November 18, 2005
Funeral for Allie Roberts, 87, was Monday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Elder officiating.
Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 19, 1917, in Morgan County to Milton Allie Roberts and Cora Daniel Roberts. He lived in the Neel community for most of his life with the exception of living in Michigan between 1953 and 1958. He was a resident of Summerford Nursing Home at the time of his death.
He was a farmer, a factory worker and house painter. He worked many years at Summerford Nursing Home, from which he retired, but continued to paint houses well into his 70s. He loved his family, gardening and music, especially Southern gospel and Western music. He was an accomplished guitar player and enjoyed attending and participating in gospel singings. He loved to play and sing hymns and Western ballads for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Walden Chapel Baptist Church but had also attended several other churches during his life and felt at home in any house of God.
Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Estelle McCormick; his parents; a brother, Ernest Roberts; and two sisters, Irene Christian and Essie Lauderdale.
He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Roberts Lane and husband Pat of Danville and Pat Roberts Hampton and husband Gary of Orange Beach; four grandchildren, Nikki Halbrooks Curtis; Mandi Halbrooks George and husband Jimmy, Monica Lane Doherty and husband Jim and Mark Lane and wife Belinda; eight great-grandchildren, Haley Curtis, Abby, Levi, Gracie and Cal George, Ryan Noe and Morgan and Patrick Doherty; two nieces, Hilda Long Champion and Doris Long Rigel; three sisters-in-law, Gladys McCormick Christian, Hazel McCormick Parker and Betty Cox McCormick. He also leaves four nephews and five nieces of his wife, Estelle, whom he loved as his own.
Pallbearers were Ronald McCormick, David Christian, Jimmy George, Jim Doherty, J.W. Franklin and Dee Saab.