Bobby Gene Roberts, 82, Route 5 West, Glenville, (Lower Cedar Creek Community), departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at his residence, surrounded by family and friends following an extended illness.
Born Feb. 25, 1931 in Pike County, Ky., son of the late Sam and Madge Bell Roberts.
Bobby Gene was a farmer all his life, he also had a sawmill, and timber service. He retired from the W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture, in the Animal Health Division, with 23 1/2 years of service, and ran the Roberts Riding Stable for over 10 years. Bobby Gene loved to play music and played at the West Virginia Folk Festival for over 40 years. He was also a Methodist by faith.
On Oct. 30, 1993 he was united in marriage to Ruth Barnett, who survives at their Route 5 home.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff Roberts and wife Robin of Glenville, W.Va., and Carl Roberts of Glenville; three step-daughters, Jeanne Richards and husband Earnest of Lockney, W.Va., Jenny Starcher of Glenville and Barbara Smith of Glenville; and two brothers, Reggie Roberts and wife Rose of Glenville and John Paul Roberts and wife Doris "Mug" of Glenville. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Bobby Gene was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Madge Bell Roberts.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, with Rev. Joe Sealey and Rev. Phil Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery, Route 5 west of Glenville at the mouth of Holts Run Road. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Mortuary.
Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Bobby Gene Roberts with arrangements.