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Obituary for Mary Francis Roberts

Mary Francis Roberts passed peacefully from this life on May 26, 2022, surrounded by the ones whom she loved the most in the world; her four adoring children.

Mrs. Roberts was born December 31, 1926. She married her sweetheart, John (JD) in 1945 and became a loving mother to four children. Mrs. Roberts was always a hard worker and did everything with her family in mind. She was a dedicated employee for over 25 years before retiring from Mallory Timers in Sparta, Tennessee in April 1989 to begin her "lady of leisure" career. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, shopping and driving Mrs. Bruce to the beauty parlor every week to get their hair "done", then always stopping at Hardees for a biscuit on their way home. She was a member of Wilhite Baptist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee where she was loved by many special friends.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by her children; Brenda Wilhite (Joe Nabors) of Baxter, Sue (James) Trobaugh of Baxter, Charlotte (Michael) Meadows of Hiram, Georgia, and Jerry (Robin) Roberts of Kingston, Tennessee, ten grandchildren and their spouses; Johnny Baker, Tammy (Brian) Anderson, Teri (Michael) Haney, Tisha (Joshua) Snyder, Heather (Carl) Brimer, Melody Richards, Brian (Jill) Meadows, Amy (late, Todd Duke), and Christi (Andy) Dorsey, Virginia Bennett of Kingston; 22 great-grandchildren; and 13 great great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a very special friend, neighbour, and caregiver, Mr. Everett Bruce, along with a host of family and friends.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, John Dewey Roberts, mother - Katie Wynett Fowler, father- John P. Fowler, step-mother - Vernie Fowler, brothers - John & Gene Fowler, sister - Jessie Fowler all of Sparta, a special grandson, Todd Duke of Georgia, and her best friend, Mrs. Gladys Bruce, also of Sparta.

Funeral services for Mrs. Roberts will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Tim Miles and Josh Sherman officiating. Burial will follow in Roberts Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 11:00 AM until time of the services at the funeral home.

Pallbearers to serve: Andy Dorsey, Andy Elkins, Seth Greenwood, Michael Haney, Brian Meadows, and Joshua Snyder.

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