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Irene Hopson Engle Roberts

Irene Hopson Engle Roberts, age 80, 111 Bradshaw Woods Drive, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday evening, December 10, 2013, at her home. A longtime resident of Unicoi County, she was born in Green Mountain, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Clifford and Noro Deaton Hopson. Mrs. Roberts retired, after 28 years of dedicated service, as a seamstress with Industrial Garment. She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a member of the Dorcus Sunday School Class.
She took pride in her home and family and loved to read her entire life.
Other than her parents, Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years, Orvil Engle; an infant daughter, Brenda Sue Engle; two brothers: Howard Hopson and Herbert Hopson.

Survivors include her husband of seventeen years, Jay Will Roberts; three daughters: Linda Engle Fore and husband, Robert L., Johnson City, Patsy Engle Gilbert and husband, Glenn, Erwin, Joyce Engle Davis and husband, David, Johnson City; two step-sons: William Larry Roberts and wife, Helen, North Ridgeville, Ohio and Gary Wayne Roberts, Johnson City; six grandchildren: Tracy Fore Bishop and husband, David, Jonesborough, Sara Gilbert Schwenke and husband, Gary, Erwin, Carl Glenn Gilbert and wife, Anna, Elizabethton, Mark William Gilbert, Erwin, Matthew Allen Davis and Rachel Davis, both of Johnson City; six great grandchildren: Dylan Dean Bishop, Robert David Bishop, Chase Alexander Gilbert, Ava Katherine Gilbert, Dakota Wesley Schwenke and Blake Liam Schwenke; four brothers: Harley Hopson, Jonesborough, Norman Hopson and wife, Nadine, Burnsville, Carl Hopson, Phenix City, Alabama and Clifton Hopson, Ocala, Alabama; three sisters: Charlene Hensley and husband, Fred, Burnsvill e, Francis Whitson, Shirley Peterson and husband, Ronnie, all of Green Mountain.
Numerous nieces and nephews including two beloved nieces: Nora Jean Rickman, Roanoke and Sharon Pendly, Burnsville.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice including Cindy, Deborah and Debbie, also, to mother's caregivers: Cindy Stokes and Anna Stevens and to longtime family friend, Linda Ollis for her kindness and help during mother's illness.

Funeral service for Mrs. Roberts will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend David Crutchfield assisted by Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate. Special music will be provided by Donnette Haun, Karen Ralston, Debbie Morris and Inez Chandler. Active pallbearers will be Carl Glenn Gilbert, Mark William Gilbert, Matthew Allen Davis, David Bishop and Gary Schwenke. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Fore, David Davis, Glenn Gilbert, William Larry Roberts and Gary Wayne Roberts.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service between the hours of 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and other times at her home.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, Tennessee 37650.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Roberts family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Roberts family. (423) 743-1380.