Kenneth James Roberds

May 14, 1947March 22, 2011

Kenneth James Roberds, 63, of Fort Smith, died March 22, 2011 in Fort Smith. He was born May 14, 1947 to Russell Roberds and Velma Lillie Mae Jones Roberds Hicks. He was an employee of Hot Shot Courier Service but he had served as an employee for the City of Fort Smith, Fort Smith Regional Airport, and Bost Human Development. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and was a Classic Car Enthusiast. He was also an active member of the NRA and the Eagles.

He is survived by two daughters, Melanie and husband Chuck Ballard of Greenwood and Stephanie and husband Jay Haynes of Little Rock; one step daughter, Laina Jennings of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, his ex-wife Donna Roberds of the home; and lots of close friends that he considered “Family”. He was preceded in death by his parents Russell Roberds and Velma Roberds Hicks and step father Luther Hicks.

Funeral service will be Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the U.S. National Cemetery all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home

Pallbearers will be Jim Cassidy, Chuck Ballard, Gary McKinney, Mitchell Minor, Lonnie Hurt, and Eric Watkins.

The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home Sunday from 2-4 PM.

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  • Funeral Service Monday, March 28, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Thurman Bramlett

April 17, 2017

Melanie I find myself returning here and looking through the photos of Kenny again . At one time I had family photos of us all together that had you Kenny, Velma, Luther all in the pictures. When moma died Glendales wife Brenda took all of the family photos that moma had so I don't have any family photos. But that's okay because I tons of fond memories of Kenny, Velma, and Luther that nobody can take away. They were very dear to me and I miss them alot.

Your Uncle Thurman


March 22, 2017

Today it makes another year without you dad. Think of you and miss you daily.

Your daughter Melanie

May 15, 2016

Remembering you today and every day. It's your birthday and I miss you so much. Wish you were here with us so you could see your beautiful grandbabies. I love you dad.

Your daughter, Melanie

June 21, 2015

Awake this morning of Father's Day and wishing you were here to enjoy it. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss you with all my heart. I love you dad. Happy Father's Day. You are not physically here with me this Father's Day but you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Miss you so much.

Melanie your daughter who misses you so much

May 19, 2014

Days keep going by and it still hurts like you just left. This week was your birthday and can't help to think about what we might be doing if you were here. We all miss you so much, yet I feel your presence with me daily. I am looking forward to that fishing trip you promised me in the hospital the night before you passed. I love you dad and will see you, Nana and Papa soon.

Paul Minor

May 15, 2013

After time has passed I still catch myself smiling and thinking about all the crazy fishing trips we took.I will always consider him true friend. To Donna, Melanie & Stephine your husband and dad will always be remembered by me.I am sure he is one of the best people I've ever known

Melanie Roberds-Ballard

May 14, 2013

It's his birthday today...2 years after he's been gone. Still hurts like it happened today. A day doesn't go by without thinking of him. He is in my heart and always will be. I love you dad and will see you in heaven soon.

Donna Roberds

March 23, 2013

It's been 2 years now and I still can't believe Kenny is gone. It has been harder than I ever thought possible without him in my life. He has been part of my life for 30 years and I am just lost without him. He did so much for me and was so much fun. I'm glad I moved back in with him the last few years before he passed away. Wish it could have been for a lot longer....

I miss him terribly every day. I thought it would get easier but it hasn't. Life is so empty without him.

Thurman Bramlett

April 30, 2012


I can not begin to tell you how bad i felt when i herd about Kenny. He was more than just a brother-in-law to me. I miss him alot and find myself reading this obituray, looking at his pictures from time to time even though it has been over a year now that he passed away. I tried to contact you Melanie but you never returned my call. I don't know how to get ahold of you Stephanie. If either one of you somehow see this I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 1-479-647-0408. Kenny, Velma, Luther were real close family to me. I miss them all and think about them all of the time. I went down to the cemetary and visited their graves. I really miss them. I saw where Donna kept this guest book open until 2013 so maybe before it is closed out one or both of you will get this message and give me a call. Your Uncle Thurman Bramlett.

Paul Minor

March 29, 2011

Ken was a person that considered
a true friend. I will always remember the trips we took and all
the strange things we had happen to us on these trips.I will always remember my friend Ken.
Your buddy Paul