Robert (Bobby) Warren Roberts, age 84, passed peacefully of natural causes at home on October 1, 2020 while watching TV.
Bobby was the first baby born in Houston, Texas on January 1, 1936 to Robert Francis and Velma Elizabeth Rodden Roberts. At the age of 3 years, they moved to Alvarado where he grew up. After graduating from Alvarado High School in 1954 he worked at Dickies Clothing Co. in Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War serving from 1958 to 1960 and the Army National Guard from 1960 to 1964. After the military he began his railroad career with the Santa Fe Shops in Cleburne, Texas. He started Roberts Heating and Air Conditioning and became a successful business man. In the early 1990’s he returned to the Railroad Career as a machinist with AMTRAK in Fort Worth where he worked until his retirement in 2008.
As a citizen he was actively involved in numerous organizations. As member of the Alvarado Jaycees, along with John Percifield and other members started the tradition of decorating the plaza on the square each Christmas. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Shriners International – Moslah Temple, Legion of Honor in Fort Worth. From May 1987 to May 1990 he served as Mayor of Alvarado. He was politically astute when discussing politics. He also served as Building Inspector for Alvarado and Fort Worth.
During his 84 years of living he never met a challenge he couldn’t conquer. People would come to him for help with any problem and whether it was a manual or mental issue he was always willing to assist. He is known for saying, “If it is not done right the first time, how will you have time to fix it later.”
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Lois. Daughters Rachelle Whiteman (Kenneth) and Melanie Weber (John). Granddaughter Desiree’ Whiteman,
Grandsons Mason Weber, Hunter Weber, Austin Weber and spare grandson
Conner Kaloi. He will also be missed by extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital at
donate.lovetotherescue.org. or mail to: Shriners Hospitals for Children; 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl 33607 or by phone at 844-739-0849.
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