OBITUARY

Kerry Roberts

October 29, 1957July 9, 2018
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Kerry Roberts, born to the late Claudina Adams Roberts and the late Clinton Ebenezer Roberts on October 29, 1957 in Scarborough, Tobago. He came with his family to Jacksonville, FL in the mid-1970s, where his father was pastor at Forest Hill Church of the Nazarene. He left Jacksonville to attend Trevecca Nazarene College in 1976. There he met the love of his life, Oileen, whom he wed in 1981. The couple laid roots in Nashville and began their life together. Kerry graduated Trevecca Nazarene College in 1981 and 1983 with a degree in Biology and Medical Technology. Kerry began his career as a medical technologist for several labs around Nashville and Meharry hospital. He also worked for the United Parcel Service during this time. In the late 1980s, he was introduced to A. L. Williams which developed into Primerica. This company provided an opportunity to become his own boss. Determined to succeed, he recruited several agents, opened an office, and became a Regional Vice President. He enjoyed being independent and having the freedom to make his own schedule. This, amongst many other reasons, is why he was with the company for more than 30 years. Vision, determination, and humor were all hallmarks of Kerry Roberts’ life. Outside of raising his own children, he was instrumental in instilling wisdom into the lives of his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. When he wasn’t joking around and playing, he was asking about plans for the future and giving advice. Kerry was active in encouraging people to go to college and use what they learned to follow their dreams. He never met a stranger and was loved by all. He will be truly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Oileen Roberts; his children, Tiffany Warren (Neal), Rebekah Roberts, and Kerry Roberts Jr.; brothers, Lawrence (Ramona), Clinton Jr.(Elva), Andrew, and Gregory Roberts. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alexander Josiah Warren, Tyrese Kenrick Roberts, and Magdalena Adelaide Warren; his nieces and nephews, Alvin Young III (Donna), Marleni Bruner (Westley), Chris Jones, Benjamin Young II (Erica), Claudina Roberts-Luckerson (Sam), Chris McGill, Justin Roberts (Cherish), Andrea Roberts, Clinton Roberts III, Miracle Roberts, Ve’Dora Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Jr. and several aunts, uncles, great nieces, and nephews. Kerry was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Clinton Ebenezer Roberts and Claudina Roberts; his sister, Ruth Roberts Jones; and brother, Reuben Roberts.

  • FAMILY

  • Oileen Roberts, Wife
  • Tiffany (Neal) Warren, Daughter
  • Rebekah Roberts, Daughter
  • Kerry Roberts Jr., Son
  • Lawrence (Ramona) Roberts, Brother
  • Clinton (Elva) Roberts Jr., Brother
  • Andrew Roberts, Brother
  • Gregory Roberts, Brother
  • Alexander Josiah Warren, Grandchild
  • Tyrese Kenrick Roberts, Grandchild
  • Magdalena Adelaide Warren, Grandchild
  • Rev. Clinton Ebenezer and Claudina Roberts, Parents
  • Ruth Roberts Jones, Sister
  • Reuben Roberts, Brother
  • He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Alvin Young III (Donna), Marleni Bruner (Westley), Chris Jones, Benjamin Young II (Erica), Claudina Robert-Luckerson (Sam), Chris McGill, Justin Roberts (Cherish), Andrea Roberts, Clinton Roberts III, Miracle Roberts, Ve'Dora Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Jr. and several aunts, uncles, great nieces, and nephews.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

Kerry Roberts

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Sami Dietrich

July 14, 2018

Living in the same neighborhood as this wonderful family, we always enjoyed a big wave and a smile as we walked or drove by...Kerry was never too busy to stop and visit and always asked about my family, always interested in where the grandkids were....how we will miss that wonderful gentle giant of a man! To Kerry's family, we are so sorry for your loss. we send our love, thoughts and prayers!!

Onesimo and Marion Pot

July 12, 2018

Dear Oileen and family, our deepest condolences to you and yours in the death of Kerry. The movie tribute is very beautiful — so many many happy memories. We pray for God's closest comfort for you in the days and weeks, and years ahead. Your home was strong, your faith is real, your future is strong in Christ. God bless you all. Love, Rev. Onesimo and Marion Pot

Brian Lennon

July 12, 2018

I owe much to Kerry and the Roberts family for shaping me and molding me over many years growing up at TCC. I will never forget Kerry’s infectious smile and laughter, qualities that made him a perfect usher. Kerry was a strong man of God, genuinely cared about everyone, and lived out an exemplary Christian life. It did not matter how long it had been since my last visit to TCC, Kerry was always quick to reconnect and make me feel right at home. I have a feeling I will receive one more final “welcome home” from Kerry one day soon.

John Garland

July 12, 2018

Kerry always spoke and shared a smile every time I saw him at church. He would ask me about my school and how my job as a Principal was going. I am going to miss seeing him. My wife Pat and I send our condolences to the entire family.

Chad Johnson

July 12, 2018

I never saw Kerry without a smile on his face. I sat in the section at church where he was an usher. He was always genuine in his greeting to me with a beaming smile and a strong handshake. You could tell he was a great leader at home by how he and Oileen raised great kids. He was a humble man even though he had much to boast about. The world lost a great example and man but I know he left a great blueprint for a life well lived for all of us.

Bridget Young

July 12, 2018

You and your family are surrounded by love during this difficult time, may your memories give you peace and comfort!

Michelle Fouch

July 12, 2018

I will always remember the first time I met Kerry. I had walked the kids to school and here was this big guy pushing a baby stroller with a huge smile on his face. From that point on I looked forward to seeing him daily, stopping to chat, and attending church together. He was always encouraging, friendly, kind, and our families became friends. I never gave up hope (or more so never gave up teasing) Rebekah and our son Brandon about getting married so that we could become family. Our heart breaks for all of you and our prayers are with you. May God comfort you as only HE can.

Brandon Fouch

July 12, 2018

I didn't know Kerry that well, but I spent my childhood playing with his daughter, Rebekah, while my mom ran an in home day care. There is one memory that stands out though. He had come to pick Rebekah up from daycare and picked up my brother and I as well. I asked him if i could drive his car, we lived just down the street from them at the time. Of course he said no, but i decided to persist. So he offered a deal he said, "we'll flip a coin if you win you can drive." I agreed and Kerry pulled out a quarter and said " heads i win tails you lose" being young and naive i said ok and of course lost. The lesson i learned that day has stuck with me for all the years since and will continue to.

Kimberly Wall

July 12, 2018

My earliest memories of Kerry begin in the late 1970s. He seemed to always be hanging out in the Johnson dormitory lobby waiting for the beautiful woman who would ultimately become the love of his life, his life partner and the mother of his three beautiful, intelligent children. Those days were my first exposure to the “Kerry Roberts full-on, nothing-held-back smile.” Kerry loved people, beginning with Oileen, Tiffany, Rebekah and Kerry, Jr. and his grandchildren. Any time I saw him at church or a social gathering, I felt that he’d been waiting for me to arrive so he could greet me with that huge smile. Then he’d usually tell me something funny, and I’d receive a huge dose of that “uniquely Kerry” laugh that bubbled up from the most genuine place in his soul. And without fail, that greeting always lifted my heart. I will miss him.

My thoughts and prayers are with his sweet family. May our church serve as a means of grace, mercy, comfort and love as you grieve the loss of a beloved spouse and father.

Sharon James

July 12, 2018

Oileen, we would like to send our condolences and prayers of comfort for you and your family. The James Family