Honorable Gene Roebuck, 85, of Jonesboro, died Monday, March 8, 2021, at the NEA Medical Center. He was born in Gould, Arkansas to C.C. an Ollie Roebuck on May 13, 1935. He moved to Jonesboro in 1961, moving here from Trumann. He was a founding member of the Grace Missionary Baptist Church. He served his country for over 30 years in the US Army retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in Korea and in Vietnam.
He was a former state senator and served two terms in the Arkansas Senate District 29. He served as chair of the Legislative Audit and held numerous Vice Chair positions, including Vice Chair of the Education Committee, Children and Youth Committee, Public Transportation, Aging, and Legislative Affairs Committee. He also served on the Arkansas Early Childhood Development Advisory Board. He was a candidate for the Arkansas State House of Representatives for District 74, in 2002 and a candidate for the Arkansas Senate District 21 seat in 2014.
He played football as a guard and a tackle for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1957 and 1958. From 1960 until 1966 he was the head football coach at Trumann, then moved to Jonesboro as the Head Coach under Bull Davidson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; son, Dr. Rusty Roebuck, granddaughter, Bethany Etheridge; and on Sister, Bette Bratton.
Survivors include his son, Randy Roebuck and wife Kelly of Bentonville, Arkansas; daughter in law, Gwen Roebuck of Cave City; brothers, Dr. Tommy Roebuck of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Carl Roebuck of Conway; John Roebuck of Ruston, Louisiana; sister, Lynda White of Hot Springs; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Angie Martin.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Ken Stallings and Brandon Wright officiating and Emerson Funeral Home. Burial will be private with Gene McDaniel, Larry Catt, Daniel Catt, Jacob Catt, Stuart Etheridge, and Alex Roebuck serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Kim McDaniel, Tyler Ringo and Tyler Asberry. Visitation will be from 1:00 on Friday until service time.
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