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Flavia Sorbo

January 1, 1926 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: Private

Faye Buffaloe Warren

December 25, 1940 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: January 26, 2021

Wesley Max Denning, Jr.

June 14, 1951 ~ January 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Harold Dean Linkous

July 23, 1939 ~ Jan. 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Mary Dillon

February 19, 1933 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Rose Purta

January 30, 1933 ~ January 18, 2021

Services will be held: January 23, 2021

Jean Hathaway Hinton

Aug. 10, 1932 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Claire F. Small

June 26, 1937 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held:

William Thomas Roberson

July 6, 1924 ~ November 24, 2020

CARY- William Thomas Roberson, 96, passed Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Born in Candler, NC, Bill was born July 6, 1924 to the late Milton Wells Roberson and Mary Brewton Roberson. He and his wife, Audrey Hanes Roberson were missionaries with the International Mission Board (formally the Foreign Mission Board) in Vietnam and in the Philippines for twenty-seven years until their retirement in 1989. He also served as pastor of the Monterey Baptist Church, Monterey, Kentucky, the Patterson Springs Baptist Church, Shelby, NC, the First Baptist Church, Beaufort, NC and the Southern Baptist Church, Rutherfordton, NC. Bill attended Mars Hill College and graduated from Wake Forest College (now University). He also graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. At the time of his death he was a member of Westwood Baptist Church, Cary, NC.

Westwood Baptist Church in Cary was able to host the immediate family for a memorial service for both Bill and Audrey Roberson on Saturday, December 12th. The service is available for viewing at the following link:

Survivors include his daughters, Amelia Bennett and husband, Steve, and Nancy Roberson; son, John Roberson and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Jacob and wife, Rachel, Emily and Hanna; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Audrey Hanes Roberson; a son, Hanes Roberson; a grandson, Billy Roberson, brothers, Harry, Edwin and Howard; a sister, Sarah Long.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare, Lottie Moon Mission Offering of the International Mission Board, Richmond, VA, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC or Westwood Baptist Church, Cary, NC in Bill’s memory.




  1. Judy R Burleson

    Dear John and family, Amelia and Steve, Nancy,
    I am saddened by the loss of Uncle Bill. I have memories to cherish of him and our Roberson family. I will remember him as a good brother, uncle and your dad. He was always happy to see us and spend time with us.
    I am praying for you all.

    Judy Roberson Burleson

  2. Darlene and Dianne

    Thinking of your family during this difficult time!

  3. Deborah Winans

    Dearest Amelia, Steve, Nancy, John and Amy:
    I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill’s homegoing. I have many great memories of visiting both your mom and dad on many occasions in Shelby and Cary. They have been special to me throughout my lifetime. How wonderful that my own children even got to meet them. I love your family, and my heart is with you now.
    Deborah (James)

  4. Cindy Buckner

    Sorry for loss. Iam a friend of Nancy and co-worker.

  5. Eugene Murray

    John and Family, thinking of you in this time of grief and remembrance for your Dad, and also for your Mom’s passing in May. I so enjoyed getting to know your parents through their close friendship with my own in Boiling Springs. Mom and Dad loved your parents and treasured their time and travels together. As you plan for the memorial service, I hope Mom and I are able to attend. Please know you are in our prayers.

  6. Mayme Roberson Crowell

    Dear Ones of Rev. Bill Roberson Family,
    I share in your grief and send my condolences. Bill is my last first cousin to leave this earth. I had thirty-nine at one time. My niece Anne and daughter Joan visited Bill with me at various times in the past few years. Bill and Audrey were always delightful to see. They were such a devoted couple. I know that Bill missed Audrey greatly. The two of them devoted their lives to Christian missionary work and left a last legacy. May God bless them and all their family and friends.

  7. Steph & Keith Garehan

    Sincerest sympathies. Your Mom & Dad are together again is peace! Our prayers for the entire family are with you.

  8. Wendy & Dwight Allred

    Dwight and I are so sorry for you loss, along with our CEI team. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  9. Jean Duyck

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Nancy, I know this has been a difficult year for you and your family, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Amelia Roberson Bennett

    Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Mom and dad had a huge group of friends and loved ones. You are all in my thoughts as we all miss Mom and dad.

  11. Anne Roberson Royster

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a delightful man when I visited him. I know he and Audrey are together in heaven.

  12. Samuel and Rachel James

    Amelia, Steve, Nancy, and John. I just attended the family service for Bill and Audrey and what a wonderful service it was. Every visit I had with Bill in those last days before the virus problems were a great blessing for me. Bill clung to every word of report I gave about our work in Vietnam. He was so blessed to hear. Once he asked Audrey if she knows me and Rachel. She looked up slowly and said “They are missionaries.” Then her head bowed and she was asleep again. Bill said to me, “What a miracle that she spoke, much less remember you!” Know that Rachel and I loved Bill and Audrey and every moment we served together, and we love you!!!! Sam and Rachel James

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