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John Roberts

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 9, 2013

John Roberts

John Roberts

A memorial service for John Richard “Ricky” Roberts, 61, was held Jan. 7, 2013, with pastors Paul McKinney, Gary Andrews and Jim Norcross officiating at the First Baptist Church of Eustace. The memorial included an honor guard from the State of Texas Law Enforcement Association and a flag ceremony presented by the Henderson County Peace Officers Association, under the direction of Major Botie Hillhouse and Gun Barrel City Police Chief Damon Boswell. Longtime friend Chuck Harley and Wayne Jones also spoke.
Roberts was born Oct. 1, 1951, to Iris Joyce (Cornelison) and Clyde Leon Roberts in Balch Springs. He died Nov. 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, after being recognized the longest living patient on the protocol to fight colon-liver-lung combination cancer, which included an experimental chemotherapy regime.
Roberts served as the police chief in Gun Barrel City in the 1980s, having started on the force in November 1981, and as chief from January 1982, to September, 1985.
He will be memorialized for his contribution to cancer research through the Life Legacy Foundation in Tucson, Ariz.
He and his wife, Sandy, saw much of the explosive growth that took place in Cedar Creek Lake. After retiring from the police force, he operated several successful businesses. Ricky’s life was an adventure and he made it so for his family.
He enjoyed many diverse hobbies including horseback riding, amateur radio operations, teaching percussion to a drum line, and gardening. He loved to travel to the ocean and gaze out over the blue water. His life was spent in the service of others.
He even turned his last three years with terminal cancer into an adventure, settling in Round Rock to be near his daughter, and growing deep relationships with other cancer patients as well as the staff at Texas Oncology.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Clyde Leon Roberts Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Usleton Roberts, daughter Ashley Roberts and husband Carl Coursen, all of Round Rock; granddaughter Destiny Scarbough; brothers James Dale Roberts and wife Bobby and Clyde Wayne Roberts and wife Rosey, all of Gun Barrel City; sisters Carla McDonald and husband John and Janenne Henexson and husband Gary, all of Gun Barrel City; nephews John and Dylan McDonald, Clyde Wayne Roberts Jr. and wife Jamie of Adelanto, Calif.; nieces Crystal Roberts Landroop of Crossroads and her daughters Kelsey, Kiley and Molinda, and Amanda Roberts Wheeler of Payne Springs and her children Matthew and Morgan; aunt and uncle Betty and John Cornelison of Gun Barrel City, many other family members and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Wheeler, Dylan McDonald, Alex Grensberg, Michael Grensberg, Alan Scarbough, Carl Coursen and Tim Anderson.

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