Baker Roberts, Jr. (1946-2019)

   Funeral services for Mr. Baker Roberts, Jr., 73, of Carthage, will be held January 26, 2019 at 12 noon at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 2560 CR 302, in Carthage, TX 75633 under the direction of Allen Dave Funeral Home and Crematorium. Viewing will be held from 10 am to noon at the church just prior to the start of service. Interment will be held at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

   Mr. Roberts died January 19, 2019 at the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler. He was born January 9, 1946, in the Walnut Grove Community in Carthage to the late Baker and Thelma Hicks Roberts, the eighth of 11 children. He united with Walnut Grove Baptist Church at an early age. He received his early education from Walnut Grove School and Turner High School (1964 graduate) in Carthage. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army on September 30, 1966. He served in South Korea on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as a Medical Specialist. While in the military, he earned a National Defense Service Medal and served as an expert marksman. He earned an associate’s degree from Panola College in biology. In 1972, he received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned a master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1977. He taught for two years as a biology teacher for Carthage ISD from 1975-1977. He worked for many years for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO).

  Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, George A. Roberts and Osfra Dean Roberts and sister Paneltha Roberts Brown.
   He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer T. Edwards (Anthony) and granddaughter Madison Elizabeth Edwards of Granbury; brothers, Rayford Roberts of Carthage, Roy Roberts (Barbara) of Farmingdale, NY, Rev. Kirthell Roberts (Gwen) of Mount Pleasant; sisters Cleotha Brewster of Round Rock, Florida King (Raymond) of Carthage, Annie Webb (Robert) of Kempner, Debra Wade (Glen) of Carthage; sister-in-law, Mary Roberts of Hempstead; brother-in-law William Brown of Longview as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.