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Charles 'Raymond' Roberts


KNOXVILLE-Charles “Raymond’’ Roberts, 83, rural Knoxville, passed away at 8:58 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at his home.
He was born west of Abingdon April 1, 1926, the son of John Marion and Bertha Lucille (Morris) Roberts. He married Beatrice L. Cooley Sept. 17, 1998, in Las Vegas. She survives.
He is also survived by daughters, Barbara (Lee) Shook and Raylene J. Roberts, Knoxville; son, Dale E. Roberts Sr., Gilson; stepdaughter, Tonia (Will) Morris, Gilson; grandchildren, Michael E. (Shelley) Roberts, Brad A. Roberts, Dale E. (Carrie) Roberts Jr., Travis L. (Jennette) Petty, Tara L. Petty, Amber L. Hunborg, Cory L. (Jade) Hunborg, Levi W. Morris, Savannah J. Morris; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Vivian (Lester) Combs, Herman; one brother, Ivan (Agnes) Roberts, Knoxville; and a sister-in-law, Maudie Roberts, Galesburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one stepdaughter, two great-grandsons and one brother.
Raymond was reared in Abingdon and Bernadotte. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in 1778th Engineer Construction Battalion in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946. For his time in the service he received the Good Conduct Medal, Campaign and Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Complete Medal, Campaign and Service Victory World War II Medal, Campaign and Service Army of Occupation World War II Medal.
He had been a farmer in the surrounding area since 1949. In his earlier years he drove for L.K. Bandy and worked a winter at Admiral.
In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horses, coonhounds and his Indian and Triumph motorcycles. In his later years, Raymond and Bea traveled all over the U.S. in their motor home or on their Goldwing motorcycles and they traveled to many countries.
Services were held Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville with the Rev. David Shreeves officiating.
Burial was in Abingdon Cemetery with military rites conducted by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 of Galesburg.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Galesburg or to any cancer research.
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