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Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
Sunday July 24th, 2022

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Hugh Frank Roberts

Hugh F. Roberts, who lived most of his life in Blount County, TN, passed away on July 21, 2022 at Athens Place Assisted Living Community with his wife of almost 66 years, Barbara Kirkpatrick Roberts, at his side.  Hugh was born July 4, 1935, in Blount County, to James L. and Sue Coulter Roberts.
Hugh was a longtime, active member of Broadway Baptist Church in Maryville, where he taught Sunday School.  He also worked with World Changers, building ramps on a volunteer basis for people who needed easier access to their homes.  He had many other interests as well.  He served as Leader of Boy Scout Troop 86 for 20 years, where 22 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout under his tenure.  He received the Silver Beaver Award from the Tuckaleechee Scouting District.  Hugh was an accomplished woodworker, specializing in the construction of dulcimers.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing vegetables and roses, and was an avid fishermen.  He also was a passionate fan and supporter of the Lady Vols Basketball Team as a member of their Booster Club, where he served as president for two terms.
Hugh attended Porter School in Wildwood and then Hiwassee College in Madisonville; at the latter he met Barbara Kirkpatrick, whom he married in 1956.  He retired from Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) where he was a supervisor for many years in the Construction Department.  Barbara also retired from ALCOA.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, Hugh is survived by his nephew Bob (Susan) Wilson; sisters-in-law Elaine Kirkpatrick, Carol Taylor, and Pam Kirkpatrick; nieces Melanie (Rick) Bibee, Amy (Jason) Pouliot, and Meredith (David) Cook, and great-niece Jennifer Puett, as well as other nieces and nephews; and his longtime fishing buddy A.J. Myers.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Alice Wilson; parents-in-law Howard and Mildred Kirkpatrick; nephew Rick Wilson, and niece Connie Taylor.
Special thanks to the staff of Athens Place and Hearth Hospice for their support and care over the last several months, and especially to niece Melanie Bibee and her husband Rick, who have provided unwavering care and countless acts of practical support during the past few years.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 PM, Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Maryville, TN with Rev. Jim Snyder officiating.  In lieu of flowers, please leave a story or thought for the family at www.laycock-hobbs.com/obituaries/Hugh-Roberts 
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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You are missed, Uncle Hugh. Sending much love to Aunt Barbara and the rest of our beautiful family.

Meredith Womac Cook Aug 1 2022 2:48 PM

Barbara, just saw that Hugh had passed away and wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Hugh was always such a kind man and,obviously, accomplished so many wonderful milestones. I know he will be missed but how reassuring to know that he is pain free and home with his savior.

Sharon Boone Jul 25 2022 2:43 PM

Barabra you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s love surround you.

Regena Moore Jul 25 2022 1:12 PM

So very sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. He was a great man and special cousin. Praying for his family.

Harold Coulter Jul 24 2022 10:17 PM

Hugh and Barbara are very dear to us. He was a wonderful, caring man, willing to help any in need. He made a most beautiful cabinet to display mission’s materials and things brought in from our many missionaries for Broadway Baptist Churc, Maryville

Bill and Rita McCarter Jul 23 2022 8:04 PM

My husband Tom Axley helped Hugh with the Scouts and my son earned his Eagle under Hugh's leadership.
Hugh was a leader and a good person. Barbara,thinking of you .

Karen Axley Jul 23 2022 2:25 PM

Sorry to lose my long time buddy and fishing partner. Will miss him. We had some wonderful times together.

AJ Myers Jul 23 2022 10:32 AM

So sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. My son Robert was one of his achievers for the Eagle Award. He touched the lives of many people. Always helping in any way he could.

RJ and Carolyn Cunningham. Jul 23 2022 8:06 AM