Herbert Haskel (Herb) Roberts, 88, of Jonesboro, Ark., died April 24, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Place in Jonesboro.
Born in Ash Flat, he lived in Caraway before moving to the Jonesboro area in 1958. He was a retired electrician with 55 years of membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. For 15 years, Roberts served as the electrical inspector for the city of Jonesboro. Roberts was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the Battle of the Bulge and being awarded the Silver Star medal for gallantry in action on March 30, 1945, near Mehlin, Germany. Sgt. Roberts also received the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement against the enemy on Aug. 23 and 24, 1944, near Tilly, France. He enlisted in the Army July 29, 1941. He was of the Baptist belief and his priority was God, family and country. He was proud to be an American and proud of making a better life for his children and grandchildren. He grew up in rural Arkansas during the Great Depression and once observed that although he had been in 48 states and five foreign countries, he had yet seen a better place to live than Arkansas. Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Anna Pearl Moore Roberts of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dickie and Brenda Roberts and Ronnie and Joan Roberts all of Jonesboro, and Jerry and Trisha Roberts of McKinney, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law: Barbara and Lester Mullen of Monette, Diann and Randell Pierce and June Roberts, all of Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren: Kent Roberts, Sherri Roberts, Ronda Ruthven, Tara Walker, Kevin Mullen, Jeremy Roberts, Randi Saulsbury, Brooke Pierce, Keith Mullen, Erin Botello and Laura Pierce; 13 great-grandchildren: Bradley Roberts, Jason Roberts, Ashleigh Ruthven, Mitchell Ruthven, Bailey Botello, Jaden Roberts, Sydney Saulsbury, Drew Walker, Jillian Roberts, Carter Saulsbury, John Cody Walker, Maddox, Mullen and Jorin Roberts. He was preceded in death by: one daughter, Vickie Roberts; his parents, Dee and Laura Roberts; four brothers, Glenn Roberts, J.W. Roberts, Oscar Roberts and Ernest Roberts; and two sisters, Marie Guiltner and Irene Bristow. Funeral services were held April 28 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Don Miller officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Jonesboro Memorial Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Active pallbearers were grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters, nieces, Vickie Mynatt, nurses Joyce Files, Billie Pruitt, Melba Thomas and Lonnie Roberts. For lasting memorials the family asks that a consideration be given to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 722092. Online registry at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.