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John Thomas Roberts

John Thomas Roberts, 86, of Creedmoor passed away Friday, May 20,2022 at Duke University Medical Center.

J.T. was born in Granville County to the late Eulis Thomas Roberts and Ruthie Mae Forsythe. He joined the United States Army National Guard at an early age and served his country for forty-three years before retiring from the Maintenance Battalion as a W-4. He loved his military brothers and sisters. After retiring, J.T. worked for Napa/Walker Auto Parts for fourteen years and often said that one of his favorite things to do was visit with his mechanic friends when delivering parts. J.T. loved his Napa family and looked forward to going to work every day. He was an avid Nascar fan and loved motorcycles, vintage cars and tractors, boxing, watching western movies and always had a Pontiac in the driveway. John never met a stranger and loved his family more than life itself.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10:00 am-10:45 am at Eakes Funeral Home, 832 N Main St Creedmoor, followed by funeral services at 11:00 am officiated by Reverend David Richardson. Graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 3712 Cheek Road, Durham NC immediately following the service.

J.T. is survived by his son, Cliff Roberts; four granddaughters, Kirsty English (Shane), Kymber Roberts (Evan), Kyndall Roberts (Grayson) and Krstyn Thorpe (Donnie); a grandson, Clint Roberts (Mysti); four great-grandchildren, Karolyne, Sawyer, Kayla and Taylar; two sisters, Barbara Jean Currin (C.W) and Linda Allen (Tommy); one brother, E.H. Roberts (Trudy); a special and dear friend, Lisa Pennell and dozens of cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Roberts, a son, Ricky Roberts and a sister Nell Emory.

John, “J.T.”, “Papa John” will be missed by every soul that ever met or knew him.

Please dress causal, it’s what our J.T. would have wanted and preferred. (Jeans are welcome)


  • Connie Mack Harding Posted May 31, 2022 4:29 pm

    Mr. J.T. was the best guy you could have for a friend….. For all his friends he had an helped you could fill Carter Finley Football Stadium. Thanks J.T. we will miss you Sir. God help an protect the Robert’s family during this time.

  • Ella Jo Thompson Posted May 31, 2022 9:32 pm

    Cliff: I am so very sorry to hear the news about your dad. I can’t imagine losing your brother and dad so close together. I pray for you and all of those wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren because I know what joy they brought to your dad and mom. Please know how much I loved your parents and will miss those Sunday phone calls so much. They were so special to me.

    Love, Ella Jo

  • Kathy Garner Posted May 31, 2022 11:27 pm

    JT, Mr John…always loved to wait on the family years ago at Lakeside Restaurant, guess it’s how I met this wonderful family. John, Bonnie and Cliff and Ricky. Then within the last 14 years I would get to see John at Bojangles for breakfast when I would stop on my run to CertainTeed, loved sitting with him to say Hello. Just saw him on the street at Finch’s a few weeks ago and he looked good, so glad I have that memory. Prayers for peace and comfort for his Family, I know he will be greatly missed. Awesome gentleman. With love Kathy and Gary Garner

  • Ted Bradsher Posted May 31, 2022 11:40 pm

    Mr John was certainly a great mentor for me when serving together as a warrant officer’s in the Guard, praying for the family and his great friends

  • Douglas M. Vaughan Jr Posted June 2, 2022 6:48 am

    I am sorry for you loss. I served with John for several years in the NC National Guard. God bless.

  • Thomas Hudson Posted June 2, 2022 5:21 pm

    Cliff and Family members. I always enjoyed talking to John when he came to Bob’s BbQ. He was good person. I know Bonnie and John are holding hands in heaven. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Betty McAllister Posted June 2, 2022 6:07 pm

    John and Bonnie were my neighbors for 40 plus years, since we moved to Creedmoor. John could not have been a better neighbor or friend. Bill and I thought the world of him. As Bill’s health deteriorated, John drove his green machine and cut our grass every time he cut his own. I am sure he and Bill have already found each other and are laughing together again. May God hold John’s family closely in support and comfort today, and in the days ahead. John was a good man, a kind man, a caring man. I will miss him greatly.

  • Walter Ezzell Posted June 3, 2022 12:42 am

    I first met John in 1989. From the first time I met him you could tell that he was always open to being your friend. He was always pleasant and treated me with all the respect that I could ever expect. I am proud to say that it was a pleasure to have known him and his family. I am a believer in God and I also think that our Master has his arms around John. It is with the deepest respect that I can say you will be missed and I salute you for the person you were and the outlook that you gave others by your actions.

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