COL. LAWRENCE E. ROBERTS, USAF, Retired, died Tuesday, October 12, 2004 in Biloxi, MS at 81 years of age. Col. Roberts was born on December 9, 1922, in Vauxhall, NJ. He had been a resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 35 years, living in Pass Christian and Biloxi. Col. Roberts attended Howard University, received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Morningside College, and received his Masters Degree from Tuskegee Institute. He entered the United States Army Air corps as a Private, and he retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He was a graduate of the 44K class of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen. Col. Roberts was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Roberts and Dorothy Roberts, and a brother, Robert D. Roberts. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mrs. Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts of Biloxi, MS; three daughters, Dorothy Roberts McEwen of Long Beach, MS, Sally-Ann Roberts Craft of New Orleans, LA, and Robin R. Roberts of New York, NY; one son, Lawrence E. Roberts II and wife Cynthia of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Services will be held Friday, October 15, 2004, 1:00 p.m. at the Triangle Chapel on Keesler Air Force Base, where friends are welcome to visit from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS. The family prefers memorials to the Lawrence and Lucimarian Roberts/Helpline Scholarship Fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 1596 Glenn Swetman St., Biloxi, MS 39530.
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Published by Houston Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2004.