Bro. Bill Roberts went home to be with the Lord on January 17, 2018. He was 93 years old.
He was the son of William B. Roberts and Rosie Mary Abbott Roberts.
He was born on March 2, 1924 in New Castle, Ind., he was one of eight children.
He had four brothers and three sisters.
A little later his family moved back to Spann Hill, Ky. Bill loved Kentucky and all the hills and springs.
Little Bill was raised in Wayne County where he married his wife Juanita Hicks on January 19, 1946. They moved to Illinois in 1949.
After 67 years of marriage his wife, Jaunita preceded him in death.
Also preceding him in death was daughtersShirley Carol, Wanda
Shirlene, and Brenda Kay.
Surviving is his sonTim Roberts and wife Susan; daughterDebbie Ann Roberts; four grandchildrenAndy Roberts and wife Missy, Jennifer Roberts Castro, Brenda Torrence and husband Kody, William Roberts, Aric Mueller; seven great-grandchildrenHaylee Roberts, Oscar Castro, James, Aedan and Grayson Torrence, Trevor and Remington Roberts.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was stationed on a large repair ship anchored in the Philippine
He was also an extremely talented musician, singer and songwriter.
He loved singing and playing his guitar.
He recorded four gospel albums and three country records.
Brother Roberts was called to Crystal Springs to pastor Faith
Baptist Church in March of 1976. He pastored there for four years.
He then started Grace Bible Mission in 1986.
He delivered papers for the Clarion Ledger for five years and had other jobs in Crystal Springs.
The Roberts family owned Trinity Cafe for 28 years in Crystal
Springs; a well known eatery where Bro. Bill could be found most
He would cook you a burger, sing you a song, or tell you a story of his interesting life.
Bro. Bill loved his family, his friends, his country, and his dogs.
Most of all he loved his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
If you were around him very long he was going to tell you how much Jesus loves you.
Bro. Bill was taken back to his beloved Spann Hill, Ky. to be
buried next to his wife in the church cemetery.
Published on January 30, 2018