September 6, 1936 ~ June 21, 2013
Frederick Eugene Roberts, 76, of Asheville, was called to his Heavenly home on Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
He was a son of the late Frederick E. Roberts and Myra R. Burris. A native of Buncombe Co., he retired from Bristol Meyers Corp., and was a U.S. Air Force veteran stationed in Cheyenne, WY, and Oahu, Hawaii.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Roberts; son, Robin Roberts and wife Karen, of Asheville; daughter, Donna Warren and husband Melvin, of Alexander; granddaughter, Jennifer Harkins and great-grandson, Ben Harkins, both of Asheville; several nieces and nephews; two half-sisters, Mary McGraw and Barbara Searcy, and a half-brother, A.C. Burris.
He was an active member of Westwood Baptist Church, serving as an usher and was a former member of Newbridge Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Director, teacher of the men's class, and Youth Director. He also served as a trustee on the Board of Director's of Eliada Home, and was an alumni member and former President of the Erwin Youth League, where he coached baseball and basketball. Beside his love of sports, he enjoyed traveling and camping with family and friends. Fred was a true inspiration to all who knew him. His faith in God, kind heart, strength and determination, and immense courage will remain in our hearts always. We will always love and miss him.
A funeral service for Mr. Roberts will be on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. Charles Phillips and Jeff Brooks officiating.
Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Phil Smith, Philip Smith, Jeffery Shuford, Lee Shuford, Jeff Clark, and Eric Thomas serving as pallbearers.
His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Flowers are accepted and appreciated, or memorials may be made to Eliada Home for Children, 2 Compton Dr., Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Charles George VA Community Living Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.
Carolyn and family, We are sad to hear of Fred’s passing.Although we didn’t see you often, we thought of you often.We have known you many years and think of you as special friends.Lots of good memories of years past.May God’s love surround you at this time of saddness. Love and Prayers James and Marie
Donna and Family, our sincerest condolences during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
Melanie (Warren) Thompson, Carlos Engel & Ellison Thompson
We’re so sorry for your loss…Fred was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed
Dearest Carolyn and Family – We are shocked to hear of Fred’s passing and so sorry for your loss. Fred was a wonderful man and we are glad that we got to be with him on our last visit to Asheville. Our prayers are with all of you. May the Lord be especially near to you during this difficult time and give you His peace, comfort and strength.
Sorry that we are not able to be at the funeral due to previous commitments.
We send our love and sincere condolence. Larry and Heidi
Carolyn, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. May God’s presence strengthen you today and the days ahead. As Fred slipped from us here he instantly was with the Father. What a time he is having today.
Love, The Porshia’s
Carolyn I will be thinking about you as you begin the grief process which is not an easy task. Gods know when to give us strength so He will be with you for guidance and assurance. I worked with your daughter, Donna, at Wachovia in Asheville for several years. You are fortunate to have her by your side, a wonderful lady and friend to me.
Carolyn, we were so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. We remember him from the early years and always thought a lot of him. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Carolyn and Family
We were sad to read of Fred’s passing. He was a special, special person and will be missed by all. Didn’t see you too often but you were in our thoughts often.
We are leaving town on Monday morning and won’t be back until late of Tuesday. So sorry we will be unable to attend the service.
Burnie & Elaine Duncan
Dear Roberts family;
I am very sorry about the passing of Fred. I have many fond memories of him and Carolyn from New Bridge. We will be praying that God’s comfort and peace surrounds each of you during this time.
Robert Rhodes & family
Donna and Family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna and Roberts Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Donna and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although he will be missed, your dad is in a better place. God Bless!
Donna, I remember him being so warm and fun with Erwin activities, always a nice man. Both your parents, just charming and supportive. My condolences to you all.
So sorry for your loss. Words always fall short to express our love and appreciation for our family. Thank you for being a sister and a great family support for us.
We enjoyed knowing Fred the few short times we were able to visit with him, and our memory will always recall the good family man that he was.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your and your Mom.
Love…Andrea & Lloyd Warren
Dear Donna & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I will keep your family in prayer.
Mrs. Carolyn, Donna, & Robin,
I am so sorry for you loss. He was always a joy to see and always smiling and friendly. He and dad had a lot of fun times and some hard times working with the youth league and booster club. I know that it is a hard thing to do but with God’s guidance everything seems a lot easier. He is going to be missed but know he is in the presence of Greatness now.
Carolyn and Family,
Sandy and I send our condolences in this time of grief. We have good memories of time spent with Fred and you in years past. We pray God’s choice blessings will be yours.
Dear Carolyn and family, Fred was a special person to me. I met him in the late l960’s as we traveled W.N.C. in sales. I was not a follower of Christ and Fred gave me his testimony. Christ worked in my life and 1970 and called me to missionary work. Fred invested in our ministry and encouraged me to follow Christ. Fred loved people and came to my mother’s house and spent days teaching me and helping me with repairs. We miss him but we will see him soon.Love Alan and Jane
Dear Carolyn, Robin and Donna and families, we wish to tell you we share in your loss of Fred Roberts. We had not seen him in many many years, but think of you all often remembering our days at Emma and Erwin at church and baseball. We know he is with the Lord and we will rejoice soon in seeing him again. Marie C. Clark
Carolyn and Family: We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Fred. Our good times at EBC, weekend trips and
frequent visits have stayed in our minds and hearts for almost 50 years.
The Roberts family is special to us. Dick and Sandy