W.D. “Fred” Roberts
W.D. “Fred” Roberts was born in Lockhart, Texas, on April 19, 1926, to Winnie Kelley Roberts and Fred O. Roberts. He passed away peacefully on Nov. 28, 2006, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Fred graduated from Lockhart High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served proudly as a Motor Machinist Mate on PC 817 in the Pacific. A surviving shipmate described Fred
as the strongest man he had ever known, one he could always count on, and a man he was proud to serve with.
Fred worked at Glosserman Chevrolet prior to his military service and returned to his trade as a mechanic after World War II ended. He was the service manager at Glosserman”s for 33 years before opening his own business – Fred Roberts Garage. After he was diagnosed with cancer, he continued to work as often as he could, repairing cars and lawnmowers and sharing early morning coffee with the guys at the auto parts store next door.
Fred was married to Billie Jo Cole on April 25, 1948 and they were blessed with two daughters. He was devoted to his wife Jo and they were looking forward to celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary.
Fred was an avid and passionate hunter. He spent part of the year preparing for deer season and the rest hunting with “Squirt” and their family. Friends and clients always knew if the shop doors were closed in the winter, he was hunting.
Fred was a member of the American Legion Henry T. Rainey Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8927.
He is survived by his loving wife Billie Jo; his daughters, Betsy Hallmark and her husband Bob of Plano and Linda Roberts of Santa Fe, N.M.; his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Robin Hallmark of Irving; Addis Hallmark and his wife Stephanie and their children, Kylie, Ethan and Mason, all of McKinney; and Daniel Roberts of Lockhart. We will all miss his presence, his jokes and his hand-made gifts.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Samson Jesudass, Dr. Robert Kilbourn and the staff of the Southwest Regional Cancer Center, and the doctors and staff at the Center for Cancer Care in San Marcos. Special mention and grateful thanks to the nurses and caregivers of CTMC Hospice.
Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at McCurdy Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, in the McCurdy Memorial Chapel. A graveside service with military honors will follow in Jeffrey Cemetery in McMahan.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Jeffrey Cemetery Association, or a charity of your choosing.
Arrangements were made under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan St., Lockhart, (512) 398-4791.