James Alfred Roberts was the second child of ten born to the late Paul Ralph and the late Lucy Byrd Roberts on November 6, 1944 at Martin County Hospital in Stuart, Florida. He spent his entire childhood years living in Stuart, Florida.
At the age of six, he began the first twelve years of his life’s education at Stuart Training School and continued that part of his schooling up until his graduation in the year of 1962. He was the keynote speaker for his class at his High School graduation ceremony.
Early during the years of his worldly education at the age of twelve, James had the privilege of being educated about Jesus Christ from his mother Lucy B. Roberts. He gave his life to the Lord and was baptized at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Stuart, Florida under the tutelage of the late Rev. Samuel Collier Sr.
James had a dream in life of becoming a medical doctor, so after graduating from high school, he began that journey by enrolling in school at Florida Normal College (Florida Memorial College) in Saint Augustine, Florida. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and graduated in 1966. Prior to graduation, he met and married Elmarva Roundtree. One son was born from this union. From there, he attended Atlanta University where he acquired a master’s degree in Macro Biology.
During the pursuit of his life’s goal, James had to go to work for a few years. He worked as a professor for two years at Grambling State University and for two years as a professor at North Carolina A&T University. Then, he decided to get a PhD. So, he went to the University of North Carolina in pursuit of that for one year.
Finally, he decided to get back on track in quest of his real-life goal. He enrolled in medical school at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1977 with his Medical Doctor Degree. He did his Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He practiced medicine for a few years in Atlanta, GA before moving back home. He practiced medicine in Martin County and mainly St. Lucie County in Ft. Pierce, FL. for many years until his demise. He was on the Board at Lawnwood Medical Center and was instrumental in opening The Hands Clinic in Ft. Pierce that provided care for the indigent.
Please note that Dr. Roberts was called to the Ministry of Jesus Christ and was Ordained on January 21, 2001 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce, FL. under the guidance of Rev. Howard Coleman.
Dr. Roberts was a loyal dedicated faithful member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity from the time that he joined in 1964 up to his death. He demonstrated this loyalty by becoming a “Life Member.” He genuinely enjoyed the friendship in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity where it is well known that “Friendship is essential to the soul.”
He leaves to morn one son, David Bonner Roberts; two dedicated brothers Malcolm (Deborah) Roberts and Paul (Delores) Roberts; Four loving sisters Agnes Harvey, Pauline Roberts, Sara Alceus, and Evelyn Diane (Norris) Hawkins; two lifelong dedicated friends Richard Days (Hollywood, FL), and Barbara Donald (Atlanta, GA); two Goddaughters, Bonita Mackey (Port St. Lucie, FL), and Jahzara Joseph (Fort Pierce, FL). and a host of other loving relatives, that includes nieces, nephews, and cousins; loads of faithful Fraternity Brothers, friends, and medical patients.
Public viewing for Dr. James Roberts will take place on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Stone Brothers Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, FL. Omega Service of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will follow beginning at 7:00pm. Funeral services to commemorate his life will convene on Saturday, January 16, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Stuart, FL.
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