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Owen Theodore Roberts Jr.

Owen Theodore Roberts, Jr. 76, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

A native of Granville County, he was the son of the late Owen Theodore Roberts. Owen was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and retired from the Granville County School System with twenty-five years of service. He served as a Granville County Commissioner of District 5 and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Thursday, July 23, 2020 in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. David Herman. Burial will be in Community Gardens in Stem. Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 AM prior to the Funeral Service at the Funeral Home. You may access the funeral service by clicking on the following link:
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He is survived by his Mother, Mary Thaxton Roberts of Oxford; a sister, Patricia Roberts Hixson of Creedmoor, a brother, David Merritt Roberts of Oxford; a niece, Lauren Roberts of Franklinton; nephews, Eric and Bryant Hixson of Creedmoor and a niece, Wendy Bowling and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-two years, Carol Roberts; and a brother, Larry Roberts, and a niece Gina Hixson

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Granville County Animal Shelter, 5650 Cornwall Rd., Oxford, NC 27565.

Eakes Funeral Home will be observing social distancing for all services, and asks everyone in attendance to wear a mask.


  • Joe Haskins Posted July 22, 2020 1:29 pm

    Owen was a fine man who served his country and his family. May God bless the family . He will be missed.

  • Kathy Boyd Posted July 22, 2020 1:58 pm

    I have many fond memories of Owen. I had the distinct privilege of working with Owen when I started my teaching career at Mary Potter many, many years ago. One of the fondest was at Halloween when a group of teachers dressed up as witches, Dracula, etc. and went through the school. We were reprimanded by the assistant principal for doing this, but we had a good time, and the students loved it. May he rest in peace. I’ll never forget him.

  • Nancy W Biggers Posted July 22, 2020 4:46 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Owen and I worked together for several years at Hawley Middle School. I am so glad I had an opportunity to reconnect with Owen a couple of summers ago when he was at Atlantic Beach.
    Rest in peace my good friend.

  • Vernon Morton Posted July 22, 2020 5:28 pm

    I always loved hearing Owen sing and play his guitar. Wonderful musical presentations of hymns and southern gospel music, sometimes performed with Carol. He always added a history lesson connected to the music or related to it in some way that made the song even more special. When I heard of his passing, the song that came to mind immediately was “The Far Side Banks of Jordan” which I envision as Carol and Owen together again. Rest in peace my friends and enjoy eternity together knowing that your music still rings in our hearts and minds.

  • Christine Hite Posted July 22, 2020 7:41 pm

    Such a nice gentleman he was my teacher at Mary Potter School.

  • Sha Posted July 23, 2020 12:36 am

    Mr. Roberts was my high school teacher. Was always nice and humble. I always liked him. He would always joke about himself as the “Wilton Flash” playing basketball in his younger days.

  • Debbie Butcher Posted July 23, 2020 2:28 pm

    I worked with Owen for several years at Hawley Middle School. I will always be thankful for the laughter he brought into my life. He loved the children and they knew it. Job well done,Owen. Rest In Peace.

  • Mary Ann Lunsford Posted July 23, 2020 5:56 pm

    A wonderful teacher and a kind man, gone too soon. He will be missed.

  • Mary Mangum Stevenson Posted July 24, 2020 8:01 pm

    I am so sad to hear this. Mr. Roberts was my 5th grade teacher at Hawley Middle School. I remember him inviting our entire class to his home at the end of the school year for a cookout. He and his wife were so kind and we all had a great time. I am so sad to hear of his passing. He will be missed. May he Rest In Peace.

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