William “Smitty”/”Bill” Roberts

July 11, 1938 - June 21, 2012
William “Smitty”/”Bill” Roberts


William “Bill” “Smitty” Lee Roberts was called from this life to be with his Lord and Maker, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

He was born in Wilmington on July 11, 1938 to the late Juanita Batson Roberts and Benjamin Franklin Roberts and was raised by his grandparents, Stella and Lloyd Smith.

He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1957 and attended Cape Fear Technical Institute where he received an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired from International Paper in Riegelwood, NC where he had worked for 42 years as an Electrical Designer/Engineer. He also owned and operated, Roberts Electric Co.

“Smitty” was married to the love of his life, Doris Jacqueline Hewett Roberts on February 11, 1957, a life time love for 55 years. He was an active member of the Apostolic Tabernacle under the ministry of Pastor Lundy Logue where he served on the Board of Trustees and was a worship leader for many years.

He was a son, husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many, but more than all of that he was a great man of God and a true and faithful servant.

He is survived by his wife, Doris ”Jackie” Roberts and his three daughters, Sheri Graham and husband Wayne, Debbie Chappell and husband Randy, and Kelly Suggs and husband Darrell. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Garrett Wade Chappell, Lauren Alexandria Suggs, Logan “Blue” Graham, Jeffrey Wayne Graham and Jonathan Delmas Graham.

The family will see friends from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Apostolic Tabernacle, 712 Wellington Ave., Wilmington and at other times at the home. 237 Windchime Way, Leland.

His Homecoming Services will be held 11 am Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Apostolic Tabernacle officiated by Pastor L.E. Logue. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Apostolic Tabernacle Building Fund, 712 Wellington Ave., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • June 25, 2012
    Roy Barnhill, Jr says:
    Smitty was more than a friend, he was family. Fifty years of memories will forever be etched in my mind. He blessed churches in North & South Carolina with his electrical ability. The Pentecostals in Lumberton, NC are forever indebted to this great and godly man and the tens of thousands of dollars he save the church in three projects. Bro. Smitty, you were faithful and now are in the presence of the Father. Enjoy your reward and enjoy your reunion with your ole buddy, Dad!!!

  • June 24, 2012
    Bro. Scott Williams says:
    To the Roberts family..I am sorry for the loss of a true friend...Brother in the LORD..and a papa . Me and papa go way back to when I had brain surgery. Papa brought a gift to me before I had the surgery..to spending the night with him and memaw & getting up the next morning mowing their three acres of lawn. Other times me and papa would be installing electrial wire under the houses we worked on together (which I did all the dirty work) which was fun. I will miss Papa Roberts. He was a true friend, brother & a Great Papa. He will always be in my heart. He made it...All the way home !!! Love u

  • June 24, 2012
    Bro. & Sis. Tommy Williams says:
    To the Roberts family, Ps. 37:37 states mark the perfect man, and behold the upright...truly he was both.He was a great friend both on & off the job.He was a mentor a example a prayer warrior a pillar to be leaned upon always with a humble spirit.He was a blessing to my whole family,who will forever be missed.Our prayers & thoughts are with you all now and always.

  • June 22, 2012
    Ron&Mary Law says:
    To the family of Bro. Roberts, You are in our thoughts and in our PRAYERS. SINCERE SYMPATHY Bro. Ron & Sis. Mary Law

  • June 25, 2012
    stephanie stroud says:
    I am sorry to see Billy go but I know he is with the lord. He was the happiest man I ever did see and never did I see him without a smile on his face. I will truly miss him. My condolences to the family and my prayers and thoughts are with them at this time. Love Stephanie