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Give me the strength to do everything that I'd have to do; yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never be mine. Lord, for my sake, help me to take, One Day at a time. With love and respect, R. H. Greene Funeral Home is offering compassion to the loved ones of Mr. John Roberts, age 102 of Warrenton, North Carolina. Mr. Roberts transitioned on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at his residence.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Warrenton, North Carolina. The Reverend Dr. Lamonte Williams, Pastor will officiate and the Reverend Preston Williams, Jr., will deliver the eulogy. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the church cemetery.
John Roberts was born in Clover, Virginia on July 14, 1921 to the parentage of Richard Roberts and Luella Lacks Roberts. He was one of thirteen children born from their union.
At an early age, John was baptized and joined the St. Matthew Baptist Church in Clover, Virginia. John’s family moved to New York City when he was nine years old, where he attended the New York City public school system.
At the age of 21, John was drafted into the United States Army where he served in World War II as a Private 1st Class from November 14, 1942 until January 11, 1946, in the 92nd Division which only consisted of negro men. He was awarded and recognized for his honest and faithful service to his country. His decorations and citations included World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Middle Eastern Service Award, and the European African American Service Medal. On January 11, 1946, John was honorably discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey for his military service.
After his time in the military, John worked several jobs starting with the United States Postal Service, then the New York City Transit Authority, then the Environmental Protection Agency and ending his career at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital after 36 years of dedicated service. John met and married the love of his life, Laura Marie Alexander who preceded him in death.
John was a strong man of few words who loved his family dearly. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed many hunting trips with his brother-in-law Murphy Jones, and other hunters including family members. In 2012, John moved to Warrenton, North Carolina with his daughter Ava and her husband John. He joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Preston Williams, Jr. John was a true testament of a strong family man who provided for his family until his death. He was known to many as Johnnie, as his wife affectionately called him.
Our Papa leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Chiquita Brown (Arnett), Ava Davis (John) both of Warrenton, North Carolina; twin sons, John Roberts (Wanda) of Youngsville, North Carolina and James Roberts (Kim) of Warrenton, North Carolina; thirteen grandchildren, which one preceded him in death, Jhaymes Bethel Brown; fifty great-grandchildren and thirty-five great-great grandchildren; his sister, Fannie Belle Richardson of Richmond, Virginia; one sister-in-law, Christine Alexander of Queens, New York; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Roberts will lie in repose in the chapel of R. H. Greene Funeral Home on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. The family will be present from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. to greet friends.
All other times, the family will receive visitors at the home of Ava Davis, 208 Stagecoach Road, Warrenton, North Carolina.
The service will be livestreamed on the R. H. Greene Funeral Home facebook page.
Services entrusted to R. H. Greene Funeral Home.