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Mary Ella Thaxton Roberts


Mary Ella Thaxton Roberts, 95, of Granville County passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at her home.

Mary was born in Granville County to the late William Merritt Thaxton and Beulah Haithcock. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Community Gardens Cemetery in Stem by Reverend David Herman. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
Graveside Service:

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Patricia Hixson of Creedmoor; a son, David Roberts of Oxford; a sister, Sue Thaxton Woodlief of Durham; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Roberts; a granddaughter Gina Hixson; two children, Owen Roberts and Larry Roberts; three brothers, Ralph Thaxton, Thomas Thaxton and Dan Thaxton and her precious daughter-in-law Carol Roberts.

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

Eakes Funeral Home will be following social distancing guidelines and ask that all in attendance wear a mask or appropriate face covering.


  • Renee Mangum Posted January 17, 2021 8:57 pm

    Patricia I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  • Brenda Brogden Posted January 18, 2021 2:59 am

    David, Patricia and the entire family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Ella. I have many fond memories of her and will miss her so much. She was such a special person and she loved all of her Tar River Girls” as she referred to us! I know she is pain free and is celebrating with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She loved
    her “Tar River Girls” and we loved her dearly! May God wrap his arms around each of you during this time and the days ahead. Rest In Peace Mary Ella. I love you!

  • Lynn Royal Posted January 18, 2021 5:02 pm

    Dear David and Patricia and family,

    I am so sorry to hear that your Mom had passed. She was a wonderful and sweet lady and she will be missed. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending big hugs and prayers your way during this time.

  • Janet Player Posted January 18, 2021 8:05 pm

    So sorry your mom was a sweet lady. Made some great cakes!

  • Shirley B Outland Posted January 18, 2021 9:44 pm

    Our deepest prayers for Patricia, David and the rest of the family. She was such a sweet and dear lady.

  • Martha Bailey Posted January 18, 2021 10:15 pm

    David and I are sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

  • Frank Bolton Posted January 19, 2021 1:44 am

    Sorry for your loss God’s Speed and many blessings to the family Frank B.

  • Annie Hicks Posted January 19, 2021 5:54 am

    Im so sorry about mary Ella Ted and. Mary ella were momma and daddy’s favorite of all of aunt normies kids you are in prayers. God bless you and David

  • Joyce Newton Davis Posted January 19, 2021 12:46 pm

    We are so very sorry to hear about Mary Ella. She was a sweet lady. Our prayers are with the family at this time.

  • Mack Taylor Posted January 19, 2021 12:47 pm

    So sorry to hear of the death of your mother. This past year has not been good for all of us.

  • Vivian Overton Wright Posted January 19, 2021 6:12 pm

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Praying for God’s comfort for all the family.

  • Nancy Adrian Posted January 19, 2021 7:17 pm

    Aunt Mary Ella was a “Steel Magnolia.” Such a strong person, but so sweet. I will miss her terribly and it will hurt the 1st Christmas I come in with Steve knowing she won’t be there but I smile to think of her and Uncle Ted reunited alongside Owen, Carol, Larry and other members of the family. Prayers for David and Patricia!
    Nancy and Steve

  • Lana ONeal Posted January 19, 2021 11:36 pm

    Patricia, so sorry to hear about Mary Ella. She was such a sweet and beautiful women. You and all your family are in my prayers. Watched the service today and it was beautiful. He did a great job in letting everyone just what a wonderful Mom and friend she was to everyone. Love you and may God bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.

  • Dorothy G Evans Posted January 20, 2021 2:27 pm

    Patricia, David, and other family members….please accept my sympathy at this sad time. I just heard about Mary Ella’s death this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I had never seen a picture on Mary Ella as a young woman until now. She was beautiful. I always enjoyed talking with her. Love you all. Dorothy

  • Deborah Watson Posted January 20, 2021 7:06 pm

    Patricia & family, So sorry to hear about your mother.I know the void you must feel.May you feel God’s loving arms around each of you.She is in His care now. Love Deborah & Dean

  • Carolyn A Overton Posted January 20, 2021 9:24 pm

    I will keep you in my prayers Patricia and your brother David. It is hard to lose a Mother. One day we will see them again. I know your children will miss her to! She was a sweet lady! If I can do any thing for you just let me know!

  • Carolyn A Overton Posted January 20, 2021 9:27 pm

    Patricia if I can do any thing for you and David let me know! Your Mother was a sweet Lady.!

  • Carolyn A Overton Posted January 20, 2021 9:30 pm

    Patricia if I can do any thing for you or David let me know. You Mother was a sweet Lady!

  • Janice Rogers Posted January 22, 2021 1:08 am

    Patricia, You and the rest of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Cathy Tillotson Posted January 24, 2021 10:50 am

    Patricia and David, what a sad time losing your mom. I have so many fond memories of being at her house and the store. My prayers are with the two of you. May your wonderful memories comfort you now and the days to come. She was loved by so many! I will miss her.

  • Kathy Pennell Posted January 24, 2021 1:05 pm

    Patricia and David, You have suffered so much throughout the years, caring for and losing so much family. You are strong and I have faith you will continue to be strong. I will continue to have faith in you and our Lord.

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