James "Steve" Steven Roberts


February 27, 1951 ~ September 21, 2021

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

James ‘Steve’ Steven Roberts, 70, went unexpectedly to be with his heavenly father on September 21, 2021. Steve, as all knew him, was a devoted Christian, was humble and had a servant’s heart for the Lord. He loved his family and friends. In addition, Steve as an avid animal lover, often took in stray cats and dogs.

Steve, after high school, served in the United States Air Force and had an immense love for our country. After the Air Force he worked at Georgia Pacific until he retired.

While working, Steve joined Erwin Hills Baptist Church and became Deacon and a devoted member to serve God and the community. He was kind to everyone he met. He was soft spoken and known even as young boy to have a gentle spirit. All that knew Steve could not help but like him. Steve loved to read and help others. He is missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.

Steve is survived by his sister, Karen Roberts Watts of Highland Village, TX and husband Richard Watts; brother, Gary Roberts of Hendersonville; nephew, Thomas Watts and wife Shana Watts of Plano, TX; niece, Kimberly Gentry and husband Jerry Gentry of Trenton, TX; and great nieces Lily Gentry, Lauren Cannon and Kaylee Watts.

Steve is preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Allen Roberts, father, James Harrison Roberts, and mother, Lillie Mae Smith Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 4, at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain.


Funeral Service: October 4, 2021 10:00 am

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Karen, sending our deepest condolences, love and prayers for you and your family. May God comfort you all during this time of the passing of your brother.

    Linda and Mike Young

  2. Steve is missed more than he would have ever known. He was a loving and thoughtful brother. We talked every day for years. Although, we were a thousand miles apart we never hung the phone up without saying I love you. I’m so thankful those were the last words we said to each other on September 17, 2021. I know He’s with our Heavenly Father and I will see him again one day along with other family and friends. What a great reunion that will be . Until then I really miss our phone conversations. Love and miss you Steve.

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