Joe Leonard Roberts
February 9, 1937 – May 19, 2020
JOE LEONARD ROBERTS
Joe Leonard Roberts, 83, of Kemp, Texas went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2020. Joe was born on February 9, 1937 on a farm to Huey Dowell Roberts and Ellen Parker Roberts in Nolanville, Texas. He was born to be a cowboy. The youngest of five boys and one sister. On Sunday evenings, the entertainment of the brothers was to take him to the lot, roll him a cigarette and put him on a calf and let him ride. His dad would take him to the lot to feed late every evening and put him on a big sow and let him ride until she would run into the fence and knock him off. At the age of 14 he began riding bulls and bareback horses. Joe went to school in Nolanville and Belton, Texas and his rodeo days lasted 22 years. He quit riding when he was 37. By then he had moved to Scurry and started play days with the kids. When Joe was 68 years old he was inducted into Bell County Cowboys and Cowgirls Ring of Honor for keeping the western lifestyle alive in Bell County. Then there was his love of dominoes. When he moved to Kemp, his alarm was set for 5:30 a.m. He went to Prairieville store every morning, but Sunday, to play dominoes. His biggest joy was getting to play partners with Monty. Joe had many illnesses in his life and would always pull out, but this time lung cancer got the best of him. He was a hardworking man and loved his family dearly. Joe was a member of the Kaufman Church of Christ. He loved going every Sunday and visiting with his brothers and sisters in Christ. Joe was an amazing man who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Joe is survived by the love of his life, Joyce French Roberts, whom he married in 1955 and shared 64 years of marriage, daughter Mona Delacerda Warren and husband Glenn of Frankston, Texas, son Monty Roberts and wife Tanya of Mabank, Texas, 4 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, brothers; Tom, Bill, Elmer and Reid, who are all deceased, 1 loving sister Ruth Whitmire of Lampasas, Texas, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends. A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com
- Huey Dowell Roberts and Ellen Parker Roberts, Parents (deceased)
- Joyce French Roberts, Beloved Wife
- Mona Delacerda Warren and Glenn, Daughter and Husband
- Monty Roberts and Tanya, Son and Wife
- Tom, Bill, Elmer and Reid, Brothers (deceased)
- Ruth Whitmire, Loving Sister
- Joe leaves behind his 4 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great- great grandchildren, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
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Friday, May 22, 2020
Joe Leonard Roberts
May 22, 2020
Joe and Joy were great friends to my parents (James and Mary Katherine Whitis ). We were sorry to see them leave Nolanville. Joe was a great help when my father had to medically retire very early. Dad always enjoyed getting together with Joe and his family and be around horses and rodeos. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Mom would have loved to have been there but she is not physically able to make the drive.
May 21, 2020
I met Joe in the summer of 1954. My friend Joyce French was dating him, her Mother would not allow her to date unless it was with another couple! She asked if I would go on a double date with her & Joe. She said Joe knew some nice young men & he would bring someone for me to go with - 'a blind date'! I agreed only because Joyce was my friend! The guy he brought was the most rude person I had ever met !! Joe felt so bad & apologized , said he would make up for it ! Joyce asked me to go with them again - on a blind date! I wasn't sure about going again, but so she could be with Joe I went! He introduced me to the man I married almost 65 years ago!