Ronald Lee Roberts

January 6, 1943December 31, 2020

Ronald Lee Roberts, 76, of Waynesboro passed away on December 31, 2020 at his residence.

He was born January 6, 1943, a son of the late John Martin and Gladys Mae (Leeth) Roberts of Grottoes.

“Ronnie” retired as an Engineer from the Waynesboro Fire Department in 1993 after 27 years of service. He spent many years volunteering at the Waynesboro First Aid Crew as a “in house” dispatcher from 1970 until 1980 when the 911 emergency operations center was opened.

In 1978 he was awarded Fire Fighter of the year by the Augusta Lions Club.

His most enjoyed times were hunting with his longtime friend, Jeff Parrish who also retired from the Waynesboro Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tony Martin Roberts.

Survivors include a sister, Joyce “Bunny” Reynolds and husband, Lonnie of Red House, Virginia; son, Donald “Herbie) Roberts and fiancé’ Yvonne W. Cason; daughters, Taylor Laughlin of Waynesboro, Diane Roberts Kelly of Crimora; nephews, Timothy Reynolds of Lynchburg, Martin Reynolds of Drakes Branch, Virginia; nieces, Lynette Layne and husband, J.H. of Appomattox, Virginia, Chrissy Bolton and husband, James of Red House, Virginia, Gail Reynolds Thompson and husband, Dale of Seriville, TN; grandchildren, Tony Cognetti and wife Sarah of Crimora, Johnathan Taylor of Crimora; a great-grandson, Michael Taylor. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at a late date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Waynesboro First Aid Crew, 301 West Broad Street, Waynesboro, Va. 22980.


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Robb Richardson

January 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss Herbie. Our condolences to you and yours.
Robb and Bettie

David Zimmerman

January 8, 2021

Ronnie was a good man! RIP my brother....

James Leeth

January 8, 2021

My deepest sympathy for all of Ronald's family and friends. Being a cousin, I have memories of Ronnie from years ago. I was always very proud of his commitment and dedication to the emergency services of the City of Waynesboro. I'm sure he enjoyed his music and Tony's involvement in the same.

Ginny Henderson

January 8, 2021


I am so sorry for Ronnie passing. I truly am honored to have worked with him. Ronnie was such a great guy . I loved his smile and his sense of humor. Sure am going to miss his phone calls.


Cindy Scott

January 8, 2021

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Ronnie Roberts. I have lost another fellow firefighter that I admired so much! I will miss your sense of humor and your laugh! Rest in peace dear friend! Prayers for the family. I'm here for you Herbie if you need anything.

Jeff Parrish

January 7, 2021

Ronnie welcomed me to the fire department and was a true friend. We enjoyed many hunting trips and other adventures over the years. He was a talented musician , when he played you could see the enjoyment of entertaining in his face. He was the person I was assigned to for drivers training and he taught me many things about pump operations. I remember one night we had a call for a brush fire behind the center for shopping. It was in the fence row behind the buildings. Well there is also a graveyard back there and we found out that night that he wasn't going to man the pump by himself at a graveyard. Got on the radio to ask him to increase the pressure a little and he was standing a little ways behind me and said ok.

Danny Mccormick

January 7, 2021

Sorry for your loss . I was a volunteer and career with Ronnie. The first aid crew Address is 201 west broad st.