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Glenn Edward Roberts Jr.

• May 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM

Glenn Edward Roberts Jr., 82, joined his Heavenly Father on May 18, 2020, leaving his earthly home at 1315 Oakwood Circle in Big Stone Gap VA, after a fight with lung cancer.

Born on Park Ave in Norton VA on August 12, 1937, Glenn and Helen Roberts welcomed their first son into the world. Glenn Jr later became the brother to Mary Virginia Roberts (Ginny Clark) and baby brother Larry Van Roberts. Moving with his family to Akron Ohio, he grew up enjoying life as a boy in Firestone Park.

This is where his early education started at Firestone Park Elementary, where he planted this then small tree on Arbor Day. His kindergarten class sang to this little tree to help it grow! Who knows, this may have been where his growth and love for singing began!

After graduation from Garfield High School in 1955, he attended the alma mater of his late father and basketball icon Glenn Roberts Sr. But his heart lead him back to Ohio where he graduated from Akron University and found the love of his life, Patricia Ann Rittenour (“Patti”). After a short time teaching English in the Akron education system, the opportunity to begin the family business in Norton took root. He and Patti began their life in Wise County in 1962, where he began his new career with Firestone. In addition to his years in the tire business, he had a musical passion that began early in school. He shared his personal music interests as early as high school talent shows, the birth of the Rolling Firestones, and requests for he and Patti to entertain at various social events! He helped organize and orchestrate many local bluegrass festivals, area programs and musical venues. Some of his closest friends and musical associates through those years consisted of Ralph Stanley, The Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs ...only to name a few.

Glenn’s accomplishments and accolades were numerous but if asked in his final days what stood at the forefront, he would let you know it was his close relationship with his Lord Jesus Christ!

Glenn will now enjoy eternity with those loved ones who have proceeded him: Glenn Roberts Sr, Helen Key Roberts, Arthur Carlton and Myrtle Grace Rittenour, and Larry Ronald Clark.

In his departure, he is leaving behind his wife (3 months shy of 60 years) Patricia “Patti” Ann Roberts, son Glenn Edward Roberts III (daughter-in-law Tammy Burton-Roberts), daughter Merri Lou Minor (son-in-law John Wesley Minor, Sr) and Melissa Joyce Short. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren: Madison Lea Minor-Meadows, John Wesley Minor Jr., Morgan Elizabeth Short-Roberds, Mason James Short, and Myles Edward Short. He also had the privilege of meeting his 5 great-grandchildren: John Tyne Meadows, Wesley Thomas Meadows, Avery Lee (“little Glenn”) Meadows, Jaxon Oliver Minor, and Mila Faith Minor. Glenn was fortunate to have the love of his sister Ginny Clark, brother Larry Roberts and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, caring relatives and treasured friends!

His hopes and prayers are to reunite with all of us again someday in heaven!

The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Zion Family Ministries in Wise, VA. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm in the church with Pastor Wayne Hagar and Pastor Roger Barker officiating. Burial will follow in the Glencoe Cemetery in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton, Va. is serving the Roberts family. Online condolences can be made by visiting hagyfawbush.com.

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