Claude Erwin Roberts was born on July 29, 1929 in Vernon and joined his maker on Dec. 6, 2014 in Round Rock after a brief illness. He will be laid to rest in Vernon. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Billie Holley Roberts, son Don Erwin Roberts, and parents Claude H. and Jewell Cato Roberts.
He is survived by his daughters, Shirley Choate and Debbie Harris: son-in-laws Jim Choate and Terry Harris of Midland, and daughter Nancy Martinez of Grandview; seven grandchildren, Jamie Bynum, Brent Harris, Shelby Pyle, Justin Harris, Chad Martinez, Brandon Harris and Matthew Martinez; 12 great grandchildren, Shawn, Kelsey, Clayton, Haley, Meredith, Joey, Holley, Brandon, Dade, Carson, Kiylie and Emma; one brother, Gerald Wayne Roberts; brothers and sister-in-laws Jimmy and Peggy Holley, Pat and Herb Bell; and nephews Mike and Mark Roberts.
Claude started his career as an apprentice brick mason under his father and continued as owner of Roberts Construction Company in Midland. They specialized in custom brick, tile and stone work. In 1987 he retired as a postal tour 3 supervisor after over 20 years of service in the United States Postal Service.
He served in the National Guard from 1947 to 1968 and retired as a Captain.
He also served as a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church before attending North Side and Fannin Terrace Baptist Church.
Claude was a member of the Downtown Lions Club of Midland and enjoyed his years of companionship and volunteer work.
He was a proud “PaPa” and attended as many football, basketball, baseball and soccer games as he could. He also loved watching dance recitals and competitions.
He was an avid Dallas cowboy Fan and didn’t miss an opportunity to watch a game on TV or in person. He was there when the Cowboys played Divisional and NFC Championship games in the old Texas Stadium. He really enjoyed tailgating at the new Cowboys Stadium.
Claude enjoyed traveling with his brother Wayne in his motor home in recent years. They traveled to Branson and Conroe for GMC Rally’s.
Our Dad and PaPa will be missed but we know we will meet again.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in Wilbarger Memorial Park.