Mrs. J. E. Roberts, One of Eagle Lake's Most Loved Women, Laid to Rest Yesterday
For a number of weeks, Mrs. J. E. Roberts was hopelessly ill in a hospital in Houston, and friends realized with deep sorrow that she must soon pass away.
In the early hours of Tuesday news came that life's golden bowl had been broken and this splendid woman, who was known to so many of us and was loved so tenderly, had passed from the scenes of earth to her eternal rest in the glory land.
For some time she had not been in good health, but she was always so cheerful, so happy and so thoughtful of others, that even her most intimate friends failed to realize her condition. Everything that medical skill and loving hands could do was done, but even those skilled in the surgeon's art could not stop the onward march of disease, and early Tuesday morning the patient sufferer yielded beautiful life to the destroyer.
Truly it is sad to see one so strong, so cheerful, so happy, so useful, so loved, called from life and deepest sorrow reigns over the hearts of many who loved her dearly because she is no more and the stricken husband, the motherless children and all the bereaved have the abiding sympathy of many friends in their loneliness and sorrow
Throughout the weary days in the hospital those who visited her - and many friends went form Eagle Lake to see her - found her cheerful and with a smile and a word of cheer for everyone - that happy frame of mind that made her universally popular, even unto death. She was one of the gentlest, sweetest women it has ever been our lot to know, and for weeks as she lay hopelessly ill, sorrow deep and sincere has been spread over our town and our community in the passing of this good friend we can find consolation only in the comforting fact that she had lived for her Lord, and that her God had prepared for her a home eternal in the Heavens, a home whose doors never swing outward for there are no leave-taking, no partings there. Early in her married life she accepted her Savior and united with the Baptist church and she remained faithful even to the end.
We say it is great to leave a record like this when one steps from the shores of Time to the silent barge that bears her to Eternity - and truly it is. It is great to live so unselfishly and so well that when life's fitful fever ends, friends come from far and near to stand beside the casket and its marble clay and say, "I have lost a friend." Surely it is great for one to have scattered the flowers of love with such a lavish hand that when the heart is numb and the hand is cold thousands of flowers come as tributes of holy love from hearts that esteemed her friendship in life.
Mrs. Roberts was a devoted wife and mother - a mother that gave forth every effort to the proper training of her children, raising in our midst three of the finest children that it has ever been our pleasure to know. She was a helpful neighbor, a friend who was always true. She lived a life that was beautiful and she leaves a memory pure and sweet and an influence for good that can never be lost. Many will miss her, but how glorious the thought that she who suffered here is with her Savior now in that beautiful home where sickness entereth not and pain is unknown.
The love of our people for this good woman was shown by the great out-pouring of men, women and children at her funeral on Thursday afternoon. People came from all the country around to pay a last tribute and the floral offerings exceeded in number and in beauty of design any like tribute.
A sweetly solemn funeral service was conducted at the home by her pastor, Rev. Neal Ellis, at which Mrs. Corley touchingly sang "Some Day We'll Understand," and then the body was given sepulture in the Masonic cemetery, the cemetery at which she did so much to make the grounds pretty and attractive.
She is survived by her husband, J. E. Roberts; two sons, E. R. Roberts, now of Lubbock and the little J. E. Jr., one daughter, Miss Catherine Roberts a student in Baylor College; two brothers, Joe Roensch of Smithville and Max Roensch of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. J. O. Trousdale of Smithville and Mrs. Ed Ramsey of Giddings.
Mrs. Roberts was a past matron of the Eagle Lake Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and one of the floral wreaths from that order, signified this honor. For many long weeks the husband, the son and the daughter have watched beside their suffering loved one, and in weariness of body and agony of soul they now sit beside the loved bier. To all of these stricken ones, and to the others who are closely bound by the ties of kinship and love our people pour out their hearts in sympathy.
Many letters and telegrams of sympathy have been received by the family from all sections of the State including one from Governor Dan Moody.
The active pallbearers were Max Conner, W. E. Meitee, Verner Matthews, J. W. McCarty, E. Roos, Horace Meitee, M. E. Guynn and S. O. Boothe.
The honorary pallbearers included J. H. Morgan, B. L. Vineyard, W. S. Strickland, C. W. Bentley, W. A. Dallas, Frank Davidson, I. V. Duncan, Victor Englehard, Dr. P. T. Gordon, C. H. Matthews, Geo. Herder, Jr., Nat Holman, H. Lee Johnson, B. H. McElhinney, H. Nussbaum, C. P. Hoyo, W. E. Lenhart, Bruce McCarty, J. R. Earthman, R. T. Westmoreland, W. Y. Westmoreland, W. G. Darby, N. W. Callison, G. B. Skelton, J. F. Ulery, Leon Daily, E. A. Toliver, Hayes Stephens, Geo. W. Keith, A. J. Lewis, J. N. Frazar, John A. Guynn, W. C. Guynn, J. M. Chumney, Chas. Von Lengerke, P. C. Middlebrook, J. W. Moerschell, E. C. Delaney, Frank B. Bowe, O. J. Wintermann, E. O. McCarty and Geo. Herder, Sr.
Eagle Lake Headlight, January 29, 1927
Julia B. Roberts
Julia B. Roberts, 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, August 6.
Julia married Ronel McKinney Roberts on April 24, 1943 in Hemphill.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband.
She leaves behind her children, Ronel Wayne (and Rebekah) Roberts of Victoria and Vera Ann and Glenn Roberts of Needville; two sisters, Johnnie (Haley) Bailey of Center and Elizabeth (Haley) Sprague of Wharton; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Glenn and Betty Roberts of Needville, Julieanne Renee and Thomas Amos of Needville, Jason Christopher Roberts of Needville, Courtney Lynn Roberts of Victoria, Lindsey Dyan Roberts of Victoria, Lance Austin Roberts of Victoria; and three great-grandchildren, Keira Noel Roberts of Needville, Tristan Marshall Amos of Needville and Ian Hunter Amos of Needville.
Funeral services were held at the Shiner Cemetery Pavilion in Shiner. Burial followed in the Shiner Cemetery. Bufington Funeral Home in Shiner was in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.
Eagle Lake Headlight, August 30th, 2007
Roberts, Tom Cook
Tom Cook Roberts, Past 18-Year City Marshal, Expires
Tom C. Roberts, 57, Weimar city marshal for the past 18 years and prominently associated as a peace officer in this section for the past quarter century, expired here Wednesday evening at 6:25 p.m. at the family home.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Roberts and a grandson of Civil War Captain William T. Roberts, the deceased was born at Halmon[Holman], near Weimar, on May 4, 1882. He later moved, along with his parents, to La Grange where he served as a peace officer. Twenty-four years ago, he moved to Weimar and had since made this his home.
Since 1921, he had served as Weimar’s city marshal, city tax assessor and collector. For three years prior to this, he served as night watchman here. He was, for ten years during his eighteen-year regime as city marshal, Fire Marshal for the Weimar Fire Department.
In ill health for several months, he recently returned from a hospital, where he had undergone treatment.
Funeral services are to be held Friday morning at 10 a.m. from the family residence with the Rev. J. G. Palmer, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Survivors include a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts; two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Hubbard, Jr., of Richmond, and Mrs. L. E. Williams of Corpus
Christi; three sons, M. B. Roberts of La Grange, T. N. Roberts of Weimar and William Roberts of Weimar; a brother, George Roberts of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Marsh of Dallas, Mrs. W. B. Watson of Pearsall and four grandchildren, Billy Mike, Florine and Richard Roberts, all of La Grange; and Donald ___Williams of Corpus Christi.
Stores To Close
In respect for the memory of a man who has served Weimar for nearly a quarter century in the role of a peace officer, Mayor Henry J. Laas, Thursday requested, and will circulate a petition to that effect, that the business firms of Weimar close their doors from 10 a.m. to 12 o’clock Friday during the hours of services for the late Mr. Roberts.
The deceased, known widely throughout this section, had been a long-time and faithful officer, honest and efficient and had spent half of his lifetime in the service of the people, enforcing the laws in a quiet and capable manner. His friends are legion and, in his passing, his family members and relatives have the sincere sympathy of all who knew him.
Weimar Mercury, November 17, 1939
The Times gives a rather meagre account of the killing of T. J. Roberts by Phocian Tate. Shots were heard in the billiard saloon belonging to Mr. Tate, and in a few moments Mr. Tate came out and said that he had killed a man. On entering, Mr. Roberts—who was clerking in the house—was found lying on the floor with a Derringer pistol in his left hand. Five shots were fired, three taking effect in the body of the deceased , one going through the left arm. He died almost instantly. Mr. Tate gave himself up, waived an examiniation, and was bound over to appear at the next term of the District court in the sum of three thousand dollars. [burial place unknown]
State Rights Democrat, La Grange, August 30, 1867, page 2
Another Old Soldier Answers Last Roll Call
Mr. T. J. Roberts, known to his many friends everywhere as "Uncle Tom,: died at his home in this city at 7:40 o'clock Tuesday morning. Uncle Tom had not been in good health for several months, although his condition was not considered dangerous until a few weeks ago while visiting relatives in San Antonio when he was taken dangerously ill. Relatives were telegraphed of his condition and went to San Antonio and accompanied him home. Since that time he has been dangerously ill and his death was not unexpected.
Mr. Roberts was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1840. His parents died when he was but seven years of age, leaving him in the world alone to battle for himself. He came to Colorado county, Texas in 1851, and settled on the Bernard. He remained in this county continuously from that time to the breaking out of the civil war, he enlisting on the Confederate side and serving the full four years of that struggle. While skirmishing just a few days before the Second Battle of Manasas, a shell was thrown by the enemy into the Confederate ranks, which exploded and killed the major and several of the men, a piece of the shell striking Mr. Roberts on the calf of his leg, rendering a very severe and painful wound, the scar from which he carried with him to the grave. The first real fight of the year in which Mr. Roberts took part was at West Point on York River, in Virginia. He was under General Joe Johnston on his retreat from Yorktown to Richmond. He took part in the Seven Pines Battle and was also in the seven days' fight before Richmond. After being wounded and unfit for service, he was furloughed and sent back to Texas. After recovering from the wound, he started back to Virginia, but was retained at Shreveport in the fall of '63 on account of not being able to do infantry service and was assigned to cavalry in Brown's Battalion, and here served until the close of the war. Mr. Roberts fought in the same company with Dr. Bruce and Mr. Al Carter of this city, both of his old comrades being present at his funeral. After the close of the war Mr. Roberts returned to Colorado county. He often told of a very interesting incident before the war which caused the people of Western Texas a great deal of uneasiness. It was in 1858, when Gen. Cortina, a Mexican, with his company, started into Texas to invade the state. John Mackey, who lived in Colorado county at that time and who was afterwards county clerk, formed a company to go to the assistance of the people of Western Texas. Mr. Roberts joined this company, which made a double quick time march across the state to meet the Mexican invasion, but on the other side of Wilson county, they were informed that the Mexicans had learned of their movements and had crossed the Rio Grande back into Mexico.
Mr. Roberts was a devoted member of the Baptist church, and a Christian gentleman. "Uncle Tom" was liked by every man, woman and child in the city. He was one of Eagle Lake's most useful and influential citizens. Mr. Roberts has served the city in the capacity of alderman and at the time of his death was county commissioner from this precinct, which office he has held for many years. He was a devoted father, a kind and loving husband. He was one of nature's noblemen, a man whose honesty and truthfulness was unquestioned, and in his death Eagle Lake has lost a grand old man, and an other old, soldier has "Crossed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees."
Mr. Roberts leaves to mourn his death a wife, one daughter, Mrs. W.E. Welford , and three sons, Messrs, T. J. Roberts, Jr., J. E. Roberts and L. D. Roberts, besides numerous another relatives to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy in their irreparable loss. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday morning, conducted by the Baptist pastor, Rev. J. A. Steven, after which the Masons, of which order Roberts was a member of long standing, intered[sic] the body in the Masonic cemetery with Masonic ceremonies.
Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25, 1913
DEATH OF WALTER ROBERTS,
Mr. Walter Roberts, the aged father of our friend. Tom Roberts, expired suddenly at the family home in the northern part of the city last Friday afternoon. We understand that asthma of the heart was the cause of his demise. Mr. Roberts had appeared in his usual health, in fact was down that morning. After dinner he laid down for a nap and while asleep the Death Angel summoned him. The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. G. T. Hester, Methodist pastor, performing the funeral obsequies, which were attended by a large crowd of sympathizing friends. Mr. Roberts had been a resident of this city and section for many years, and was well thought of by all. He was a kindly, good hearted man, with cheery greetings for each and every one he met, and his death Is indeed deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.
Weimar Mercury, May 7, 1920, page 1
Captain W. T. Roberts, father of Mrs. Geo. W. Lewis of Holman, and an old and honored resident of Fayette county, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis last Monday morning, and was buried at the Odd Fellows' cemetery in this city the next day at 11 o'clock. Captain Roberts was a resident of this section for a number of years. He was a gentleman of generous impulses, of quiet, retiring habits, and the possessor of many friends. His death is deeply regretted. Our sincere sympathy is tendered the bereaved relatives and friends.
Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1900