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Josie Roberts

Josie Roberts, age 86, 911 Lower Higgins Creek Road, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord at 10:05 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was born February 1, 1927 in Yancey County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Roscoe and Mima Phillips and since the age of 16 has lived in Unicoi County.
Mrs. Roberts was a former painter at Southern Pottery and was a homemaker. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and sister.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Roberts in 1987 and three brothers, Guy Phillips, Floyd “Jack” Phillips and Lloyd Phillips.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by two sons, Hobart Roberts and wife Elizabeth Ann and Larry Roberts, all of Erwin; three grandchildren, Doug Roberts and wife Emma, Erwin, Chassidy Roberts Sisco and husband Matt, Louisville, Kentucky and April Richardson and husband Travis, Boise, Idaho; one brother, Ed Phillips and wife Lynda, Unicoi; three sisters, Athleen Franklin, Jonesborough, Alma Fender and Elva Harris, both of Erwin; two sisters-in-law, Doris Phillips, Seneca, South Carolina and Sue Phillips Cox, Erwin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service for Mrs. Roberts will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from Erwin Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Stephen Lloyd will officiate.
Special music will be provided by soloist, Bill Etheridge and organist, Inez Chandler. Active pallbearers will be Charles Miller, Jim Randolph, Dewayne Phillips, Hobart Roberts, Larry Roberts and Doug Roberts.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Committal service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Evergreen Cemetery.
Those attending the committal are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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

Erwin Memorial Funeral Home, 1015 North Main Street , Erwin, is privileged to serve the Roberts family. (423) 743-1390.