Olen Franklin Roberts

December 29, 1935 - May 25, 2019
Olen Franklin Roberts

Olen Franklin Roberts (Frank) age 83 of Wilmington and formerly of Fayetteville passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Frank was born December 29, 1935 in the mountains of Floyd County, GA. He was one of ten (10) children born to James Camby and Sally Adams Roberts.

He was raised on a farm and at the age of seventeen (17) he left home to join the U.S. Army. One of his first assignments was Trieste, Italy. There he met and fell in love with Marta Pecarz. They married and had a daughter, Patricia Louise born in Vicenzia, Italy. Upon coming back to the U.S. Marta gave birth to their son, Olen Frank Jr in Rome, GA.

Frank’s Army career moved them but his last ten (10) years kept the family in Fayetteville, NC while he served three (3) tours in Vietnam 1969, 1971 and 1973. He retired in 1974 and started a second career as a truck driver for Universal Bow Transport.

In 1977, he lost his wife, Marta to Cancer at the age of 46. Frank married again, this time to Linda Cain Short of Fayetteville, NC. Linda had two children, Leta and Ken whom he helped her raise. Frank and Linda had a good life together and upon retirement traveled with many friends in their Motor Home.

In 2007, he again lost his wife, Linda to Cancer. His life slowed down and in 2011, he lost his Daughter, Patricia to Cancer. He continued to enjoy his life with his family until his death.

Frank has two of his sisters (Jewel and Lois) still living along with three children, Frank Roberts Jr, and his fiance Martha Villasenor, Leta Vanstory and her husband Edward, and Ken Short; son in-law Steve Floyd. He has four grandchildren, William Roberts, Melinda Smith, Jonathan Roberts and Amy Stefonowicz and five great grandchildren, Brayden, Morgan and Sloane Roberts and Miah and Londyn Smith.

Funeral services will be 11 am Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the graveside at Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.


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  • May 26, 2019
    Chaplain James Brown 3rd says:
    My prayer goes out to Roberts family.

  • May 26, 2019
    Carolyn Moss says:
    My friend Frank I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I are prating for you and your family.

  • May 26, 2019
    Robbin Bain Jourdan lit a candle:
    Lit since May 26, 2019 at 5:37:24 PM

  • May 26, 2019
    David and Sandy McDougall says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know how much you loved your father. May God comfort you and your family and give you strength during this difficult time.

  • May 28, 2019
    Nancy McCoy Duncan says:
    Mr. Roberts was a wonderful, Southern gentleman. He was such a fine man and I was blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Frankie and Mr. Roberts' entire family.