Raymond “Ray” Roberts


Rev. Raymond “Ray” Roberts, Jr., age 78 of rural Edgar County, Illinois, passed away at 2:18 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Paris Health Care Center in Paris. Rev. Roberts was the Minister at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Paris for 19 years. He also was Minister for several other United Methodist Churches including; Anchor, Illinois, Potomac, Illinois, Grandview, Illinois, Dudley, Illinois, Findlay, Illinois, Assumption, Illinois, the Loxa Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, Illinois, Lerna, Illinois. Ray served as Deputy Coroner in Edgar County and had also been on the Grandview Fire Department, Findlay Fire Department, Findlay Ambulance Service, Edgar County Ambulance Service, and was an Edgar County Auxiliary Sheriff Deputy. He was formerly in the Army Reserves and was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and a Life Member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Born January 5, 1939 in Coles County, Illinois, he was the son of the late Lester Raymond Roberts, Sr. and the late Ruby (Frazier) Roberts. He married Martha L. (Craig) Roberts June 6, 1958 in Coles County, Illinois and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Lucy (Kevin) Trine of Paris, Illinois and Ruth (Bob) Adams of Sullivan, Illinois, one brother Jim (Benjie) Roberts of Port Charlotte, Florida, nine grandchildren; Logan Trine of Paris, Illinois, Lindsay (Michael) Rea of Terre Haute, Indiana, Kody Trine of Paris, Illinois, Kendra Trine of Paris, Illinois, Kara Trine of Paris, Illinois, Layton Trine of Paris, Illinois, Emily Adams of Savoy, Illinois, Jacob Adams of Sullivan, Illinois, and Melanie Adams of Mattoon, Illinois, and one great grandchild Timothy Rea of Terre Haute, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter Kristin Trine. Visitation for Rev. Roberts will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 in Otterbein United Methodist Church in Paris. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery in Charleston, Illinois. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky or the Preacher’s Aid Society in care of Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home. For further information and online condolences, please visit www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.