OBITUARY

Billy Lee Roberts

May 28, 1933January 29, 2019

Billy Lee Roberts, 85, of Marlin passed away at home surrounded by his loving family and devoted wife Mary Ann on January 29, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marlin with Rev. Ron Feather officiating, assisted by Deacon Julian Tyboroski. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery will immediately follow. The family will receive visitors at Adams Funeral Home Friday, February 1st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Wake Service.

Billy was born May 28, 1933, in Chilton, Texas, to parents Talmadge and Allie Mae (Nelson) Roberts. He attended Chilton schools and graduated in 1950. During high school he participated in many sports. From 1951-55 he proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Carpenter DDE825 and took part in Operation Ivy, the first successful test of the country’s first hydrogen bomb. After returning from the Korean War Billy went to work as a deputy for the Falls County Sheriff’s Department where he was bestowed with the nickname “Mr. Big Hat”. He later became a policeman for the City of Marlin before leaving law enforcement to work for the city’s water works department. He also served as the city’s Public Works Director and retired from the city in 1992.

While working for the sheriff’s department Billy met Mary Ann Benke, who was working in the county clerk’s office. They were married on April 7, 1957. Billy and Mary Ann had five children, all of whom Billy was very proud.

Billy enjoyed gardening and sharing the fruits of his labor with friends and family. He also loved family birthday celebrations, fishing and camp-outs at the Brazos River, making wood crafts in his shop and barbequing. Most of all, Billy loved spending time with his cherished grandchildren, with whom he took many trips to Galveston, Six Flags Holiday in the Park and Glen Rose.

He served as a volunteer fireman with the Marlin VFD in its early years, was an active member of the local DAV chapter and Knights of Columbus, and was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marlin where he served in various ministries until failing health rendered him unable to continue. Billy was preceded in death by his father, Talmadge Witt Roberts; mother, Allie Mae Roberts; and sister, Ernestine Scott of Temple. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; their children, Patricia Dingrando and husband Frankie; Eddie Roberts; Nelson Roberts and wife Gina; Barbara Sharp and husband Steve; and Mike Roberts and wife Jennifer. Billy is also survived by his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Lindsy Mortimer and daughters Caisley Goeke and Cortney Goeke; Mandy Shelton and husband Scott and their daughter Addie; Stephanie Thurman and husband Brent; Aaron Roberts; Mattie Duval; Alli Roberts; Wesley Sharp; Jeffrey Sharp; Amanda Neumann and son Peyton Hensley; and Daisy Metcalf and husband Brad and their children Abigail and Clayton. He is also survived by a sister, June Salsberry of Harker Heights, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. David Fedro and his staff, the staff at Standards Home Health and Hospice Care and our Visiting Angel, Lou Ella, for their excellent and kind care of Billy.

Flowers are appreciated as well as memorial donations to the Marlin Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you, Billy, for your military service. God Bless America!

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Billy Roberts was preceded in death by his father, Talmadge Witt Roberts; mother, Allie Mae Roberts; and sister, Ernestine Scott of Temple.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; their children, Patricia Dingrando and husband Frankie; Eddie Roberts; Nelson Roberts and wife Gina; Barbara Sharp and husband Steve; and Mike Roberts and wife Jennifer. Billy is also survived by his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Lindsy Mortimer and daughters Caisley Goeke and Cortney Goeke; Mandy Shelton and husband Scott and their daughter Addie; Stephanie Thurman and husband Brent; Aaron Roberts; Mattie Duval; Alli Roberts; Wesley Sharp; Jeffrey Sharp; Amanda Neumann and son Peyton Hensley; and Daisy Metcalf and husband Brad and their children Abigail and Clayton. He is also survived by a sister, June Salsberry of Harker Heights, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Aaron Roberts
  • Scott Shelton
  • Brent Thurman
  • Brad Metcalf
  • Peyton Hensley
  • Vince Margoitta
  • DONATIONS

  • Marlin Volunteer Fire Department

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Knight of Columbus Wake Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Billy Lee Roberts

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A W Radle

February 3, 2019

Dear Mary Ann, Patricia, Eddie, Nelson, Barbara, & Mike …..
This has to be a very sad day in your lives even though you knew it was coming. Your dad and I go back a long way (high school). He was quite an athlete and played all sports and I admired him for it. Then a few years later I came along and he rooted for me to succeed (for a small school we did have some pretty good teams back then). My health has deteriorated so I don't get to travel much any more. I had not seen Billy in the last few years and I was not able to attend his services due to my personal health problems. I hope all of you know how much Billy was liked and respected in the central Texas area. I have such fond memories of playing my guitar along with his mom playing the piano. We used to "knock 'em out" at the annual "Old Settlers Reunion" over at Tomlinson Hill. I'll always remember Ms Allie Mae playing the "12th Street Rag" which was a favorite of everyone. Billy and James Chandler were major parts of my sports playing days at Chilton. They really helped mold us kids into pretty fair athletes. I'm hopeful that Billy can now rest in peace and I pray the good Lord will let the perpetual light shine on his soul. I loved Billy and I love all of you. Good luck and may God bless you always.
A W Radle

Carolyn Hunt

February 2, 2019

To Mary Ann and Family, so sad to read about Billy. He was always so kind and caring to my family. I wish we could be there today to help celebrate this beautiful, blessed life with your family and friends. Billy will always hold a special place in our hearts. My Dad and I send hugs and love to you and your family. God bless you always and give you His wonderful peace knowing that Billy is safe in God's loving arms.

Grayden Hunt and Carolyn Hunt

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