January 19, 1941 ~ July 22, 2020

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Buddy Jack Roberts, 79, of Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

A native of Buncombe Co., Buddy was a son of the late Jerry and Helen Lunsford Roberts.

Buddy was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School. He worked for Parkway Business Machines, and then became the owner and operator of Buddy Roberts Classic Paint & Body Shop for 23 years. He was also a member of Westwood Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Gloria Trexler Roberts; sons, Brent Roberts (Jackie) and Barry Roberts (Kay); grandchildren, Ryan Roberts, Amber Cagle (Trent), Jessica Roberts, Jamie Roberts, and Nicole Roberts; great-grandchildren, Ryan Roberts and Brayden Cagle; and sisters, Dolores Broome (the late David Broome) and Sharon Broome (Don). He was preceded in death by a brother, David Timothy Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Baird officiating. Attendance is limited to 50, and masks are required. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

Friends may sign the guest register at the funeral home or online at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Employee Appreciation Fund at Aston Park Health Care Center, 380 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.


Funeral Service: July 26, 2020 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: July 26, 2020 3:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

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  1. Dear Gloria and family, the Asheville community has lost one of our most humble servants. All the way thru Hall Fletcher and Lee Edwards, Buddy was always willing and able to help anyone with any problem they might have. He could hit a baseball or softball or pass a football further than anyone I know. Strong as an ox, but a gentle Soul!, Went to church with the whole family at Craven St. And Westwood Baptist for many years. Buddy is in Heaven right now with so many family members and family. Praise God🙏🏼

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. He was a man I truly respected. One in a million. I met Mr. Roberts when he was working out of his basement. My husband at the time was Michael Swanger and he introduced us. He had been very special to Michael, someone he could look up to. We all need a Buddy Roberts while we are growing up. He was just that to Michael and a lot of kids on the Westwood neighborhood.

  3. Gloria, so sorry to hear about Buddy. Please know we ate praying for all of you during this time that God will give you peace and comfort.

  4. To Gloria and to the rest of the family. I am truly sorry about your lost. I will be keeping each and everyone of you in my prayers

  5. Gloria and family, We were so saddened to learn of Buddy’s passing. Please know our prayers are with you today and the days ahead.

  6. Dear Barry, Brent and all the Roberts family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love to all!
    Harrison and Diane Milholen Smith

  7. Gloria and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Buddy’s passing. He, and all of you , have been a great friends to our family for many years. Prayers for peace during these difficult times.

    Richard and GB Pressley

  8. So sorry to hear of Buddy’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We shared many good times in the gazebo at Aston park while my Mom was patient there in 2018.

  9. Gloria and family, we were saddened by the news of Buddy’s passing and know he will be missed terribly but we have the assurance we will see him in Heaven one day soon! You and all the family are in our prayers for comfort and strength during this sad time.
    Our love and prayers to all
    Barbara and Ron Harris

  10. Gloria and family..,, I am so sorry for your loss as Buddy was such a good man and positive force in this world. Kind and wise he always left us happy to have him in our lives. May God comfort you and cover you with peace.
    Love you Gloria

  11. Gloria and family,we grew up with Deloris and Sharon on Lilac St. and knew Buddy and the family. We will miss him and are sorry that we cannot attend the service. Mother will soon be 91 years old and we try to keep her away from a lot of people .our prayers are with all of you.

    Judy Goode,And all the family on Lilac

  12. So sorry for your loss. Know I am praying for your family during this time. Buddy was a good Christian gentleman. I am blessed to have known him and to be a part of his extended family. Love to each of you

  13. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    We are praying for all the family to have peace and a strength at this hard time, he now is at home with JESUS.
    Eduardo & Sheila Zamora

  14. Soooooo many memories in the West Asheville community on a street called Worley Place especially with all the kids that live there.We rode our bikes from one dead end to the other and Buddy and Gloria was always sitting on the front porch keeping an eye on us kids. I’m praying for Gloria and each of the family members that you will heal through this sad time. Knowing that Bubby was a great man.I know that he is in heaven and that he’s going to be missed here on earth.

  15. Lots of great memories. Watching our boys grow up on the ballfields. Deepest sympathy to you, Gloria, Barry and Brent.

  16. Lots of great memories. Watching our boys grow up on the ballfields. Deepest sympathy to you, Gloria, Barry and Brent.

  17. Sharon and Delores, so sorry for the passing of your brother. May your many happy memories and your strong faith help you through this sad time.

  18. Dear Gloria, Barry, and Brent. Tommy and I are so sorry for your loss. I know you have had at least 3 really hard years, I’ve thought of you many, many times. Know that you are in our prayers. May peace be yours. Donna & Tommy Orr

  19. Gloria, Brent and Barry, Delores, too,
    So very sorry to see that Buddy had passed. Gloria, I know you will miss him terribly. I am so glad that we became friends while he and Daddy (Oie Hall) were roommates at Aston Park. We always had some good conversations and connected just like we had known each other for years. Buddy always had such a sweet, sweet smile and said “be careful” every time I would leave. Please know that you are in my thoughts at this time. I know he and Daddy are in heaven right now talking about cars. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

  20. Praying for the entire Robert’s Family Buddy was a Good man with a kind and gentle Heart. He was a great Boss/Employer. He helped me when times were tough. My sincerest condolences. Russ

  21. I knew Buddy Roberts from Parkway Business Machines years ago and also at his car repair business. He was a good friend and always shared his tomatoes with me he grew outside his office door. He always had his favorite dog under his desk. We will miss him very much.

  22. Sandra and I just want to tell Gloria, Brent, and Barry just how glad we were in our lives to have know Buddy and all of you. We do not get the paper and only found out about his passing after the fact. His passing brought back some great memories. It was my pleasure to have coached Barry and Brent in their days playing little league baseball in West Asheville. Buddy and Gloria were always there supporting them both. After the games we would go over to Buddy and Gloria’s house and enjoy being with each other. Buddy used to talk about how he loved refurbishing cars and finally started his own very successful business. Buddy had a great sense of humor and was so proud of his two boys. Time has a way of putting some memories in the back ground, but when we heard of Buddy’s passing, those great memories came right back. I was dating my wife when she met Buddy and Gloria, I will never forget that Gloria told me “you had better marry that Girl”, which was very good advice! Gloria, Barry, and Brent, we love all three of you and wish you the best. You had a great dad and he will be missed

  23. Gloria. I did not know Buddy as intimately as others, but I do know the family and what his support meant to me. I grew up on Fairfax and worked with his mom at Singer. I also coached his sons in West Asheville Little League. Buddy was one of the first parents who chipped in to buy McDonald’s meals the team went to get after winning a game and you and Buddy came to my wedding in 1974. My thoughts are with you and your family.


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