Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 20, 2011

Kenes Pharaoh Roberts Sr.

TAZEWELL, Va. — Kenes Pharaoh Roberts, Sr., age 83, of the Gratton community in Tazewell, Va., died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital. Born September, 15, 1927 at Panther, W.Va., he was a son of the late Wilson and Louise Bailey Roberts. He was an active practicing Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist. Mr. Roberts was a successful and self employed coal operator and farmer his entire adult life. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Barns-Beavers VFW Post #7136 of Tazewell, Va. and the Tazewell Moose Lodge #198. Mr. Roberts loved to dance and belonged to the Bluefield Dance Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Tatsuko Matsui Roberts; three sisters, Lucille Roberts, Edith Hurley, Hazel Bailey; five brothers, Elliot, Robert Paul, Millard, Harman, and Oscar Roberts; and son-in-law, Michael Collins.

Survivors include two sons, Kenes Pharoah Robert, Jr. and wife, Tammy of Burke's Garden, Va. and Wilbur Roberts and wife, Pam of Tazewell, Va.; four daughters, Margaret Kallander and husband, Joel of Fuquay Varina, N.C., Loretta Beavers and husband, Mike of Tazewell, Va., Matilda Collins and Robert Hayes of Rocky Gap, Va., and Eleanor Bailey and husband, Dexter of Statesville, N.C.; two brothers, Herbert Roberts and Douglas Roberts; three sisters, Fannie Roberts, Nancy Belle Walls, and Margaret Bailey; fifteen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and a dear close friend, Daisy Elswick of North Tazewell, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with Pastor Steve Branch officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. where military graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Barns Beavers VFW Post # 7136 of Tazewell, Va. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m., Friday, January 21, 2011.

The family will have a private ceremony celebrating his Buddhist faith with a representative of the Myosenji Temple officiating.

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