teaching degree. Paul also played semi-pro baseball for the Shelby Colonels. In 1959, he was hired as a school teacher and football coach at Winecoff High School in Concord, North
Carolina. His career as a teacher and football coach spanned a 14 year period, from North Carolina to Central Florida: Winecoff High School,
Concord, North Carolina (1959-1961), Frostproof High School (1961-1967), Crest High School, Shelby, North Carolina (1967-1968), Avon Park High School (1968-1969), Sebring High School (1969-1970), Lake Placid High School (1970-1971), and Haines City High School (1971-1973).
Paul Roberts received a Master's Degree in Education from Rollins College in 1973 and served as principal of Polk Opportunity School (1973-1974),
and Assistant to East Area Superintendent (1974-1975). He served in the capacity of assistant school principal at Lake Wales High School (1975-1978). Mr. Roberts was the principal of Ft. Meade High School
(1978-1981), Haines City High School (1981-1985), and Westwood Junior High School (1985-1990). He retired as the Director of Transportation for Polk
County School Board in 1993. During the early years of his retirement and prior to his illness, he enjoyed playing golf, boating, motorcycling, beach trips, and visits with his children. He attended Lamb of God
Lutheran Church in Haines City, Florida.
Mr. Roberts will be forever remembered as a faithful and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family, a beloved coach who touched the lives of many students over the years, and a man of impeccable integrity and character, great wisdom, and simple faith. He was loved and respected by many who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Surviving Mr. Roberts is his wife of 57 years, Sarah Farrow Roberts, and their three children: Tracy Roberts Suarez and her husband Bernardo, Casey Morris Roberts and his wife Sandi, and Paul Roberts, III "Rob", and his wife Becky; five grandchildren: Sarah Rosario and her husband Derek, Jessica Gonzalez and her husband Francisco, Kane Roberts, Audrey Roberts, and Heather Roberts; and five great-grandchildren: Ariana Rosario, Alessia Rosario, Alexander Gonzalez, Amirah Gonzalez, and Tanner Remington Petersen; and his brother, Rev. Joseph Andrew Roberts of Greenville, South Carolina. He is preceded in death by both parents; his brother, Eugene
Roberts, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and a sister, Patsy Jean Roberts, who died in infancy.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Haines City. Memorial
contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, W. Main St., Lakeland, FL 33815 or Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 901 Scenic Hwy., Haines City, FL 33844.
Published in Ledger from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2014