William Franklin “Frank” Roberts, age 92, resident of Phenix City, Alabama, passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel of Vance Brooks Funeral Home, 3738 US Hwy 431N, Phenix City, Alabama on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 2:30 p.m. with Reverend John Homer officiating. Interment with military honors and Masonic Rites will follow at Lakeview Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Binion Cochran, Bill Hutchinson, Robert Hutchinson, Zack Kelley, Greg Ray, Britt Roberts, and Simen Solstad. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 6-8 p.m.
Mr. Roberts, son of the late Molle Jefferson Roberts and Lizzie Eula Wells Roberts, was born January 26, 1930 in Marion County, Georgia. After graduating from Jordan High School where he was a member of the ROTC program, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a Military Police Officer. After his military service ended, he began a career in the automobile industry where he owned and operated Red Dot Motors for over 60 years, before turning the keys over to his son, Bill, to continue his legacy. In 1970, he was elected into public office where he served the Phenix City community as City Commissioner for two years. Immediately following, Mr. Roberts became the first publicly elected Mayor for Phenix City and served from 1972-1976. His political career will always be defined by his honesty and integrity. Additionally, Mr. Roberts was a member of the Kiwanis, Jaycees, and the Crawford Masonic Lodge F&M #863. He was also actively involved with the Phenix City Shrine, serving faithfully for over 50 years. One of his greatest joys was playing in the Senior Adult Softball League in Columbus, GA. He was a member of the Silver Bullets Softball Team which went on to win the Senior Softball National Championship.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ann Hester Roberts; two sons, William Roberts, Jr. (Lisa) and Jeffery Harold Roberts, both of Phenix City, AL, one daughter, Laurie Roberts Kiker (Greg) of Valley, Alabama; one brother, L J Roberts (Venice) of Albany, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Hollee Roberts Kelley (Zack) of Dothan, AL, Ashleigh Tompa of Atlanta, GA, Abigail Tompa Solstad (Simen) of Columbus, OH, Caleb Kiker (Amy) of Phenix City, AL, Haysten Roberts of Phenix City, AL, Logan Kiker (Lexie) of Phenix City, AL, and Kalli Rose Kiker of Valley, AL, as well as, many other relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Kindred Hospice and the Veterans Association for their continuous support and assistance.
Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.