Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Roberts


The  Shelbyville  News
7 or 8 Nov 2001
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          Ronald "Ronnie" Roberts, 70, of Shelbyville, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  Born July 25, 1931, in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of  Henry and  Oreaka Roberts.  He married  Elsie Pope  on Sept. 22, 1961.  She preceded him in death in 1980.  Mr. Roberts was a worker at several local factories and a security guard for several local businesses, retiring this year.  He moved to Shelbyville from Oklahoma City 68 years ago.
          Survivors include one half sister,  Glenda Derbonne  of Texas; two half brothers,  Meryle Roberts  of Texas and  Harold Roberts  of Oregon.  Two half sisters preceded him in death.
          Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Forrest [sic--Forest] Hill Cemetery with the Rev. David Humphrey officiating.  No visitation will be observed.  Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and Betty Kitchen


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, 7 Apr 1980
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Roberts
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          Services for  Elsie L. Roberts,  58, 1303 E. Michigan Road, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Murphy Mortuary.  She died early Sunday morning at W. S. Major Hospital. She had been in ill health and hospitalized two weeks.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 6 p.m. today.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  The Rev. Ron Riggs will officiate at the services.
          Mrs. Roberts, who spent her entire life in this community, was formerly employed by Shelby Manufacturing Co.  She was a member of the West Street United Methodist Church.  Born May 28, 1921 in Shelby County, a daughter of  William Clarence and  Opal (Pope) Crisp,  she was married Sept. 22, 1961 in Shelbyville to  Ronald C. Roberts  who survives.
          Also surviving are three daughters,  Mrs. James (Joyce) Roberts,  St. Paul,  Mrs. Edward (Rose) Asper,  Hagerstown, Md., and  Mrs. William (Lynette) Gibson,  Newport, Ky.; her mother,  Mrs. Opal Lusk,  Shelbyville; a brother,  Raymond Lee Crisp,  Shelbyville; and six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.  Two children, a grandchild and a brother preceded in death.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and Betty Kitchen


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, July 26, 1968
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MISS  ROBERTS'  RITES  SUNDAY
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Local Woman, 77, Was Fairland Native
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Miss Clara E. Roberts, 77, died at Major Hospital Thursday, July 25, 1968.
Lived 155 E. Mechanic St.  Spent entire life in Shelby County.
Born in Fiarland November 7, 1890, d/o  William H.  and  Dora Maxwell Roberts.
Survivors:  sisters, Miss Frances Roberts  and  Mrs. Marie Jarrell, both of Shelbyville;  brothers,  Clyde Roberts, Nashville, Tennessee, and  Milton Roberts, Greensboro, N.C.
Member of the Salvation Army.
Services:  officiated by  Brig. Clarence Critser  and  Rev. Kenneth Jewell.
Burial:  Fairland Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Mon., Nov. 28, 1966
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Virgil Roberts Rites Tuesday
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Retired Waldron Bank
President Dies at 73
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          Virgil L. Roberts, 73, Waldron, retired president of the State Bank of Waldron and well-known Shelby County man, died at Major Hospital Saturday at 9:05 p.m. of complications from a kidney infection. He had been in failing health for two months and seriously ill two weeks. Services will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul, with Rev. Robert Hampton officiating. Burial will be in the VanPelt Cemetery. Friends may call at the St. Paul mortuary at any time. The Waldron bank will be closed Tuesday afternoon.
          Mr. Roberts retired in 1965 after 47 years at the Waldron State Bank, where he served in all capacities. He became a director of the bank in 1931 and was elected president in 1952. At one time he served as president of the Southeastern Indiana Bankers Association. He was a member of the Waldron Conservancy District and the Waldron Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He also was a member of Waldron Lodge No. 217, F. & A.M., and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows No. 197 of Waldron. Mr. Roberts attended Indiana State University and Indiana University and prior to entering the banking field he taught in the Waldron High School.
          Born in Noble Township April 9, 1893, he was the son of William C. and Missouri (Gregory) Roberts.  On July 8, 1916, he married  Hazel B. Howard, who died Jan. 13, 1959.  Two sons and a daughter died in infancy and two brothers also preceded in death. Surviving is a sister,  Mrs. Ora W. (Dora) Cuskaden, R.R. St. Paul.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  News
Jan. 13, 1959
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Mrs. Roberts Dies at Hospital
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Waldron Woman, 66, Becomes Ill at Church
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          Mrs. Hazel B. Roberts  of Waldron, wife of  Virgil L. Roberts, president of the State Bank of Waldron, died a Major Hospital at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage at 7:30 o'clock while at the Waldron Baptist Church.
          A lifelong resident of Shelby county, Mrs. Roberts, 66, was born in Liberty township October 4, 1892, the daughter of  Herbert M. Howard, who resides near Waldron, and  Ida F. (Stansifer) Howard.  She taught in the Waldron school for five years and for many years taught a Sunday school class at the Waldron Baptist Church where she was an active member. Her marriage to Mr. Roberts took place July 8, 1916.
          Surviving with the husband and the father, who is 93 years of age, are two sisters and one brother, Miss Ethel Howard, near Waldron,  Mrs. Willard Jones  of Greensburg and  Thomas Howard  of Boone county. One sister,  Mrs.. Forrest Barnes,  preceded in death. Also surviving are three nieces and one nephew, Mrs. Frank B. Pope  of Morristown, N.J., Mrs. Otis Kuhn,  Waldron,  Mrs. Otto Enos  and  James H. Jones, Greensburg.
          Funeral services will be held at the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul Friday at 2:30 p.m. (DST) with Rev. James. R. Hunter officiating. Burial will be at VanPelt cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 this evening.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday July 25, 1955
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RITES  HELD  FOR  MRS. ROBERTS
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Mrs. Dora Roberts, 84, died Thursday in Indianapolis after a long illness.  Her home was 1930 Commerce street, Indianapolis.
Born in Johnson county July 25, 1871, the daughter of  William & Mary I. (Hubbard) Maxwell.  Married  William Roberts  in 1888 and he died in 1935.
Surviving are daughters  Clara Roberts  and  Mrs. Marie Jarrell  of this city; Major Frances Roberts  of Baltimore, Maryland, Clyde  and  Carl Roberts  of Indianapolis, and  Milton Roberts  of Greensboro, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren
Burial was made in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Contributed and summarized by Barb Huff for Marty


The  Shelbyville  News
June 26, 1950
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MRS.  ROBERTS
DIES  AT  HOME
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          Mrs. Theresa A. Robert  died Sunday afternoon at 2:37 o'clock at the home of a daughter,  Mrs. A. O. McCabe  at 246 E. Washington St.  She was 91 years of age.  Mrs. Robert had been ill for the past eight years and her condition had been critical for several months.  She had made her home with the daughter since the death of her husband,  Henry Roberts,  on January 12, 1923.
          She was born in Switzerland county on October 12, 1858, the daughter of  James P. and  Martha (Stagge) Oakley,  and had resided in Shelby county for many years.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and McQuiddy Rebekah lodge.  Her marriage to Mr. Roberts took place on September 8, 1875.  Six children were born to the union and three survive,  Mrs. McCabe,  Randall N. Roberts  of Flat Rock R.R. 1 and  Howard C. Roberts  of near St. Paul.  Two daughters and a son preceded her in death.  Also surviving are a brother,  Edd Oakley  of Indianapolis; two half-sisters,  Mrs. Louis Clark  of this city and  Mrs. Hazel Stanton  of Chicago; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
          Funeral services will be held at the Sleeth Funeral Home Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Roscoe M. Wolvington officiating.  Interment will be held at the Lewis Creek Baptist Church cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming



The  Shelbyville  Republican
Circa 1944
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ILL  8  MONTHS,
CITY  RESIDENT  SUCCUMBS
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Long Illness Fatal to Mrs. Myrl Roberts
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          In failing health for the past eight months and in a critical condition for the past week, Mrs. Myrl Roberts, age 53, wife of  Oscar Roberts, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday at her home on Doran Ave.  Death was due to complications.
          Mrs. Roberts was born in Shelby township on February 24, 1891, the daughter of  Charles and Ida Harris Shutt.  On October 17, 1908, she was united in marriage to Mr. Roberts, who survives with four children, Mrs. Edwin Miles, and  Mrs. Jack Fehrman, of this city;  Mrs. Max Keske, of Indianapolis, and John K. Roberts, of Connersville, and six grandchildren.
          Mrs. Roberts was a member of the American Legion auxillary and of the Mt. Auburn Christian Church, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, with Rev. O. Highsmith officiating.  Burial will be in the Miller cemetery in charge of Loren H. Murphy.  Friends may call at the late home at any time.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, March 28, 1940
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COUNTY  NATIVE  SUCCUMBS  HERE
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          Mrs. Frances I[rene Hobbs Woodruff Tucker] Roberts, wife of  George W. Roberts, died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at the residence 1720 Elm street.  A victim of creeping paralysis, Mrs. Roberts had been confined the past five years.  She was 71, having been born April 20, 1868, in Hendricks township, the daughter of  William and Sarah Hobbs.  Surviving Mrs. Roberts are her husband, to whom she was married September 16, 1929, and three sons and one daughter by earlier marriages.  They are  Ralph  and  William Tucker, and  Don Woodruff, all of this city, and  Mrs. Fred Fisher, Indianapolis.  In addition there are 12 grandchildren, a brother, Fred Hobbs, of Anderson; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Dugan, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Homer Buchanan  and  Mrs. Albert Bennett, both of Shelbyville, and a number of nieces and nephews.  Until last December, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts made their home in Shelby township, where for 36 years Mr. Roberts engaged in vegetable and truck gardening.  Funeral services are to be held at the C. F. Fix & Son funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Friday.  Officiating will be Rev. T. W. Stofer, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, and Rev. Walter P. Halbert, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which Mrs. Roberts was a member.  Burial will be in the family lot at the City cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary until the hour of the services.
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Shelby Co, Indiana  Marriage Records
Frances I. Tucker  and  George W. Roberts
September 26, 1929
Book 29, page 357
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Contributed by Marge Roberts


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday September 25, 1935
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W. H. ROBERTS  DIES  IN  TEXAS
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Left Fairland 15 Years Ago;
Daughter Lives Here
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          William H. Roberts, 68 years old, a resident of the Fairland community until about 15 years ago, died Tuesday morning in San Antonio, Texas, according to word received by a daughter, Miss Clara Roberts  of 155 East Mechanic street.
          A heart attack was the cause of Mr. Robert's unexpected death.  He was born November 9, 1866, in Shelby county, a son of  Simeon  and  Lucy Roberts.  On November 18, 1888, he was married to  Dora Maxwell. They lived near Fairland until 1920, since that time they had resided in Indianapolis and San Antonio.
          Survivors are:  the widow, eight sons and daughters, Clara  and  Milton Roberts, of Shelbyville;  Miss Frances Roberts, of Baltimore, Maryland;  Miss Marie Roberts, of Richmond, Virginia;  Carl, Robert  and  Clyde Roberts, Indianapolis and  Howard Roberts, of Greensboro, North Carolina;  nine grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Atkins  and  Miss Lula Roberts, of Indianapolis;  two brothers, Joseph, of Indianapolis and  Frank, of Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.
          Mr. Roberts was a member of Lodge No. 17, Loyal Order of Moose, Indianapolis.  The funeral and burial will take place at San Antonio.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Marty


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, December 26, 1931
Page 3    Column 2
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COUNTY  RESIDENT  CALLED  BY  DEATH
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Uremia Causes Death of Jesse Roberts,
Of Fairland On Christmas Day
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TWO  CHILDREN  SURVIVE
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          Jesse H. Roberts,  age 66 years, resident of the Fairland community for many years, died at his home at ten o'clock Christmas morning.  Uremia, from which he had been ill for several months, was the cause of death.  Mr. Roberts was born in Indianapolis on October 25, 1865.  His marriage to  Miss Anna Rairdan  took place on April 14, 1898, and three children were born to them.  He leaves one son,  William R. Roberts,  of Sugar Creek township; one daughter,  Mrs. Lillian Sylvester, of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; three brothers,  William,  of Texas;  Joseph  and  Frank Roberts, of Indianapolis, and three sisters,  Mrs. Flora Cherry,  of Fairland, and  Mrs. Stella Atkins  and  Miss Lou Roberts,  of Indianapolis.  Mr. Roberts was a member of the Christian church at Spearsville, Indiana.  Funeral services will be held at the home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock.  Burial will be in the Fairland cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, August 24, 1925
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INFANT ROBERTS
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          The  infant daughter  of  Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Roberts, who died this morning at ten o'clock at the home of the parents, in Waldron, was buried this afternoon in the Ogden cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Indianapolis  Sunday  Star
February 14, 1923
Page 10
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          Shelbyville ----- Henry T. Roberts,  67 years old, business man, died here from heart trouble.  He had been engaged in the automobile business in Shelbyville for several years.  The widow, two sons,  H. C. Roberts  and  R. N. Roberts;  two daughters,  Mrs. Louisa McCabe  and  Mrs. Anna Lewis;  two sisters,  Mrs. Tabitha Lewis  and  Mrs. Mary Gordon,  this city, survive.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, August 4, 1899
Volume XL, Number 4
Page 1, column 2
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          Esta [sic Estes J.] Roberts,  a young school teacher of Shelby county, while on Flat Rock with a party seining, was drowned last Friday.
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Notes:  Date of birth, 14 Jul 1876.  Date of death, 28 Jul 1899.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry


The  Shelby  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, July 29, 1899
Page 1
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DROWNING
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Prevents the Marriage of Esta Roberts
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And Miss Ethel Lemasters ---
The Funeral Was Largely Attended
Yesterday Afternoon.
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          The funeral yesterday afternoon of Esta Roberts, the unfortunate young man who was drowned in Flat Rock river Friday afternoon, was one of the largest that ever occurred in the county --- the procession being almost two miles in length and the attendance at the church is placed at 1,200 people.  The Lewis Creek Baptist church was crowded to suffocation and many were unable to get to view the remains of the deceased.  Funeral director Tindall, owing to the condition of several members of the Roberts family, had to close the casket.  There were a large number of the membership of the local lodge of Odd Fellows, of which deceased was a member, turned out and escorted their Brother to his last resting place in the Baptist cemetery.  It is stated that deceased was engaged to Miss Ethel Lemaster, the accomplished daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. John Lemasters, and that their wedding would have occurred this fall, and Mr. Roberts had about completed arrangements to come to this city next spring to enter the agricultural business.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming, Jan 2001.


The  Shelby  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, July 29, 1899
Page 1
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DOWN  TO  DEATH
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Sank Esta Roberts, Yesterday
Afternoon,
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While Bathing in Flat Rock River, Near the 
Mouth of Conn's Creek --- There were 
Thirteen Members of the Party.
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          About three o'clock yesterday afternoon a party of threshers went seining in Flat Rock river, near the mouth of Conn's Creek, and after making several drags they concluded to go in bathing.  In the party was  Esta Roberts, a son of   Henry Roberts, who resides on the  Henry Green farm in Shelby township, who, taking the cramps, went down and coming up only once sank out of sight before any of his twelve companions could rescue him from drowning.  Two hours afterward his body was found by  Everett Maple, near where he had sank and was taken to the home of his parents.  The unfortunate young man was twenty-thee[sic] years of age and single.  He was a school teacher and last winter taught school at the Reece school house, on the Amos pike, in Addison township.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, of this city, and his funeral will be in charge of the membership of the order.
          The funeral services will be held in the Lewis Creek Baptist church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday July 30, 1899, Rev. Colter, of Columbus, officiating.  Cortege will leave the house at 1 p.m. Interment in the Baptist Cemetery.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, April 14, 1899
Volume XXXIX, Number 40
Page 1, column 3
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          The funeral of  Milton G. Roberts  was held Saturday at Second Mt. Pleasant, conducted by Rev. J. O. Ledbetter.  Deceased had resided in Brandywine township, Shelby county.
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Notes:  Date of birth, 1831.  Date of death, Apr 1899.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

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