September 29, 1920 ~ March 18, 2001

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

James E. “Zeke” Roberts, 80, of 266 Ledbetter Road, died Sunday, March 18, 2001.

A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late James Carter and Nannie Barrett Roberts. He was retired from the NC Department of Transportation and had been associated with the Biltmore Dairy and the Arcadia Dairy. He was a member of the Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church.

Mr. Roberts was an Army veteran of W.W. II, serving with the 4th Armored Division. He received the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground combat and also the Presidential Unit Citation. He was a member of the VFW Post 891. He was a member of the State Executive Committee of the NC Democratic Party, a charter member of the Skyland Fire Department, serving as former asst. chief and secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors and a charter member of the Valley Springs Lions Club. He was a member of the Kedron Masonic Lodge #387 in Hendersonville, a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Provost Guard of the Oasis Shrine Temple in Charlotte.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Johnston Roberts; two daughters, Patricia Ann Whitson of Mt. Holly, NC and Linda Ruth Erwin of Avery’s Creek; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. Doug Love at 2 pm Tuesday in the Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery. Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by the Kedron Mason Lodge and military graveside rites will be conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 pm Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Long Shoals Road.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or to Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Sara McHone, treasurer, 18 Fieldstone Court, Arden, NC 28704.

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  1. Pat, I was sorry to read about your father’s death in the paper. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have pleasant memories of you and ‘Aunt Nannie’s’ visits to Beech in the summer. Wilma

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  2. I saw the obituarie in the paper and we wanted you to know we were thinking of you and you and all family are in our thoughts and prayers. I miss everyone there. I am remarried and now live in Waynesville. The girls are fine jennifer is in school in greensboro and stephanie has moved to ct and getting married in aug. I am sorry for your loss. May God Bless all of you. Sincerely Diane Garrett Jennifer and Stephanie

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  3. In such a sad time, the work that I do, I understand how difficult a loss can be. As you said, God has the ability to ease one’s pain even if it has to hurt for a while. I am sorry, and if ever I can be of help, you can reach me at Aston Park.

    God Bless,
    Tim Bishop
    & family

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