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Ernest Wiley Roberts
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Birth: Aug. 25, 1919
Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 2006
California City
Kern County
California, USA

Antelope Valley Press
Classification 1000
Obituary notices and memorials
These ads appeared in the Antelope Valley Press Thursday, June 8, 2006

ROBERTS, Ernest Wiley , was born August 25, 1912, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Valdera Slaughter and Harry Roberts. He died June 4, 2006, at home in California City, Calif. He grew up in Santa Fe, the grandson of a prominent Santa Fe African-American family, W. J. and Mary Slaughter. Ernest's mother was the first "colored" Santa Fe High School graduate, class of 1902. Ernest graduated from Santa Fe High in 1932, and attended college in Albuquerque. He married Karolyn Paige in 1934. Ernest worked as a bartender for Fred Harvey at the La Fonda Hotel bar in Santa Fe during the 30's and early 40's, transferring his experience and seniority with Fred Harvey to service on the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, upon moving the family to Newton, Kansas, Karolyn's home. He traversed the country on the Super Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles for many years. He and Karolyn moved to Chicago after the children were grown, and he retired in 1974. They then moved to California City, Calif., where he was active in volunteering with the Senior Center for many years. His serene and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Karolyn, and is survived by his son Kay Wiley, and wife, Patricia; his daughter Ernestine and husband Robert Lawrence; grandchildren Tracy, Timothy and Gia Jernigan and Deanna, Jeffrey and Jason Roberts; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the California City Community Church. Internment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M., at a later date.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Valdera Elvira Slaughter Roberts (1891 - 1942)
 
 Spouse:
  Karolyn F Paige Roberts (1909 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
 
Created by: Tami Kelley
Record added: Jun 08, 2006
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Ernest Wiley Roberts
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