Howard Deual Roberts “Jelly Man”, 90, of Salisbury passed away, November 19, 2020 at his home after a period of declining health.
He was born August 17, 1930 in Belmont, NC to the late Bernard Roberts and Monnie Davis Roberts.
Howard served his country for over 22 years in the Army, he was first served in Japan, then the Korean war started, he enjoyed his military service, while serving he received a Purple Heart amongst other metals and awards, he retired during the Vietnam war. He was a long time member of Universal Baptist Church where he was a Choir Director. He loved spending time with his family, and his puppy Pepper.
He was preceded in death by a son Bryan Roberts, and 2 step sons, Christopher and James, one sister, Cleo Broughman, four brothers, Hoyt Roberts, Joseph Roberts, Clyde Roberts, and Worth Roberts.
Those left to cherish his memory, his wife Debbie Norris Roberts, three daughters, Crystal (Kris), Terry (Bill) and Gina, all of Columbia, SC, two sisters, Rachel Henley (Bill) of Gastonia Dorothy Adams of Belmont, and six grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM Tuesday, November 24, at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Brown officiating, burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 27, at Salisbury National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, at Whitley’s Funeral Home, prior to the service.
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