Mr. Wilbert Garfield Roberts, patriarch and descendant of Nace Hopkins and family, succumbs. Mr. Wilbert G. Roberts peacefully departed this life September 21, 2007. He had been ill for a longtime. Wilbert G. Roberts was born September 9, 1913 in Trappe, Maryland. He was the son of the late Joseph Hayman and Ms. Malyon L. Roberts. With the loss of his parents at an early age; his wonderful grandparents, Bob and Mary Roberts, shaped him for life and became the man we all loved. William Howard Taft was the president. He has seen a lot come and go. Dad lived to the ripe young age of 94.\n \n Mr. Wilbert attended school at Manassus (at Barber Rd) and than at Trappe School under Mr. Pat Johnson. This is the same school his great grandfather Nace Hopkins helped build. This community has been blessed by his great interest, high degree of intelligence, love and concern for not only his family , church and school, but the whole city of Trappe. Slavery was suppose to be over, but a black mans life was not considered to be valuable as a hog. But Dad never lost his self respect. He continued to work and care for his family. He always enjoyed planning and participating with the activities of the Annual Nace Day Parade. Dad along with pictures of Nace Hopkins' family is a part of the archives of the Smithsonian Institute.\n \n Mr. Roberts is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Jeannette Ann Hicks Roberts. This union lasted 38 years in which they shared love, trust, understanding and patience, which he passed on to his children, three girls, Mrs. Beverly H. Colbert, Ms. Malyon L. Roberts and Mrs. Brenda Sisco and a son, Royce (deceased). He was the grandfather of six, Whitney, Antione, Gary, Eunice, Royce, and Eddie. He was great grandfather of eleven and great great grandfather of six. He also has two brothers, Eldon and James Hayman of Washington and Princess Anne. Mr. Roberts has three sisters in-law, Jackie Hayman, Mary Hayman and Nellie Hayman; two sons in-law, Mr, Richard J. Colbert and Mr. Abe Sisco; a daughter in-law, Vivian Roberts and a host of nieces, nephews, church family and good neighbors.\n \n Dad, Pop, Granddad has become well known by several titles/nicknames; such as "Smoke", because of his ability to throw a hard ball with speed. Some call him "Dr. Rub" which always made him smile. He loved to play the piano while Mr. Floyd Eason was blowing the harmonica. Dad was a "Handyman" who could fix just about anything. He was the chauffeur for the Massey family for many years..\n \n Our dad worked tirelessly for many organizations: The Knights of Pythians , advisor for the Nace's Day Committee, The Methodist Men, Tape Ministry and the "Young At Heart Club at Scott's UM Church , Past President of the White Marsh Elementary PTA and active member of the Board of Education, Assistant Sunday School Teacher, The Usher Board, Trustee Board. Dad also served on the Federal Civic Committee that brought running water and indoor plumbing to the good folks of Trappe to improve the quality of life of his neighborhood. Also the Nace's Book Scholarship Committee sponsored by Scott's UM Church and community.\n \n Our dad was blessed with good friends and neighbors, Mr. Charles Stanley, Mrs. Margie Roberts, Mrs. Geneva Camper, Mr. Abe Sisco and Mr. Kent Brooks. All good caring people. And are appreciated for their many Christian acts of kindness. We also appreciate the efforts of the Talbot Hospice Foundation and the Caroline County Hospice and its members, Lisa May, LSW, Wendy Fanness, Emma Johnson, Bob Paulis, Bruce Richards, Jean Farmar, RN.\n \n Dad will be missed because of his great heart and his ability to persist.\n \n Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 1pm at Scott's UM Church with a viewing 6-8 pm on Wednesday evening and one hour prior to the services on Thursday. Interment will follow in Paradise Cemetery. Letters of condolence submitted to www.henryfuneralhomepa.com.\n \n In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Talbot and Caroline Hospice Foundations.