|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1919|
St. Louis County
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 2008|
Thomas Owen Roberts, 88, prominent attorney and civic leader in Brookhaven since 1947, died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, following an extended illness.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Roberts burial plot in Cleveland, Miss., in the old Cleveland Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven at a later date.
Mr. Roberts was born in St. Louis, Mo., on June 19, 1919, to John Charles Roberts and Minnie Sligh Roberts, of Cleveland. He attended Delta State University, and the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, and the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Mr. Roberts moved to Brookhaven to practice law in the office of Tom P. Brady, and became sole practitioner in 1949, continuing in the same office in the Brady building for the rest of his legal career of over 40 years.
In World War II, Mr. Roberts joined the United States Army Air Corps and flew as a navigator of a B-17 bomber for 32 missions over occupied Europe, Germany and France, including two missions on D-Day, June 4, 1944, over Normandy, France.
After World War II, Mr. Roberts remained in the Army Reserves and was again called to active duty for 21 months for the Korean War in 1956, in which he flew 50 combat missions. In honor of his combat services, he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and seven Air Medals. He was a war hero. Later in the Air Force Reserve he was transferred to the Judge Advocate Corps where he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. After the Korean Conflict he returned to Brookhaven to resume his law practice.
He became involved in genealogy, serving leadership positions in the First Families of Mississippi, the Mississippi Genealogical Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Society of the War of 1812.
Roberts was always active in civic projects. He was a Kiwanian for over 50 years, served as treasurer for the First United Methodist Church for over 25 years and taught Sunday school. For many years, he was the attorney for the Brookhaven Bank and Trust Co., which later became Trustmark Bank. In 1976 he was elected a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, a signal honor.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Margaret Roberts Lehmen; his brother, John Charles Roberts Jr.; and his former wife, Katherine Leary Roberts.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Helon Child Roberts; his son, Thomas Owen Roberts Jr. and wife, Delores Whitehead Roberts, of Dallas, Texas; his stepson Thad Amacker and wife Alice Holder Amacker; his stepdaughter, Carol Coursey, all of Jackson; his stepgrandchildren, Petrina Amacker, of Chicago, Ill., Ariana Amacker, of New York, N.Y., and Andrew Amacker, of Jackson; his niece, Ann Acree, of California; his nephew, Gordon Roberts, of Salt Lake City, Utah, John Roberts, of San Francisco, Calif.; and his niece, Sheila Roberts Miller, of Phoenix, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials might be made to the Palmer Home for Children, Box 796, Columbus; MS; French Camp Academy, French Camp, MS; or the Lincoln County Public Library Genealogical section, North Jackson Street, Brookhaven._____________________________________________
Owen was an avid genealogist and I have attempted to join him with his relatives, in his memory. Gerry Hill
My father was actually buried in the Roberts plot in the New Cleveland Cemetery.
The obit had incorrectly listed it as the Old Cleveland Cemetery.Thanks Tom Roberts (Changed 1-30-2015)
John Charles Roberts (1878 - 1941)
Minnie Signourney Sligh Roberts (1880 - 1941)
Katherine Leary Roberts (1917 - 1984)
New Cleveland Cemetery
Maintained by: Gerry Hill
Originally Created by: Denise Flynn
Record added: Apr 28, 2010
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