March 20, 1920 ~ November 21, 2014

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

Wade B. Roberts, 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 21, 2014, at his home. He was one of nine children born in Madison County to the late Lorenzo Dow and Arrie Worley Roberts. In 1940, Wade moved to Buncombe County and met Flora Mae Wright, married her and they lived 72 years devoted and happy. They raised a beautiful family together, remaining together until April 29, 2014, when Flora went to be with the Lord. Wade was a World War II veteran, and participated in the Normandy invasion. He served three years in Europe. Wade loved his country and was proud to have served. He was a master woodworker and made many beautiful pieces of furniture for family and friends. He retired from Ethan Allen as Quality Control Manager. Wade also loved working in his garden and sharing the bounty of his harvest with others. He passed along this love and knowledge to his family. Wade was a member of Victory Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the Sunshine Club. Wade loved the Lord and now his faith is sight. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Peggy Roberts Lance and husband Sheldon, of Candler; granddaughters, Kim (Kimmy) Lance Hartless and husband Kevin, of Forest, VA, and Karena (Reenie) Lance McCoy and husband Jon, of Candler; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Connor and Carson Hartless, and Jake and Andrew McCoy; sister, Edith Rhodarmer and husband Bruce, of Jacksonville, FL; and brother, Bob Roberts and wife Hilda, of Houston, TX. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Larry Sprinkle and Danny Gasperson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of Peggy and Sheldon Lance. Flowers will be appreciated and accepted, or memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Broadcasting, 106.9 "The Light", P.O. Box 159, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

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  1. My family and I offer our sincere condolences during this most difficult time. even thought I did have the privilege of meeting Mr. Roberts in just reading about him I can tell that he was a good person who loved to help others. I to have lost loved ones in death. Dealing with the feelings you feel can be truly over whelming at times. I found comfort from Acts 24:15 where God speaks of there being a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. That verse gave me comfort in knowing that one day soon I can see my dear loved ones that have fallen asleep in death. That is a hope that God holds out for all of us. I hope these thoughts and scriptures bring some comfort.

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  2. Peggy, we send you and your family our love and prayers for peace! We knew your grandparents and mother far better than your father. Charlie Wright was my mother’s brother, and my sister (Pansy Freeman Sawyer) was a good friend to you mother when they were growing up in Western North Carolina. One of the last occasions that we had a good visit with Flora Mae was years ago when we went to visit Aunt Callie (spelling) in a nursing home where she lived because of her declining health and advancing dementia. We don’t have an address for you, and Bobbi Felmet let us know that your dad had died. So, we do hope that you see this note. My wife and I have not lived in North Carolina since the 1960s and we now live in a continuing care retirement home in Pensacola, Florida. We did get to North Carolina this year for a visit with our remaining family members and friends in Chapel Hill, Charlotte and Winston-
    Salem. I think i am running out of space. We know that you are relieved that your father is no longer suffering and is at peace. We hope you and your family are well. Donald M. Freeman, 1202 Azalea Trace, 10100 Hillview Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32514.

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