Delbert L. "Bud" Roberts, Sr., 81, of Sopchoppy, Florida, passed away Friday, February 22, 2008 in Carrabelle, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Zylphia Crum Roberts of Sopchoppy, Florida. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Harvey-Young Funeral Home in Crawfordville, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2008 at Sopchoppy Southern Baptist Church, 117 Curtis Mill Road, Sopchoppy. Burial will follow at West Sopchoppy Cemetery in Sopchoppy.
Bud was a U.S. Navy salvage diver during World War II. He retired as an Assistant Chief Engineer at the Sam O. Purdom Power Generation Station from the City of Tallahassee in 1977 after 25 years of service. He served as a Wakulla County Commissioner from 1980 to 1984. He was a deacon at Sopchoppy Southern Baptist Church for many years and also a member of the Sopchoppy Lions Club.
He is survived by two sons: Delbert L. Roberts, Jr. (and wife Marian) of Catlett, Virginia, and Crandall D. Roberts (and wife Deedie) of Sopchoppy; one daughter: Dianne Gerrell (and husband Ted) of Wakulla; one daughter-in-law: Cathy Roberts of Crawfordville; eight grandchildren: Anthony and Daniel Roberts, Stacey Aries, Jeremy Putnal, Cameron and Brandi Roberts, and Eli and Heath Gerrell; three brothers: Bill Roberts of Sopchoppy, Randolph and Eddie Earl Roberts of Tallahassee; four sisters: Laveda Raker and Elizabeth Smith of Sopchoppy, Florida, Callie Quigg of Crawfordville, Florida, and June Seymour of Tallahassee; one half-sister: Lucille Godwin of Spartanburg, South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of brothers and sister-in-laws, and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son, J. L. Roberts; his mother, Delma Raker Roberts; his father, John R. Roberts; and a brother, M. L. Roberts.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Harbor Breeze Assisted Living Facility of Carrabelle and Big Bend Hospice for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Harbor Breeze Assisted Living Facility, 312 N. E. Avenue D., Carrabelle, FL 32322; or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308-5428; or Sopchoppy Southern Baptist Church, 117 Curtis Mill Road, Sopchoppy, FL 32358.
This announcement originally published on February 22, 2008.