JEFFERSON -Ralph Roland Roberts, 90, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013.
A native of Jefferson, he was born on January 1, 1923, the son of the late Artis Eugene and Effie Mae Turner Roberts. Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Eugene Roberts and Johnny Bee Roberts; granddaughter, Deven Hemphill; son, Jeffery Roberts and his wife of 50 years, Louise Armstrong Roberts.
After a childhood spent in his hometown of Jefferson, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served his country as a staff sergeant in France, England, and the border of Russia during World War II, earning a World War II Victory Medal. Following his military service, he returned to Jefferson and was employed by the Jefferson Mills and Gainesville Mills, before opening his automotive body shop in 1949. He retired from his business, Roberts Body Shop and Roberts Wrecker and Towing Service, in 2006 after serving the community of Jefferson for over 57 years. Both before and after his retirement, he avidly pursued his hobby of restoring vintage automobiles and trucks.
Survivors include a son, Freddie Roberts; daughter, Barbara (Billy) Duke, and daughter Karen (Ricky) Hemphill, all of Jefferson; eight grandchildren, Alisa Roberts, Julie Roberts Fletcher, Taylor Duke, Tucker Duke, Timberlie McEver, Chad Hemphill, Jessica Brothers, and Karen Roberts; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 1, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Alan Saunders officiating. The interment will follow in the Faith Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson School System Foundation, 575 Washington St., Jefferson, GA 30549, or to the Jefferson Public Library, 379 Old Pendergrass Rd., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com