Ronald William “Bill” Roberts, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on August 4, 2023, at Abingdon Health and Rehab. Born on September 23, 1946, in Sullivan County, Tennessee, to the late Lacy Washington Roberts and Frances Kathleen Denton-Stevens Roberts. Bill lived a remarkable life filled with passion, hard work, and kindness.
In his early career, Bill found joy in building houses. With dedication and craftsmanship, he poured his heart into every project he undertook. Alongside this endeavor, he played a pivotal role as one of the founders of the Green Spring Volunteer Fire Department. For countless years, he selflessly served as a fireman, always ready to rush to the aid of those in need. Bill's commitment to the safety and well-being of his community was truly admirable.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Bill possessed a unique talent for working on cars. He owned his own garage where he repaired vehicles with care and precision. There seemed to be no challenge too great for him; if something needed fixing or attention, Bill was the person to call. His willingness to lend a hand or offer support extended far beyond his professional responsibilities.
Bill's warm heart and welcoming nature endeared him to all those who knew him. He was a loving husband to Mary Louise Musick Roberts and a dedicated father to Michelle Thomas, Angie Roberts, and their families. As a grandfather to Anthony Thomas, he reveled in creating lasting memories with his adored grandson.
People were drawn to Bill's gentle spirit and generous soul. Friends and neighbors often sought assistance at all hours of the day at both his house and garage; they knew that Bill would be there with open arms or a trusty tool whenever they needed help. His unwavering kindness uplifted countless hearts and made the world a brighter place.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Musick Roberts and brother-in-law, Randy Stephenson.
Survivors include his daughters, Michelle Thomas and her husband Jim Harrell, and Angie Roberts; brother, Wilbert Roberts; three sisters, Sandra Widener and her husband, Gene, Carmie Price and her husband Bob, and Jackie Stephenson, one grandson, Anthony Thomas.
Graduating from Holston Valley High School, Bill was a lifelong learner who believed in the power of education. His thirst for knowledge and eagerness to grow as an individual were inspirational to all who knew him.
Today, as we bid farewell to Bill Roberts, we remember him as a beacon of light in our lives. His legacy of compassion, hard work, and unwavering support will continue to guide and inspire us. While our hearts ache with the loss of such an extraordinary soul, we find solace in knowing that his spirit will live on through the love he shared with us all.
In honor of Bill's memory, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family of Ronald William “Bill” Roberts is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, Main Street location, 427 E. Main Street, Abingdon VA 276-623-2700.