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Celebrating the life of
David Franklin Roberts Sr.
September 17, 1937 - January 02, 2019
Mr. Roberts
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Mass
  • 6:00pm - Tuesday, January 08, 2019
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
  • 1003 East Victory Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31405

  • 912-356-6980

Mr. Roberts was the best. We will remember him as a Man (Husband, Father, Grandfather, Father in law) of great Character, Integrity, Morals, Values, Principles and Spiritual. May his soul rest in peace and may he enjoy the fruits of heaven. We have his Spirit and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Richard & Ann Lindsay Lutz & Family-- BSS Classes of '80 & '82, Savannah, GA

Sincere sympathies and condolences for the passing of your loved one. His body is no longer with you, and you will miss him indeed, but he will be with you always in a healthier and painless soul!! Sorrow is for the living, for the departed are free of all human discomforts! May the Peace that passeth all understanding be with you at this time! Love and Prayers, Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Hodges

Ricky & Diane Hodges , Vidalia , GA

We will miss this great man. Mr. Roberts made an impact on so many people. He left behind great memories, an army of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his legacy! We know he is in heaven with Mrs. Roberts, dancing!

The White's, Albany, GA

Mr Roberts was our 2nd father, friend, big brother, mentor, bus driver, role model, hero, storyteller, comedian, counselor, fixer..... he was the students of Blessed Sacrament SUN and MOON. He shared his time, love, talent, and family with us. To the Roberts and Blessed Sacrament Family, I share your love, joy, pain and tears for Mr Roberts. May God's Divine Mercy rest upon him. Well done thy good and faithful servant, David Roberts

Gary Johnson, Omaha, NE

I second what my brother, Philip wrote. I remember Mr. Roberts faithfully, peacefully and joyfully going about his work. He not only loved his work but he also loved us children. “Well done thou good and faithful servant!” Dear Roberts Family, do you see how many tributes have come in from so many people and so many places throughout the country? That speaks volumes about how beloved Mr. Roberts and all of you are! The First Reading from Mass on January 1, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God is our prayer for your family: “The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!”

Rodney Jackson , Anthem , AZ

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr Roberts was always someone we could confide in. He was a great man.

Lee Ciucevich , Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear of your loss Mr. Roberts was such a sweet man and kind soul always making us kids laugh while on the school bus... priceless memories keeping you all in my prayers! Love and hugs Annette Cleary

Annette Cleary BSS class of 79, Savannah, Ga

Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. Mr. Roberts was a fine man and will be missed deeply.

Jimmy and Connie Deal, Savannah, Georgia

My Condolences to my cousins and the rest of the Roberts family. Uncle David put a smile on my face every time we met whether telling an epic joke or informing everyone in the room that I was a great quarterback. Ha Ha ! I will always remember our laughs and he will be missed. God Bless!

Kevin Wagner, BLUFFTON, South Carolina

Offering my deepest condolences in your time of sorrow.

Richard Mackin, Savannah, GA

My memories and impressions of David go way back to my childhood and when David was dating my sister Kay. He knew to get into Kay's good graces he had to win over her baby brother, so I got rides on his Cushman scooter and taken to the movie on Broughton Street and afterwards to the Theater Soda Shop and the big frosty mug of root beer. Don't know what David liked better, telling a joke or hearing a new one he hadn't heard before. Someone asked David why he stopped having Kids after only 9 and he said that they finally got a TV! It was hard watching him go down the last few years, but I know he is where he wanted to be right now. Will miss him.

Thomas McDrmott, RINCON, GA

To all of the Roberts Family, remember Mr. Roberts at BSS and it brings great memories.He always had a smile on his face. Many prayers to all of you.

Nancy Manucy Lawson, Savannah, Georgia

To all of the Roberts Family, remember Mr. Roberts at BSS and it brings great memories.He always had a smile on his face. Many prayers to all of you.

Nancy Manucy Lawson, Savannah, Georgia

Dearest Roberts Family, I extend my heart felt condolences to a great and extremely positive man in my younger years. “Mr. Roberts”’ as I would only address him by, used to pick me up at my Wilemere Dr address back when my parents were married. My late mother, Helen Waters, would give me Hot chocolate as I waited on the Curb for Mr Roberts’ school bus arrival. As the school bus door would swing open, Mr Roberts would say to be in the most welcoming positive voice, “who do we have here? It’s the Hot Chicolate kid!” From the enjoyable ride to school, I would commonly have hot chocolate spilled all over my white Blessed Sacrament shirt. As silly as this sounds, this memory is one that has never left me. Mr. Roberts taught me the principle that one can give a positive outlook to the world no matter what may be going on in one’s life. Many years later as so retuned to Savannah for a brief holiday pause during my Navy career, I visited my Uncle Charlie Morgan at Kennickell and low and behold, there was THE Mr. Roberts working there. Certainly, Mr. Roberts was a slight older gentlemen but WOW, see him brought such a joy into my life. As I close here, Mr. Roberts May have left the physical world but his memory lives on with me and through the positivity that I show the world today and forward. Mr. Roberts, thank you for the positive impact you had on my life. I hope to see you again when I leave this world. I think I know what you will say once we do. Answer: “Hot Chocolate Kid!”

Anthony (Tony) Waters, San Diego, Ca

Dave, With every glance in the mirror, I would suspect that you see your father looking back at you. If that is not the case, then believe me ,because you should. One heck of a resemblance. Wear it like a badge of honor, as he was one hard working and fine figure of a man. My days at Blessed Sacrament were priceless and Mr. Roberts was part of that journey. Never heard him utter an unkind word towards kids who may have deserved one. Yep, he truly was one of the good guys. My sincere condolences on his passing, but bask in all the treasured memories that he so graciously left us all with. Kind regards, John McCarthy BSS CLASS of 69

John McCarthy , Savannah , Ga

Mr Roberts always comes to mind when I remember my school days at Blessed Sacrament. He was ALWAYS there! In fact, when I was really little I thought that he lived at the school. When I found out that he went home to his family at night I was confused! Although we lived too close to school to ride the bus, most of my friends did and they loved Mr Roberts even more. He was the best bus driver in Savannah! He kept everyone safe all of the time. My condolences to all of his family and friends - you were very blessed to have him. He was a very good man.

Page Middleton Olson, Roswell, GA

So sorry to hear. He's with Mom now. God bless

Mark & Sally Corrigan, Savannah,

Thomas, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Margaret M King, Guyton, Ga

Thomas, I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of grief. May God surround you without and comfort.

Jimmy Watkins , Pembroke , Ga

My thoughts and prayers to The Roberts family,I remember Mr Roberts when I attended Blessed Sacrament School 1st thru 8th grade riding the bus and having a front row seat everyday?????

Karen Williams, Savannah, Ga

Met the Roberts when daughter attended BSS. Fond memories of both Dave and Rose

Beverly Ginn, Savannah, Ga

My sympathy and prayers to Melanie, Josetta and the entire Roberts family. Love to you all. I have many fond memories of him at Blessed Sacrament. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

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Dear Melanie, You and all of your family are in our prayers during this time. May you find Solace and comfort in the knowledge that your dad is reunited with your mom in the loving arms of our Lord.

Marsha Free, Duluth , GA

To the Roberts family, My sincere condolence. Mr. Roberts, as we all knew him as, was an iconic and beloved member of the BSS family. He will be missed. God bless you all.

Brian Fogarty, Sugar Hill, GA

May your fond memories bring you comfort and peace during your time of need.You are in my prayers!!Melanie Willoughby and Family!!

Redina Thorpe-Thomas , Savannah , Ga.

Melanie and family we are so sorry for your loss and are sending prayers and love to you. May he Rest In Peace .

Robert and Camille Wallden, Savannah,

To all of the Roberts Family. My deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of riding the school bus to Camp Villa Marie in the 60's with your Dad at the helm, but I also was able to work with David at Kennickell in the 90's. David was loved by all. He will be greatly missed. From the Martha and Gene Gay Family

CYNTHIA Maria Gay, SAVANNAH, GA

I have such found memories of Grandfather Robert's and Grandmother Robert's, especially on Christmas Day. With such a big family having nine children every holiday from Easter, Thanksgiving and Saint Patrick's day was a celebration of life and love ones. I pray for us all during this hard time of loss. May all who was lucky enough to meet this great man never forget David Robert's. My last Grandparent , its truly sad to lose you Grandpa Robert's. Love- John Paul Price and the Price Family.

John Paul Price, Tybee Island , Ga

To all the Roberts family, I am praying for all of you ! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember your Dad from Blessed Sacrament. He was our bus driver. He was a good man. RIP Mr Roberts.

Barbara Williams , Savannah , Ga

I attended Blessed Sacrament School with Mr. Roberts daughter Josetta. We were in the same class since kindergarten. He was a wonderful man I always remember him with a smile on his face and driving us home in the afternoon on the school bus. I will never forget him and all the hard work he put in at that school for so many years. I never heard him raise his voice at anyone ever. He was a very saintly man. God bless him and his family.

Philip Jackson , Savannah , Ga.

I attended Blessed Sacrament School with Mr. Roberts daughter Josetta. We were in the same class since kindergarten. He was a wonderful man I always remember him with a smile on his face and driving us home in the afternoon on the school bus. I will never forget him and all the hard work he put in at that school for so many years. I never heard him raise his voice at anyone ever. He was a very saintly man. God bless him and his family.

Philip Jackson , Savannah , Ga.

On January 2nd, 2019 we lost David Franklin Roberts, Sr. He passed peacefully in his sleep in Savannah after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

David was Born on September 17th, 1937 to Emma Lee Stanley Roberts and Thomas Lawrence Roberts in Savannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 56 years Rose Katherine Roberts, brothers, Dr. Thomas George Roberts, Hershell Lawrence Roberts, Everett Neil Roberts, John Osborne Roberts and sister Virginia Roberts West.

Survivors include his children Kathleen (John) Price, Dave (Joan) Roberts, Wade (Karen) Roberts, Mark (Vivian) Roberts, Alesia Price, Melanie (James) Willoughby, Andrew (Pam) Roberts, Thomas Roberts and Josetta (Todd) White; 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, special friend Michele Roberts. Special thanks to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tommy and June McDermott who visited him faithfully and kept him supplied with his favorite Krispy Kreme donuts.

David was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church. While his children attended Blessed Sacrament School, David attended to his many duties maintaining the school and church. His favorite duty was driving the school bus and ensuring that over a thousand children got to and from school safely and always on time. During this time he also drove the BC cadets to football games until he quit to watch his own children play for the cadets. He saw the parishioners as his extended family and both Mr. and Mrs. Roberts are still remembered fondly by the graduates of Blessed Sacrament School from the sixties through eighties. He retired from Blessed Sacrament in 1988 and transferred to Kennickell Printing. He delivered to the Hilton Head area for almost 20 years adding a whole new family of friends along his route and at Kennickell. He enjoyed time with his children and grandchildren, playing golf and telling jokes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6 o'clock Tuesday evening at Blessed Sacrament Church. A celebration of life will be held in the gym following mass. In lieu of flowers the family requests that all donations be made to Blessed Sacrament Seeds of Change Capital Campaign, 1003 Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31405. Special thank you to the staff at Morningside of Savannah and Hospice for their loving care of our father over the past three years.

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Mr. Roberts was the best. We will remember him as a Man (Husband, Father, Grandfather, Father in law) of great Character, Integrity, Morals, Values, Principles and Spiritual. May his soul rest in peace and may he enjoy the fruits of heaven. We have his Spirit and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Richard & Ann Lindsay Lutz & Family-- BSS Classes of '80 & '82, Savannah, GA

Sincere sympathies and condolences for the passing of your loved one. His body is no longer with you, and you will miss him indeed, but he will be with you always in a healthier and painless soul!! Sorrow is for the living, for the departed are free of all human discomforts! May the Peace that passeth all understanding be with you at this time! Love and Prayers, Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Hodges

Ricky & Diane Hodges , Vidalia , GA

We will miss this great man. Mr. Roberts made an impact on so many people. He left behind great memories, an army of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his legacy! We know he is in heaven with Mrs. Roberts, dancing!

The White's, Albany, GA

Mr Roberts was our 2nd father, friend, big brother, mentor, bus driver, role model, hero, storyteller, comedian, counselor, fixer..... he was the students of Blessed Sacrament SUN and MOON. He shared his time, love, talent, and family with us. To the Roberts and Blessed Sacrament Family, I share your love, joy, pain and tears for Mr Roberts. May God's Divine Mercy rest upon him. Well done thy good and faithful servant, David Roberts

Gary Johnson, Omaha, NE

I second what my brother, Philip wrote. I remember Mr. Roberts faithfully, peacefully and joyfully going about his work. He not only loved his work but he also loved us children. “Well done thou good and faithful servant!” Dear Roberts Family, do you see how many tributes have come in from so many people and so many places throughout the country? That speaks volumes about how beloved Mr. Roberts and all of you are! The First Reading from Mass on January 1, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God is our prayer for your family: “The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!”

Rodney Jackson , Anthem , AZ

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr Roberts was always someone we could confide in. He was a great man.

Lee Ciucevich , Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear of your loss Mr. Roberts was such a sweet man and kind soul always making us kids laugh while on the school bus... priceless memories keeping you all in my prayers! Love and hugs Annette Cleary

Annette Cleary BSS class of 79, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Matt and Courtney Brown — Georgia

Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. Mr. Roberts was a fine man and will be missed deeply.

Jimmy and Connie Deal, Savannah, Georgia

My Condolences to my cousins and the rest of the Roberts family. Uncle David put a smile on my face every time we met whether telling an epic joke or informing everyone in the room that I was a great quarterback. Ha Ha ! I will always remember our laughs and he will be missed. God Bless!

Kevin Wagner, BLUFFTON, South Carolina

Candle tribute lit by Richard Mackin — Georgia

Offering my deepest condolences in your time of sorrow.

Richard Mackin, Savannah, GA

My memories and impressions of David go way back to my childhood and when David was dating my sister Kay. He knew to get into Kay's good graces he had to win over her baby brother, so I got rides on his Cushman scooter and taken to the movie on Broughton Street and afterwards to the Theater Soda Shop and the big frosty mug of root beer. Don't know what David liked better, telling a joke or hearing a new one he hadn't heard before. Someone asked David why he stopped having Kids after only 9 and he said that they finally got a TV! It was hard watching him go down the last few years, but I know he is where he wanted to be right now. Will miss him.

Thomas McDrmott, RINCON, GA

To all of the Roberts Family, remember Mr. Roberts at BSS and it brings great memories.He always had a smile on his face. Many prayers to all of you.

Nancy Manucy Lawson, Savannah, Georgia

To all of the Roberts Family, remember Mr. Roberts at BSS and it brings great memories.He always had a smile on his face. Many prayers to all of you.

Nancy Manucy Lawson, Savannah, Georgia

Dearest Roberts Family, I extend my heart felt condolences to a great and extremely positive man in my younger years. “Mr. Roberts”’ as I would only address him by, used to pick me up at my Wilemere Dr address back when my parents were married. My late mother, Helen Waters, would give me Hot chocolate as I waited on the Curb for Mr Roberts’ school bus arrival. As the school bus door would swing open, Mr Roberts would say to be in the most welcoming positive voice, “who do we have here? It’s the Hot Chicolate kid!” From the enjoyable ride to school, I would commonly have hot chocolate spilled all over my white Blessed Sacrament shirt. As silly as this sounds, this memory is one that has never left me. Mr. Roberts taught me the principle that one can give a positive outlook to the world no matter what may be going on in one’s life. Many years later as so retuned to Savannah for a brief holiday pause during my Navy career, I visited my Uncle Charlie Morgan at Kennickell and low and behold, there was THE Mr. Roberts working there. Certainly, Mr. Roberts was a slight older gentlemen but WOW, see him brought such a joy into my life. As I close here, Mr. Roberts May have left the physical world but his memory lives on with me and through the positivity that I show the world today and forward. Mr. Roberts, thank you for the positive impact you had on my life. I hope to see you again when I leave this world. I think I know what you will say once we do. Answer: “Hot Chocolate Kid!”

Anthony (Tony) Waters, San Diego, Ca

Dave, With every glance in the mirror, I would suspect that you see your father looking back at you. If that is not the case, then believe me ,because you should. One heck of a resemblance. Wear it like a badge of honor, as he was one hard working and fine figure of a man. My days at Blessed Sacrament were priceless and Mr. Roberts was part of that journey. Never heard him utter an unkind word towards kids who may have deserved one. Yep, he truly was one of the good guys. My sincere condolences on his passing, but bask in all the treasured memories that he so graciously left us all with. Kind regards, John McCarthy BSS CLASS of 69

John McCarthy , Savannah , Ga

Mr Roberts always comes to mind when I remember my school days at Blessed Sacrament. He was ALWAYS there! In fact, when I was really little I thought that he lived at the school. When I found out that he went home to his family at night I was confused! Although we lived too close to school to ride the bus, most of my friends did and they loved Mr Roberts even more. He was the best bus driver in Savannah! He kept everyone safe all of the time. My condolences to all of his family and friends - you were very blessed to have him. He was a very good man.

Page Middleton Olson, Roswell, GA

Candle tribute lit by Missy Willoughby — Tennessee

So sorry to hear. He's with Mom now. God bless

Mark & Sally Corrigan, Savannah,

Thomas, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Margaret M King, Guyton, Ga

Thomas, I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of grief. May God surround you without and comfort.

Jimmy Watkins , Pembroke , Ga

My thoughts and prayers to The Roberts family,I remember Mr Roberts when I attended Blessed Sacrament School 1st thru 8th grade riding the bus and having a front row seat everyday?????

Karen Williams, Savannah, Ga

Met the Roberts when daughter attended BSS. Fond memories of both Dave and Rose

Beverly Ginn, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Kelly & Alex Hunt — Georgia

My sympathy and prayers to Melanie, Josetta and the entire Roberts family. Love to you all. I have many fond memories of him at Blessed Sacrament. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

, ,

Dear Melanie, You and all of your family are in our prayers during this time. May you find Solace and comfort in the knowledge that your dad is reunited with your mom in the loving arms of our Lord.

Marsha Free, Duluth , GA

To the Roberts family, My sincere condolence. Mr. Roberts, as we all knew him as, was an iconic and beloved member of the BSS family. He will be missed. God bless you all.

Brian Fogarty, Sugar Hill, GA

May your fond memories bring you comfort and peace during your time of need.You are in my prayers!!Melanie Willoughby and Family!!

Redina Thorpe-Thomas , Savannah , Ga.

Candle tribute lit by Ann Marie Atkinson — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Diane Berryhill — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Brett and Holly Bridges — Georgia

Melanie and family we are so sorry for your loss and are sending prayers and love to you. May he Rest In Peace .

Robert and Camille Wallden, Savannah,

Candle tribute lit by Robert and Camille Wallden — Georgia

To all of the Roberts Family. My deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of riding the school bus to Camp Villa Marie in the 60's with your Dad at the helm, but I also was able to work with David at Kennickell in the 90's. David was loved by all. He will be greatly missed. From the Martha and Gene Gay Family

CYNTHIA Maria Gay, SAVANNAH, GA

I have such found memories of Grandfather Robert's and Grandmother Robert's, especially on Christmas Day. With such a big family having nine children every holiday from Easter, Thanksgiving and Saint Patrick's day was a celebration of life and love ones. I pray for us all during this hard time of loss. May all who was lucky enough to meet this great man never forget David Robert's. My last Grandparent , its truly sad to lose you Grandpa Robert's. Love- John Paul Price and the Price Family.

John Paul Price, Tybee Island , Ga

Candle tribute lit by John Paul Price — Georgia

To all the Roberts family, I am praying for all of you ! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember your Dad from Blessed Sacrament. He was our bus driver. He was a good man. RIP Mr Roberts.

Barbara Williams , Savannah , Ga

I attended Blessed Sacrament School with Mr. Roberts daughter Josetta. We were in the same class since kindergarten. He was a wonderful man I always remember him with a smile on his face and driving us home in the afternoon on the school bus. I will never forget him and all the hard work he put in at that school for so many years. I never heard him raise his voice at anyone ever. He was a very saintly man. God bless him and his family.

Philip Jackson , Savannah , Ga.

I attended Blessed Sacrament School with Mr. Roberts daughter Josetta. We were in the same class since kindergarten. He was a wonderful man I always remember him with a smile on his face and driving us home in the afternoon on the school bus. I will never forget him and all the hard work he put in at that school for so many years. I never heard him raise his voice at anyone ever. He was a very saintly man. God bless him and his family.

Philip Jackson , Savannah , Ga.

Candle tribute lit by We are thinking of you and your wonderful family. Tom and Sherry Danello and family. — Georgia


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