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June 7, 1924-June 26, 2011

HICKORY -- Mrs. Henrietta Briggs Roberts, 87, Hickory passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Kingston Residence.

She was born June 7, 1924, in Asheville, N.C., the daughter of the late Roscoe L. and Mae Rice Briggs.

She was raised in Henderson County.

Henrietta was valedictorian of her high school class. She then attended Brevard Junior College, where she met her husband, Adrian Ray Roberts.

While he was continuing his education at Western Carolina University, their first child, Adrian Ray Roberts Jr., was born.

The family then moved to Mount Olive, N.C., where her husband began his teaching career. Two more children, Roscoe Bryant Roberts and Ben Roberts, joined the family.

When her youngest child entered kindergarten, Mrs. Roberts became a kindergarten teacher. She taught kindergarten for three years at Calypso Elementary, and then for 24 years at Warsaw Elementary.

Henrietta was a member of Warsaw Presbyterian Church in Warsaw, N.C.

She enjoyed working on the genealogy of her family, and was a lifetime member of each of the following: The North Carolina Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Friends of the North Carolina Archives.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian Ray Roberts Sr.; and her son, Dr. Adrian Ray Roberts Jr.

She is survived by son, Roscoe Bryant Roberts, and son, Dr. Ben Roberts and his wife, Patricia, and their son, Benjamin, and three devoted and loving caretakers, Jo Setzer, Faye Russell and Tammy Finger.

The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in the chapel of Bass-Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Bernhardt officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Wayne Memorial Park in Goldsboro, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church, Dupille Fund, 3730 N. Center St., Hickory, N.C., 28601, or Warsaw Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 863, Warsaw, N.C., 28398.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Henrietta Briggs Roberts.


Published in Obituaries on June 28, 2011 1:47 PM