“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24 (NIV)
Paul Roberts Sr. passed from death into everlasting life Feb. 23, 2021 at 11:23 a.m. He was surrounded by his family’s love and prayers as he entered the arms of his Savior.
Paul was born to R.R. “Red” and Ruby Pruett Roberts on April 4, 1937 in a dog-trot house on the banks of Wasp Lake in Belzoni. He learned to love the land at an early age as he began farming with his father. For 83 years he enjoyed working the Delta soil of Humphreys County as a producer of cotton, soybeans, wheat, corn and catfish.
He married Patricia Ann “Pat” Outlaw on Aug. 24, 1958 and they celebrated 62½ years of marriage. They were blessed with two sons, Paul Jr. and Pepper.
Paul is survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Paul Jr. (Denise) and Pepper (Crystal); special children,
David Moler and Sue Moler Hawkins (Ben); five grandchildren, Russell (Julie), Abby, Jillian, James and Joseph; one great-grandson, Owen; three special grandchildren, Miranda (Hunter), Kinsey (Jason) and Madison; and three special great-grandchildren, Noah, Landry and Luke.
He is also survived by his brother, Bobby (Camille), and a host of other family members and loving friends whom he considered his extended family.
Paul graduated in 1955 from Belzoni High School. In 1959, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in Agricultural Engineering. While at MSU he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
Paul served in the Miss. Army National Guard and upon completion of his six months of active duty service he returned to full-time farming. He often attributed his success in farming to the hard work of his sons and many good men who labored side by side with him daily.
He developed a love for aeronautics and earned his private pilot’s license. Many hours of flight were enjoyed in his Cessna 172 and he passed that love of flying on to the next two generations.
Paul was faithful in supporting his local community and was a charter member of the first Humphreys County Catfish Festival committee as well as a founding member of Producer’s Feed. Paul professed his faith in Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and secretary of the children’s department for many years. He was a founding member of the FBC Student Scholarship program which is still active today.
A memorial service in celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Eastside Baptist Church in Belzoni.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the following: Eastside Baptist Church, 808 Virginia Street, Belzoni, MS 39038; First Baptist Church, 302 Pecan Street, Belzoni, MS 39038; Indianola Academy, PO Box 967, Indianola, MS 38751; Humphreys Academy, PO Box 179, Belzoni, MS 39038; or UMMC Radiation Oncology Department, Office of Development/UMMC, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216-4505 (please make check payable to: Radiation Oncology).