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Donald Roberts

Donald Hayse Roberts

Wednesday, April 21st, 1948 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Obituary

The Rev. Dr. Donald Hayse Roberts, 72, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Born on April 21, 1948, in Hampton, Virginia, he was the son of Donald (Pete) Roberts and Lillian Bradshaw Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Roberts Bickner.

Dr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 49 years, Polly Sheffield Roberts; and two daughters, Amanda Grey Roberts-Motz (husband, Paul) and Susannah Roberts St.Clair (husband, Christopher).

Dr. Roberts received the following degrees/certifications, BA in history from Lynchburg College, MDiv and ThM from Duke Divinity School, CPE from Duke Medical School, and DMin from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He served as a minister at five United Methodist congregations in the Virginia Conference, Halifax UMC, Melrose UMC of Lottsburg, St. Luke’s UMC of Yorktown, Walker Chapel UMC of Arlington, South Roanoke UMC and Blacksburg UMC.

Don was a Christian gentleman, a loving husband and father, a good friend, a fine pastor, and a skilled wood crafter. He had a great sense of humor and loved animals, history, and genealogy.

A private inurnment will be held at the South Roanoke UMC Columbarium. The Rev. Craig Newman, pastor, will officiate at the ceremony. Because of COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Roanoke UMC, 2330 Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24018 or to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Scholarship of the Carilion Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 12187, Roanoke, VA 24016. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.

Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel and Crematory, 540-982-2100.
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Emil Kuelz

Posted at 06:10pm
Pat Kuelz and I (Emil) extend our deepest condolences to Polly and the whole Roberts’ family. Don was our Pastor during his ministry at South Roanoke Methodist Church. Beyond our ministry with him he was one of the nicest people we have ever met. He had an infectious smile and a special, soft, humble, personality. After chatting with him, even about the simplest of matters, you felt better than before you began the chat. You looked forward to chatting with him again. I’m sure that each and every person that met Don came away feeling his warmth like we did.

Lori Gardner

Posted at 02:45pm
Polly, Amanda, & Susannah, I am so very SORRY to hear of Don's passing. He was a truly special man of Christ. You & your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.
Sincerely, Lori Gardner
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Rev. Timothy Earnhardt

Posted at 08:02pm
Polly and family. My heart breaks to hear of Don's passing. Don was my mentor and I have always been thankful that my ministry started with being his assistant at St. Luke's. I am retiring after 30 years next June and was going to see if he could be there. I know he will be looking down at me that day now. He taught me so much during that time. Your family as a whole held a special place in my heart. He allowed me to live in his parents home while I attended school and worked at St. Luke's. I remember many trips to Richmond to Cokesbury and the Bishops office. He treated me like an equal in the ministry, while teaching me. Many lunches together with Don and Brad Phillips, and many more memories, to many to share here. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Midge Morris

Posted at 04:12pm
Polly and family, my heart aches for your loss..I only met Don a few times, but my immediate connection is through Ed and Connie McClain. I remember the day after Don had finally gotten them to agree to a date. I do believe it was a double date, or perhaps dinner at your home. Her eyes shined and she was joyous, recalling to me that her minister and friend has introduced her to this most marvelous man.......Don was a gift to the community and his friends, with his passion for life and strong belief in the next life. He will indeed live on in the lives of those who knew and loved him, as well as those of us who witnessed the love he shared.
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Darrell Hensley

Posted at 09:05am
Dear Polly and family, we are so sorry for your loss, but rejoice with you that Don is at home in Heaven. Don was a perfect example of Christ-likeness, showing humility, compassion, tenderness, and kindness to all. He was always smiling, and always had time for people, especially to listen. He was highly educated, yet communicated on a level that all could understand; Darrell still carries a copy of one of his sermons, "Count Your Blessings" in his work brief case. We were very honored to have Don perform our wedding ceremony in 2008, and will always cherish the photos of him from our wedding. We love Don and Polly, and wish we could honor our Saviour in our relationships as well as they did. We love you, Don, and will miss you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Polly and family, for comfort, strength, and peace in the days and weeks ahead.
Susan and Darrell Hensley
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