Raba Esther Walley Roberts, age 88 passed peacefully from this earth to her eternal reward on June 12, 2022.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Ethan Gayle Roberts, infant son, Terry Edwin Allen, son Yancey Richard Allen, grandsons Alvin Richard Allen and Christopher Ethan Eubanks, great granddaughters Reagen and Amber Allen, sisters Marie Woodall, Jessie Birk and Kay Hillman, brothers Bill, Joe and Van Walley.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Barbara Revill, brothers in law, Malcolm (Bevely) Cockrell and Philip Cockrell, children, Patti (Willie) Zehner, Anita Holmes, and daughter in love, Arlene Allen. Grandchildren Shanda (Jason) Bunch, Sharlotte Allen, Yancey (Telisha) Allen, Jonathan Sellers, Ariel (Travis Lofton) Allen, Wesley (Derrith) Eubanks, Dillon Zehner, Daniel Zehner, Heather (Eddie Tew) Hickman, Brandon Wilkins, Anderleigh (Jason) Carlson, Taliea (Chris Ainsworth) Hickman, Jared (Merlyn) Holmes. Great Grandchildren are Heather (Jeremy) Clark, Andrew (Ashley Banks) Bedgood, Jacob Bunch, Dalton (Haley) Johnston, Justin Johnston, Harmony Sellers, Payten Allen, Aria, Austin-Alvin, and Andreas Lofton, Brice, Ashlyn, Brileigh, and Gracen Eubanks, Robert Fisher, Skylar Sanford, Delilah and Lucy Tew, Brynnlee and Delta Wilkins, Abbriellah Carlson, Aubree, AnaRae, Rylynn and Jaylynn Carter, Scarlett Ainsworth, Paisley and Payton Holmes. Great-Great Grandchildren, Joseph and Wyatt Clark, Aleigha and Christian Banks. Also left to cherish her memory are a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Raba was an exceptionally talented seamstress, quilter, cook and the most wonderful person to everyone around her. In her early years, she worked as a bookkeeper for several banks, the hospital, local garment factories, and a doctor’s office. Later in life, she and her sisters ran a sewing business, and made beautiful garments for so many people in our community. She created so many exquisite wedding gowns and helped many young ladies’ dreams become reality on their special day. She gifted so many with her beautiful quilts and other items that will be treasured for generations to come. She was a Past Matron of the Eastern Star, and a Past Queen of Daughters of the Nile, both service organizations dedicated to helping the less fortunate. She was truly a blessing to all who were around her, and her passing leaves a tremendous void for everyone who knew her.
The Visitation for Mrs. Raba Roberts will be Monday, June 13, 2022, at Unity Baptist Church from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The Homegoing Service will be Tuesday, June 14, 2022, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary with Bro. Richard Stillwell officiating. Burial will follow in Unity Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers include Wesley Eubanks, Brandon Wilkins, Dillon Zehner, Andrew Bedgood, Daniel Zehner and Brice Eubanks. Honorary Pall Bearers include Yancey Allen, Travis Lofton, Jeremy Clark, James Wilkins, Jared Holmes, Jason Carlson, Jason Bunch and Dempsey Zehner.
Moments Funeral Home, locally owned and operated, is honored to be in charge of these arrangements.