John Harvey Roberts Sr. 87, of Sparta, TN, passed away August 19,2019. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his children.
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Mr. Roberts was born August 22, 1931, in Sparta, TN to the late Homer Whitley Roberts and Bessie Mary Jane Baker Roberts. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 46 years, Nelda Jean Hickey Roberts; Granddaughter, Danielle Nicole Ransom; Son, Michael Allen Roberts; Brothers, Homer Whitley Jr., Charles Thomas, Wilfred Terry, Herman Clay, Clarence Vaughn, Larry Dean, and Joseph Michael; Sisters, Arrie Mae Jernigan, Hazel Venola Roberts and Wanda Louise McGhee.
Survivors include one son John Harvey Roberts Jr. and Wife Ava of Nashville, TN; two daughters Sheryl Ann Ransom and husband Danny of Cookeville, TN, Sharon England of Sparta, TN; Brothers, Homer Ray Roberts and wife Cathie, Fred Rascoe Roberts and wife Bonnie, James Mulcay Roberts and Willard Oliver Roberts; Sisters, Wilma Jeanne Kirby, Opal Virginia Williams, Mary Frances Whitley and husband Harlan; Grandson Daniel Ryan Ransom of Cookeville, TN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Mr. Roberts was a much beloved educator who influenced the careers of many students during his 34 plus years of teaching. He began his teaching career at Copper Basin High School (Copperhill, TN) in 1958. He went to Troy State College (Troy, Ala) in 1962 to be a principal and teacher. He began teaching 8th grade math at White County Junior High in the fall of 1972 moving to White County High School in the fall of 1978 where he taught Chemistry, Physics and Advance Mathematics until his retirement in 1992.
Mr. Roberts attended West Sparta Church of Christ. He was a faithful Christian who loved to send biblical “challenges” to preacher and friend, Derrick Coble and his dear Christian friend Jeff Turner. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a medic during the Korean War.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 10:00 am at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with burial to follow at Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday August 23, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
Pall Bearers include: Ryan Ransom, Rob Whitley, Michael Whitley, David Hickey, Chris Hickey, Hunter Hickey and Jeff Roberts.
Honorary Pall Bearers: Brothers, Danny Ransom, Harlan Whitley and Harold Hickey.
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