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Glenn "Mr Hillsboro" Roberts
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1923
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 2001
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA

Roberts, Glenn - Washington Post, January 28, 2001. With Death, Market Loses Faithful Keep by Jennifer Lenhart. Whether they'd known Glenn Roberts for a lifetime or just a few years, many locals saw him as the man who personified Hillsboro. Roberts, who died Thursday at 77 from complications of emphysema, was a fixture almost his whole life at the Hill-Tom Market in the western Loudoun County hamlet, a town perhaps best known by outsiders for being split down the middle by Route 9. For 62 years, Roberts spent most of his waking hours in the country store, which traded in coffee, cigarettes, grocery staples and gossip. He worked alongside his father there as a boy and later owned and operated the market on his own, hardly ever being lured away from the property, except for a handful of road trips to visit a brother in Florida and a brother out west. "That's the only place he ever was, was the store," said R. Lawrence Thompson, 86, a Hillsboro farmer who knew Roberts for six decades. "He grew up in it, and he stayed there all his life." With his death, the future of the Hill-Tom Market is uncertain. Roberts sold the store 15 years ago but kept working there and retained ownership of the building in which both the store and his house are located. Roberts willed the property to his lone surviving brother, who said he intends to sell. Roberts, the youngest of seven children of Spencer and Anna Virts Roberts, also has a surviving sister, Mildred, 96, of Kansas City, Kan. The brother, Spencer Roberts Jr., 83, a retired newspaper distributor in Spotsylvania, Va., said whether the place remains a store will be up to the new owner. "It all depends on who buys it," he said. "I'll let them worry about it. I own my place here [in Spotsylvania], and I'm too old to think about going back to work." To his way of thinking, perhaps it is time to end the family's century-long connection with the property. The property was passed down on the Virts side of the family, which sold it to Roberts's father, a retired D.C. police officer, in about 1926. The family moved from Arlington to Hillsboro in 1928, opened the store and named it after the mountain springs that furnish the town with water. After his father had a heart attack, Spencer Roberts said, he dropped out of Lincoln High School to help run the store. He wound up staying for five years, from 1934 to 1939. "I've had my fill of it," he said. Martha Torlone, a resident of Charles Town, W.Va., who bought the business from Roberts 15 years ago, said she and Roberts talked about what might become of the business should anything happen to him. Torlone, 65, said she had made up her mind to retire. "Glenn and I already had long talks, and I told him, 'I'm 65, and if anything happens to you, I'm out of here,' " said Torlone, whose family runs Torlone's Pizza, also on Route 9, about six miles west of the Hill-Tom Market. "I'm 65 years, and it's time for me to retire. "I'm sure Glenn would want the store to continue," she said. "I was hoping someone else would take it over." If the store goes out of business, the town's 92 residents will have to go elsewhere, and thousands of commuters passing through each day will be forced to find another stopping-off point on their travels. Folks driving along Route 9 in either direction -- east 12 miles or so to Leesburg or west six miles to the West Virginia line -- often stopped at the Hill-Tom for coffee and just to hear the day's latest news from Roberts and the regular customers. "If you needed any local news, Glenn had it," Thompson said. "He did a pretty good job in that store. Made a pretty good living in there as far as I know. I think everybody liked him." Like most people who have been residents of Hillsboro for more than a few years, Roberts served in several official capacities around town, Thompson said. He was elected treasurer. He also volunteered for years as treasurer of the Hillsboro Community Center. Though he was born in Arlington, everyone thought of Roberts, a graduate of Lincoln High School, as homegrown. There was nowhere else his brother would rather have been than Loudoun, said Spencer Roberts. "He knew people all over Loudoun County," he said. "He was a Loudoun County boy." Visitation for Glenn Roberts will be today at Hall Funeral Home, 140 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Services will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Burial will follow immediately afterward in Hillsboro Cemetery. The family will host a reception for guests in the Old Stone School in Hillsboro.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Spencer Roberts (1876 - 1950)
  Anna Mariah Virts Roberts (1880 - 1953)
 
 Siblings:
  Mildred L. Roberts Knott (1905 - 2002)*
  Milton B. Roberts (1907 - 2000)*
  George Mortimer Roberts (1909 - 1975)*
  Spencer Roberts (1918 - 2011)*
  Grant Roberts (1922 - 1991)*
  Glenn Roberts (1923 - 2001)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillsboro Cemetery
Hillsboro
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Lot 584
 
Created by: Betty Frain
Record added: Jun 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53736198
Glenn Mr Hillsboro Roberts
Added by: Katy McCauley
 
Glenn Mr Hillsboro Roberts
Added by: Katy McCauley
 
Glenn Mr Hillsboro Roberts
Added by: Betty Frain
 
 
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And now all three of you are in Heaven watching over me...you, Dad, and Mom.Love and miss you all greatly...
- Katy McCauley
 Added: Jul. 10, 2014
I miss the strength you provided to me as I was growing up in Hillsboro ! You and Dad are so sadly missed each and every day ! May the both of you be at rest..
- Katy McCauley
 Added: Jul. 17, 2010
 
 
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