Buddy Roberts, 87, of Union City went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at his home in Union City.
A celebration of life will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Carroll, Dr. Cecil Sewell, the Rev. Hugh Barksdale and the Rev. Rick Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at White-Ranson Funeral Home and from noon until hour of services Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Baker, Mike Phipps, Todd Phipps, Jason Jennings, John David Roberts, Jacob Roberts, Julie Bounds and Ericka Roberts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Marlene Ring, William and Shirley Reese, Terry and Phillis Cooper, Joe and Suzette Ams and the Charles Roberts Sunday School class of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
The family requests memorials be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or First Baptist Church in Union City.
He was born Dec. 19, 1930, to the late Herman D. Roberts and Cammie Sales Jones Roberts. He worked with his father on the family dairy farm until 1992 with his retirement from farming.
He was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
He was introduced to Catherine Ann Ams through vocal lessons with Mrs. J.D. Carlton. She was a matchmaker and put the two red head singers together as a singing duo.
Buddy and Catherine made their duo permanent and married on June 26, 1955. They sang together at countless church services, revivals, weddings and funerals throughout their lives together.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine Ams Roberts; his daughter, Linda Morris of Hilliard, Fla.; his sons, Chuck and Judy Roberts of Mansfield, Texas, and Rick and Mary Roberts of Union City; four grandchildren, John David and Lizeth Roberts of Kennedale, Texas, Julie and Travis Bounds of Midlothian, Texas, and Ericka Roberts and Jacob Roberts of Union City; and four great-grandchildren, Riley Roberts, Jude, Maisy and Luke Bounds; special children, Bobby and Regina Vinson; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Roberts and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Charles Roberts.
His life was a living testimony reflecting the love of his Lord, the benefits of an enduring positive attitude and a true servant’s heart.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.