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Roberts, Anna Catherine (Roensch).

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
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Roberts, Bessie C. (Rhodes)

Mrs. M. L. Roberts, 72, Buried Here

Graveside services were held at Masonic Cemetery here Monday afternoon for Mrs. M. L. Roberts, 72, of Corpus Christi, the former Miss Bessie Rhodes of Oakland.

She died Saturday morning, Jan. 3, at Corpus Christi.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mem Rhodes, she lived at Oakland until her marriage and had lived at Corpus Christi for 50 years or more.

Survivors are her husband,of Corpus Christi; one son, Bobbie Roberts, a Lockhart school teacher, and three grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1970, page 5

Roberts, Dolly (Holman)

DIED, Monday, Jan. 13, 1800[sic], at their family residence in Holman’s Valley, Fayette county, of consumption, Mrs. Dolly Robers[sic], wife of Mr. Walter Roberts, in the 30th year of her age. She was a daughter of the late Mr. Geo. Holman, and was a lady much beloved by everyone She leaves a husband and a number of relatives and friends, to whom The Mercury extends its sincere sympathy. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1890,page 3

Roberts, Doris Dora (Tipp)

Dora Roberts, 95, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, June 23, 1994, in an Eagle Lake nursing home.

Born Aug. 22, 1898, on her parents farm near Eagle Lake, she was the daughter of August and Frances (Lepo) Tipp. A life-long resident of Eagle Lake, she attended local schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church. On Aug. 28, 1916, she married Thomas M[sic]. Roberts at the home of parents.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 27, at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Tommy, Ken and Gerald Roberts and nephews, James, Howard and David Raabe.

She is survived by her sister, Louise Raabe of Weimar; daughter-in-law Clara Roberts Wilson of El Campo; grandchildren Thomas J. Roberts of Angleton, Sandra Van Hoesen of Friendswood, Kenneth R. Roberts of San Antonio, Gerald W. Roberts of Corpus Christi and Theresa Schmidt of Victoria; 10 great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1966, sons Thomas Jefferson Roberts and Daughtry Howard Roberts; sister Ophelia Raabe; granddaughter Kathleen Roberts and daughter-in-law, Agnes Roberts.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 339, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434-0548.

Colorado County Citizen, June 29, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Roberts, Eugene Roensch

Prominent Eagle Lake Man Is Accidentally Killed

A very sad accident happened in Eagle Lake Wednesday night of Last week. Young Roensch Roberts, aged 25 years, cashier of the Eagle Lake State Bank, while cleaning a pistol, accidentally shot himself in the stomach. It was realized at once that the injury was a serious one, and he was taken to St. Joseph's Infirmary in Houston for medical attention, after receiving first aid treatment from local physicians.

The young man bore up under his injuries remarkably well until Friday, when a change for the worse took place, infection having set in. Despite everything that the best of physicians could do, the end came Saturday morning at 7:25. The body was prepared for burial and sent from Houston to Eagle Lake, where interment took place Sunday afternoon [Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]. One of the largest concourses of mourning relatives and friends ever witnessed in South Texas accompanied the remains to their last resting place.

Roensch Roberts was a son of Mr. Eugene Roberts, who is connected with the State Banking Department at Austin. He was a young man of unusual attainments and promise, of genial disposition, upright in his habits and deportment, and regarded by everyone as one of the very finest young men of this section.

His death is indeed deplorable, coming as it did under such tragic circumstances and practically without warning. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones in the terrible misfortune visited upon them.

Roensch is survived by his father, Mr. Eugene Roberts, one sister, Miss Catherine Roberts. student of Baylor College, and one brother, J. E. Roberts, Jr.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1928, page 1

Roberts, Joanne (Cramer)


Joanne Cramer Roberts, 86 of Columbus, passed away April 28 at Magnolia Place.

She was born in Kendallville, Ind., Aug. 24, 1916 to John F. and Evelyn (Myers) Cramer and married Richard Roberts, Sept. 10, 1936.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Margaret Steckley.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Peggy and Mike Ashner of San Antonio and Carol Robert of New Mexico; son and daughter-in-law, John and Kay Roberts of Waco; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Roberts, Julia B. (Haley)

Julia B. Roberts

Julia B. Roberts, 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, August 6.
She was born September 22 1929, in Timpson to Wesley and Julie (Sego) Haley.

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
Submitted by John Konesheck

Roberts, Light David

L. D. Roberts Dies Suddenly At Home Here Last Sat.

Citizens of the community were saddened last week-end to learn of the sudden death of L. D. Roberts, 74, a native of the Eagle Lake area, at his home at 8:15 Saturday evening. Mr. Roberts suffered a heart attack Sunday, September 16th, but apparently was recovering nicely when he passed away suddenly Saturday night.

Funeral services were held from the family residence at 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 24th, with the Rev. Joe R. Townsend, pastor of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: V.T. Matthews, W. E. McRee, John Chumney, T. T. Waddell, D. R. Wintermann, C. E. Johnson. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include: his widow Mrs. L. D. Roberts; one son, T. C. Roberts of Houston, one daughter, Mrs. Florence Mae Rosa of Houston; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Eugene Roberts and Tom Roberts, of Eagle Lake.

All of his life, except for a period of nine years when he traveled as a rice buyer, were spent in this community. He was prominently known in agricultural circles, especially in the rice industry where he was a rice buyer and a rice broker, and for a few years participated in raising of rice.

He actively participated in community affairs and was an out-spoken advocate of the principles for which he stood.

His love for the great outdoors was particularly emminent [sic] in his trophy room where beautiful specimens are symbolic of many hunting and fishing adventures.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 27, 1955
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Roberts, Lorena Mae (Korthauer)

Lorena Mae Roberts

September 16,1888 - January 24,1990

Mrs. Lorena Mae Roberts, 101, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, January 24,1990 at 9:35 a.m. at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born September 16, 1888 in Knittleville, Texas, one of six daughters born to William H. and Florence Edna Cook Korthauer. The family moved to Eagle Lake where she had spent most all of her life until Moving to Houston in 1959. On December 15,1907 she and Light David Roberts were united in marriage in Eagle Lake. She was a member of die Braes Baptist Church of Houston the Order of Eastern Star. She Her husband in 1956; her parents; a daughter, Florence Mae Carter, and four sisters preceded her, in death. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, T. C. and Martha Roberts of Houston a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Smith of Corpus Christi; seven grandchildren, David Carter, Thomas C. and Patricia Roberts, Richard and Joyce Roberts, Gene and Sue Roberts; 12 great grandchildren; 11 great - great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held from die Dulany Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 26, widi Rev. Joe Stutts, pastor of Braes Baptist Church of Houston, officiating. A granddaughter, Mrs. Richard (Joyce) Roberts sang two Favorite hymns, "Amazing Grace" and "The Lord's Prayer". Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were grandsons Richard, Gene and Thomas C. Roberts Jr., and nephews, Greg and Lewis Kopecky and Jerry Gibson. Sympathy is extended to die family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 1, 1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Roberts, Martha (Janik)

Martha Janik Roberts

Martha Janik Roberts, 91, born April 21, 1915, died February 21, a Good Christian Catholic and Good Mom died on Ash Wednesday.

She is survived by three sons, eight grandchildren; and many great grandchildren

Martha was preceded in death by her husband; T.C. Roberts.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 24, at 10 a.m. at Eagle Lake Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Thomas C. Roberts, Eugene F. Roberts, Jerry Gibson, Louis Kopecky, Van Ramos, and Stephen Roberts.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 1st, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Roberts, Richard


Richard Roberts, 87, of Columbus passed away April 20 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Kendalville, Ind. Oct. 6, 1915 to David and Imogene Roberts and married Joanne Cramer Sept. 10, 1936.

He was a self-employed photographer and furniture salesman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Natalie Young.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Peggy and husband Mike Ashner of San Antonio and Carol Roberts of New Mexico; son, John and wife Kay Roberts of Waco; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 22 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Pastor Andrew Pete officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery

Colorado County Citizen, April 30, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

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

Roberts, Thomas J.

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

Roberts, Thomas Jefferson

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

Roberts, Walter T.


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

Roberts, WilliamTroy

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
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