James C. Roberson

March 6, 1938September 11, 2021

PEORIA~ James Charles Roberson, 83, of Forest City, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Born March 6, 1938 in Cureall,Missouri to Charles and Maude (Walker) Roberson, he married Rita Bohannon on August 10, 1963 in Creve Coeur. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Carrie (Dean) Meiner of Forest City; four grandsons, Joe Meredith of Peoria, Charles (Vickie) Meiner of Bishop, Jordan (Nicki) Meredith of Peoria, Michael Meiner of Forest City; two sisters, Janice (Gary) Duggins of West Plains Missouri, Nora Koelling of Hammond, Indiana; three brothers, Gerald (Bonnie) Koelling Byhalia, Mississippi, Lonnie(Bonita) Koelling and Dale Koelling of Mammoth Springs, Arkansas; one step brother, Virgil (Sandra) Ray of California and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Ruby Roberson Johnson; one son, Forrest Roberson; one great-grandchild, Alyssa Faith Meredith and three sisters, Georgia Driver, Carrie Hale and Marie Ramsy.

James worked 30 years at Caterpillar Inc., most recently as a truck driver.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and going to auctions. James loved spending time with his dogs, grandchildren and his beautiful wife Rita.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday October 9, 2021 at the Forest City Camp Ground. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Forman Ambulance Service in Manito, 205 N Broadway St, Manito, IL 61546.

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9 October

Celebration of Life Gathering

2:00 pm

Forest City Camp Ground


James C. Roberson

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Tamara Meredith

September 16, 2021

Rita, everytime I have seen you both it has been with happiness and kindness. I know he has been a good husband, father and grandfather. You have always been kind to my brother. My prayers are with you and the family. ❤❤❤

April Morris

September 13, 2021

RIP Charles I gave you a big hug last time I seen you ! Fly high