Robert L. Roberts, age 95, of Gadsden, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 21, 2003.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 25, 2003 at Collier Butler Chapel
.The Rev. Michael Howell officiated.Burial was in Forrest Cemetery.Collier Butler Funeral Home directed.Mr. Roberts
was a native of Kalida, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio Northern University
.He received degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, using his skills as a Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor registered in both Ohio and Alabama.
held a General Contractor's license in the state of Alabama. Bob Roberts was a member and an Elder of Eastside Presbyterian Church.He
believed in using the talent God gives us to help our fellow man and delighted in giving his
time in building and helping local churches, particularly when and where problems arose.As a Consulting Engineer, he
enjoyed a challenge of his
expertise for Blacks and Whites alike, quite often without charging for his
was a Past Master of Procterville Masonic Lodge #505 in Procterville, Ohio.He was a member of Gadsden Home Builders Association, Alabama Society of Registered Civil Engineers and Alabama Society of Registered Surveyors.Mr. Roberts
was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in Panama, Ecuador, England and Guam.It was on Guam that he
built the largest floating drydock in the world at that time.Further, he was largely responsible for establishing the Seabees as part of the Navy and also responsible for developing the pontoons used in the Invasion of Normandy.He
retired with the rank of Navy Commander.Mr. Roberts
was preceded in death by his daughter: Cynthia R. Taylor; his parents, two brothers and a sister.
has made Gadsden his home for approximately forty-eight years and is survived by his beloved wife of forty-three years: Mary Perdue Roberts; his son: Robert Heber (Martha) Roberts; five grandsons: Robert, John, Scott and Dan Roberts and Charles Taylor; three granddaughters: Mrs. Donna Gettys, Mrs. Libby Caudill, Marilyn McCord; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; the only surviving member of his immediate family, his brother: Raymond Roberts; and numerous nieces and nephews.