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Olean Roberts

Olean Roberts, age 85, 750 Carolina Avenue, Apt 129-A, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her residence while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late John and Dora Buchanan Roberts.

Olean was a homemaker and a member of Buffalo Valley Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Jack Roberts; two daughters: Martha Lee Roberts and Dora Lou Chandley; one granddaughter, Melissa Byrd; two brothers: George and Ralph Roberts; five sisters: Inis Yarber, Mary Bennett, Joy Osburn, Martha Laughren and Lois Reeser.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Clifford Odell Roberts; three daughters: Elizabeth Renfro, Rosa Lee Roberts and Debbie Roberts; two sisters: Frances Horton and Merle Laughren; thirteen grandchildren: Terry Lee Burger, Timmy Lee Roberts, Heather Davis, Lawrence Davis, Natasha Foster, Amy Roberts, Shay McAmis, Eric Roberts, Samantha Griffin, Heath Renfro, Andrea Robinette, Amanda Robinette and Andy White; many great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Verlie Roberts; special friend, Paul Byrd; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dallas Gregg will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Linda Ayers and Jamie Black. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday in the Buchanan Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Terry Lee Burger, Ethan Burger, Ryan Burger, Nick McAmis, Andy White and Joseph Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Roberts, Thomas McAmis, Lawrence Davis, Timmy Roberts, Heath Renfro and Kayden White. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home by 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Roberts family.  (423) 743-1381.