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Anita J. Roberts

January 22, 1949November 4, 2019
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Anita Johnson Roberts is the third girl born to Sherman H. Johnson, Jr & Luella Fairfax on January 22, 1949.  Her childhood education was accomplished at Slater, Lena Jean Campbell, Luther Judson Price High where she received numerous awards and was on the (highest honor roll). In 1966 she transferred to Charles L. Harper High School where she continued to excel and was on the Senior Honor Roll.  After High School, she matriculated at the following Schools: Atlanta Technical School, Georgia Military College, Clayton State University, St. Leo University and Clayton State College where she received degrees in both Accounting, and Business Administration and received several Honors and Certificates. Anita was first employed at VA Medical Center from 1969-1990. She was the first black woman in almost every department. She was presented with numerous awards and was the liaison for the VA District Counsel which was the most enjoyable position she had.  In that position she transcribed the doctor’s notes, took depositions and made numerous appearances in court as the medical records librarian.  In 1990 she transferred to FAA as an Accounting Manager in the Payroll Division where she oversaw eight women and one man. She received many awards for Excellence in training her Technicians during her 17 years of employment there. She retired her position in 2007.

Anita rejoined the Seventh Day Adventist Church (West End) on April 29, 2006. Everyone knows that Anita loved to sing and she joined the Rose of Sharon Choir, She also became a member of a Special Group that was formed called “Majestically Chosen” in which sang throughout Atlanta, GA.

Anita leaves to mourn in these trying times: Her loving husband Leroy Roberts of 46 years, Two Beautiful children who she adored and loved. Stacie Nicole Roberts-Mathis (Lawrence) and Leroy “Robbie” Shermaine Roberts (Ronica). Her mother Luella Fairfax Johnson, her father Sherman H. Johnson, Jr. who proceeded her in death. Her Two Sisters Gwendolyn Jean Shy (Willie), Shirley Ann Nelson (Richard); Granddaughters - Britney Monique Odom, Sydnee Michelle Mathis, Ajonique Mathis; Grandsons - Nathan Terrell Roberts, Lawrence Mathis, Jr.; Great-Granddaughters - Kalani Ava Simpson & Au’brie Mathis; In-Laws Willie James Roberts, Gwen Hart-Scott, Bo Hart (Pamela) & Vivian Oliver (George); Her Three nieces who were just like her own children: Tresa Lynette Clark (Johnny), Karen Denise Adams, Deana Renee Thomas and a Host of other Nieces, Nephews and Friends who all loved her very much.

Anita really loved the lord. She was loved so much and will be greatly missed.


  • Viewing Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, November 8, 2019


Anita J. Roberts

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To God be the glory you were so special as my youngest sister. You were endowed with strength and a strong will from evidently from above. The courage you exemplified over the past 12 yrs was immeausurable Shy

November 9, 2019

TO GOD BE THE GLORY I miss our daily conversations. You were such a bulwark a wall of strength for all your family and friends. It's been a wonderful and unique opportunity to have known you as my "baby sister, a confidant, a sister in Christ as well as a lover of humanity" Your generosity of self has exemplified many characteristics of Christ while leading the way for your family and friends.
Your witness and life has convinced other as to how to live a "Holy Life"
I am looking forward to seeing you again real soon as we hold hands looking into the face of a Loving Savior.
Take your rest in the arms of Jesus.
I love you!!😚

Karen Adams

November 7, 2019

I can't describe how special my auntie is to this family. I took pleasure hearing her retell events from my child hood when prepared bottles she rocked me on her knees as an infant as a teen. She gave me the gift of discovering books and keeping a library as she was an avid reader. She often wrote poetry that she sometimes share with me. She would listen as I retold the ancestral discoveries I made with enthusiasm and encouraging words to continue the quest. These last few weeks have been a living testimony of her love as we witnessed courage, acceptance and devotion to family. Thank you, Aunt Nita, take your rest with the ancestors. Your loving niece, Karen

Deana Thomas

November 7, 2019

I love you Auntie. You fought such a strong battle(selflessly more for your family than yourself) and for that I will be forever grateful to you. Seeing you fight in your last days gave me courage and strength that I never knew I had. Because of you and your constant encouragement of your family to become not only closer to each other to the Lord I am now on a new journey and I know you will be very pleased and proud. Again I love you!!!!!

LaVerne Knight

November 7, 2019

Aunt Nita always had great energy and a wonderful, genuine, personality. She will be greatly missed!

Rest in Power, Aunt Nita, while being in the presence of the Lord!

Peace & Blessings,

Arthur & LaVerne Knight

Tresa Clark

November 6, 2019

My Auntie Nita

Life is too short.
It's not enough,
but we must understand
that if we live it in love and faith,
a road will be made
for the day we pass away.
We can take it
and wait at the end.
for those who once and always loved me,
I will meet.

Your beautiful eyes,
so big and round,
showed love,
showed laughter,
showed happiness,
showed sadness,
but we will remember you as the happy, beautiful women you were,
the one who once cried for love,
the one who once laughed.
I love you, my dear.
We will miss you,
but please wait.
We will meet once again
in the kingdom of heaven
where no pain we will feel.


Love you Always,

Your Special Niece...Tresa

Nina Myers

November 6, 2019


For my Dearest Friend Anita
I would like to send my condolences to the family of Anita Roberts. It is with great sadness that I am unable to attend and I am honored that the family has asked me to write an acknowledgement of Anita and the importance she played in my life.
For anyone who doesn’t know me, Anita was my best friend, sister, travel buddy, and my biggest supporter. I would like to share a couple of stories about Anita that you, as family and friends, may not know.
I met Anita almost 30 years ago when I started working at the Federal Aviation Administration. Anita was assigned to the cubicle next to mine for the first few years of our friendship. She was soon promoted to supervisor, and of course she was my supervisor. The one thing that I admired most about Anita was the ability to keep our friendship and work separate. We never allowed our working environment to change what we had as friends. Sometimes I think she was even harder on me when it came to work assignments. Thanks to that I am grateful because she made me better and stronger than I could ever imagine.
Anita and I would often have long conversations regarding our family, especially our children. I felt Anita was as much a part of my family as I felt I belonged to hers. “Yes, ..Stacie, ..Robbie, I’m not sure you realize how well I know you.” It was all good, and Anita knew my boys just as well, all the way through birth, grade school, fights, graduations, marriages and grandchildren. Yes, we shared it all. Her conversations will be truly missed, because we trusted each other to know that our stories would go no further than each other. We often talked about our health concerns, feelings and asked each other “how should I handle this situation.’ This type of trust from a lifelong friend is precious and sometimes hard to find and it will be missed. I felt so blessed to know that she was my friend. At my lowest moment Anita was the one who came to help me. She gave my second son his nick-name “Tre”. She supported some of my life choices and encouraged me to go further. Even when I moved to Chicago our friendship did not falter, in some way I believe it got stronger.
I remember when we went on our second cruise together, “you know sometimes the girl-trips are a great way to keep a happy family.” On this trip Anita had been going to dialysis for a while and she was unsure if a cruise was possible, however, with great planning and determination we drove to the cruise port from Atlanta and we scheduled a dialysis stop on the way. This particular Dialysis Center was not quite as efficient as Anita was accustomed to and she did not spare the words to express how she regarded their slow services. We made the cruise with minutes to spare before the ship departed. This just goes to show how strong willed, and determined Anita was. She did not let anything stop her from doing what she really wanted to do. It was good to see her so happy on this trip and I will always remember our many excursions.
The impact of a true friend upon your life is something that words can never fully express and something that your heart can never fully measure.
I would like to take a moment to thank the family and especially Leroy, Stacie and Robbie for sharing Anita with me. She was a beautiful and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and most importantly friend. She loved you all so much and her main concern was the need to know her family would be okay after she is gone.
In closing I would like quote:
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

With Deepest Sympathy
Nina Myers

Deborah Reutter

November 6, 2019

My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.

Sue Schoenthaler

November 5, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. I am unable to attend the services. My prayers go out to your family.