Robert F. 'Bob' Roberts
Robert F. “Bob” Roberts, 76, of Benton died Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob was born Aug., 15, 1937, to the late Paul Best and Willie Mae Moore Roberts of Beebe. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force.
He graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas) with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.
He retired from Sterling Paint as technical director and vice president after 30 years of service. Bob loved to travel and fish. He spent the majority of his years after retirement fishing at Brady Mountain on Lake Ouachita, spending time with his family and traveling. He was a faithful member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Benton.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Purdy Roberts; three children, Jenny (Michael) Badley, Paul (Lacey) Roberts, and Niki (Harvey) Kilburn of East End; two stepchildren, Patti (Mark) Bryant and Michael (DeDee) Edmison of Benton; 14 grandchildren, Jake Wilkerson, Heath Wilkerson, Michael Ray Badley, Brad Roberts, Blake Roberts, Hannah Kilburn, Abby Kilburn, Callie Kilburn, Sarah Bryant, Jessa Bryant, Megan Edmison (Aurelio) Gomez, Justin Edmison, Jason Edmison, and Sydney Edmison; great-grandchildren, Bradyn Wilkerson, Brycen Wilkerson, and Emily Gomez, as well as many other family members and friends who loved Bob and will miss him always.
Funeral service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Terry Parrish and Brother Paul Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers are Jake Wilkerson, Heath Wilkerson, Michael Ray Badley, Brad Roberts, Blake Roberts, Justin Edmison and Jason Edmison. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Melton, Earl Kirk, Julian Moore, Jim Roberts, Jerry Roberts, and Justin Davis.
A reception visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Smith Family Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St. in Benton (501-778-7100). Memorials may be made to Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 19200 Interstate 30, Benton, AR 72019; East Union Missionary Baptist Church,20422 N. Springlake, Hensley, AR 72065; or Arkansas Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association at P.O. Box 22445, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Family comments: The family wishes to thank Justin Davis for his years of service and caregiving to Bob. They also thank Myra Baldwin, his caregiver.