Robert Franklin Roberts I - October 31, 2011

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RAVENA Ė Robert Franklin Roberts I, 80, of Ravena, died suddenly on October 31, 2011. Mr. Roberts was born in Spindale, NC to the late Ocie Roberts Young and James Calvin Goode. He graduated from the Spindale local school system, attended the North Carolina A & T University Pre-med program and he later enlisted in the US Air Force, serving during the Korean War.
Mr. Roberts migrated to New York State, and completed a sociology certificate at Mercy College. He served faithfully for 27 years as a NYS Correctional Officer at the Ossining Correction Facility (Sing-Sing) and he retried at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility.
Robert was united in marriage to Juanita Murchison Roberts. To this union two children were born, the late Robert F. Roberts, II and Dorothea L. Roberts of NY, NY. Additionally he leaves to mourn: two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts (Gary-deceased), of Spindale, NC and Mrs. Annie Lucille Gantt (Leroy) of Charlotte, NC; a beloved nephew, Mr. Johnny Hopkins of Spindale, NC; a beloved cousin, Mr. Andrew Irving (Georgette) of Richmond, VA; two dear friends, Mr. Gene Dixon of Coxsackie, NY and Evangelos Gouvakis of Buffalo, NY; and a host of relatives and friends.
Mr. Roberts accepted God at an early age and he joined the Wells Spring United Methodist Church in Forest City, NC. He has been an active member of Mt. Tabor A.M.E Zion Church in Catskill, NY for many years. At Mt. Tabor, he served as Pastorís Steward and the Chairmen of the Annual Menís Day Celebration. He was also a member of the Steward Board, Trustee Board, Finance Committee and Male Chorus.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011, 11 AM at the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church, Catskill, with the Rev. C. Anthony Hopkins officiating. Visiting hours at the church will be from 9 am to 11 am, prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grove Cemetery, Coeymans. An open reception will follow at the V.F.W. Hall, 12 Whitbeck St., Ravena.