November 30, 1940 ~ August 8, 2005

Born in: Madison County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Sanford Craig Roberts, 64, of 28 Green Valley Road, Asheville, died Monday, August 8, 2005, at his residence. A native of Madison County, he was a son of the late Sanford McCormick and Mae Grooms Roberts. He had a distinguished career as a Nationwide Insurance agent for 32 years. He was a US Navy veteran, a former president of the Candler Lions Club, a member of the Beekeeper Association, a bicycling enthusiast and attended Hominy Baptist Church. Mr. Roberts led his life as a gentleman and a scholar. The world is a better place for having had him in it and we are better people for having known him. A loving husband, wonderful father and a proud papa, he will be greatly missed by his wife, Phyllis Buchanan Roberts; a daughter, Michele Capel and her husband Joe of Candler; a son Mike Roberts and his wife Traci of Candler; two grandchildren, Breanna Capel and Sydney Roberts, both of Candler and a brother, Jack Roberts and his wife Dorothy of Asheville. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Drs. Joe Yelton and Fred Werhan officiating. He will be laid to rest at Pisgah View Memorial Park Mausoleum. His family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 am Thursday prior to the service and request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, PO Box 016960 (R48), Miami, FL 33101-6960. The family would like to thank Mountain Area Hospice as well as the individual in-home care givers for their care and support. A special thank you is extended to Christy Hall for her extraordinary dedication and excellent care for the past six years.

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  1. I have been a part of your family for so long, I wish I could be there. You are all in my prayers. Love Linda and Family

  2. Michele, Mike and Family-
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace.

  3. Dear Phyllis & Family,
    Susie and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Craig and wish to express our sympathy, condolences, and love to you and the family. Our prayers are that God will give you comfort and peace because of your loss. We love you very much.

  4. I am very thankful for having known Craig and I have known him all of my life. Craig’s office was next to my fathers office when I was young & he always had candy and lots of patience with curious children. He was one of the best role models anyone could have. There was no one else like him. He was always there for myself & my family.
    My thoughts & prayers are with the Roberts family.

  5. Dear Phyllis, Michelle, Mike and family,
    How sorry Charlie and I are for your loss. Craig was a very unique man. He possesed many wonderful qualities. We always enjoyed the times we were in his company. He will be truly missed. Please know that we will continue to hold all of you up in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Catherine

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He was a friend as well as a business acquaintance.

  7. I was very sad to learn of Craig’s passing, your family is in our prayers. kindest regards, Stom Peterson and Family

  8. Phyllis and family, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Craig was a special man that always had a smile waiting.
    Susan Flowers and family ( Edith’s grandaughter)

  9. I am very sorry for the family of
    Craig, but knowing him as you all did he was like my wife who God called last Friday and took her away from me.We are never ready, but
    they were and Craig is in Bula Land.

  10. I was an adjuster with Nationwide for 16 years and Craig was always there to lend a helping hand and support. He stood up for what was right and I could always count on his wisdom. I am deeply saddened by his passing. My Dad passed just about the same time. So, I share your loss very personally.

  11. Dear Phyllis, Mike & Michele,

    My Prayers are with you at this time. I enjoyed working with Craig as a fellow agent and above all as a friend for thease many years.

  12. Dear Phyllis, Mike & Michele –
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so hard to loose someone like you have. We miss dad so much!!! Please call us if we can do anything. Sometimes even crying on a shoulder can help. Please call!! We love you.

  13. Dear Phyllis, Mike, Michelle & Family,
    So sorry to learn of the loss of Craig. He sure did fight a long and hard battle. I know how hard it is to lose someone so dear. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. I know we have been out of touch simply because time seems to fly so quickly, but please know if there is anything that we can do, we are a phone-call away.
    May God grant you HIS Peace and Understanding! It was a privilege to know Sam, Mae, and Craig. They were fine people and will remain fondly in our memories forever.
    God Bless!
    Lisa Shope Marrow

  14. Dear Phyllis, Mike, Michelle & family: We were sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Linda & Charles Rogers, Joe, Stephanie and Jessica Rogers.

  15. Phyllis, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I would only hope that I would be as blessed with devotion, patience,caring and love as I witnessed between you and Craig in the time that I helped care for him. I’ll miss him, he was a wonderful man. Craig is no longer in pain and he’s doing his own ROM’s now, may you find peace in knowing that. He is now ‘walking’ on the streets of Gold and breathing with ease. If you ever need anything please call me.
    love and prayers, Janice

  16. I want to tell Mike and Michele how good your Dad was to me over the years with both business and personal. He always tried to motivate me and tell me I should always try to make the most of my strenths. The world is a better place since your Dad was in it. Gary Roberts

  17. Dear Phyllis, Mike and Michelle, Craig had an amazing spirit. I am so grateful for the chance to meet him and all of you. It was an honor to work with him for the time I did. I am sorry for your loss and pray that you find comfort in loving memories.

  18. Mike,I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your dad.I will have to say he was a dear friend,i remember all the talks and advise i got from him as we sat on the bench in front of the old sandhill grocery building,our many trips to the flea markets,and the trips we took to the lake together,he was a great help to me when i needed anything.I always knew his advise was the best i could get,i know he is now well and at peace with the Lord.May the Lord bless your family during this time in your life.My prayers are with you. John

  19. So sorry to hear about Craig. You have all gone through so much over the last several years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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