Roy Albert Roberts

January 13, 1939 – January 17, 2022

Roy was born on January 13, 1939 in Baldwyn, MS to the late Roy Boyd and Ruth Murdock Roberts. He was a native of Union County, near the Alpine Community where Zion Hill Baptist Church is located. He became a Christian at Zion Hill as a nine year old boy. He was the Valedictorian of his class at Cedar Hill High School, attended Northeast Mississippi Community College for two years, and was a honor graduate of Mississippi State University.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janie Sue Pannell; and a still born brother. He is survived by his wife Jerri Ray Roberts of Winona; two daughters, Marlene R. Vanderlip (Kevin) of Winona and Marilyn R. Smith (Troy) of Greenwood; a son Mickey R. Roberts (Debbie) of Winona; a step-daughter, Stephanie L. Jones (Rob) of Grenada; a step-son Charles Land (Meridith) of Birmingham, AL; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew.

Roy retired from the USDA-FMHA with over 33 years of service. He spent the next 30 years pursuing his true interest and passions that include the church, family events, hunting, fishing, gardening, and MSU events (particularly women’s basketball). He enjoyed gospel music and traveled to neighboring states many times to hear his favorite performers in concert. He was an excellent cook and appreciated and enjoyed a good steak – his favorite being from Nails in Stewart.

Roy was a proud American and had great appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving in the various military branches. He was a member of Scotland Baptist Church, where he particularly enjoyed the 8:00 a.m. service every fifth Sunday and the breakfast that followed. He was a former Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, VBS Volunteer, Rotary Club Member, and very active in 4-H in his early years.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 21 at Zion Hill Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Bro. John Jacks will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Erik Vanderlip, Jay Smith, Reed Roberts, Richard Pannell, Henry Vanderlip, and Gunner Wilkes.

Memorials may be made to Scotland Baptist Church, Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Winona Christian School or the charity of your choice.

15 thoughts on “Roy Albert Roberts

  1. We are so sorry to hear about Roy! We thought so much of him and his whole family. Our prayers are with all of you. He will definitely be missed!

    Mike and Cheryl Wiltshire


  2. Jerri and family. So sorry to hear about Roy. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers for all of you. May the Lord comfort you as you go thru this difficult time.


  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Roberts. He was my 1st boss with the Federal Government. I really enjoyed working with him! He was such a good person and will be truely missed. Sending prayers to Jerri and the rest of the family. I will never forget him.


  4. So sorry to hear this. Fond memories of church service and softball games. May the Lord give you peace and comfort.


  5. Jerri

    Miller and I just found out today about Roy going to heaven. He was one of Millers best friends. We hate we didn’t found out earlier. Miller cherishes the time he spent with Roy dearly. They were some of his happiest days spent with Roy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


  6. Jerri, Marlene,Mickey and Sissy. So sorry to hear about Uncle Roy. Wish I could have been there for all of y’all. Love all of y’all.


  7. 02/17/2022…I am so sad to hear of Roy’s passing! I wished I could have come to his funeral but did not know . I have fond memories of get togethers with all the aunts, uncles and cousins at Pa and Ma Murdock’s home. Jeri, Marlene, Mickey and Sissy, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard and sad time in life. Love to you all! Shelia Murdock Cobb


  8. Jeri, Marlene. Sissy and Mickey, so sorry to hear about Roy. I would have gone to the funeral but I didn’t know about it. We were all close as cousins growing up and I have so many fond memories. Praying for peace, comfort and strength for all of you. Love, Frances Morris


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