Friday, July 01, 2005

A Gracious Lady

The wife of one of the most famous - and oldest - fundamental Baptist preachers in America went home to Heaven last Sunday, June 26th. I met Mrs. Roberson once, about 5 years ago, when her husband preached at our home church in Texas. She was such a gracious example of Christian womanhood. I love to learn from older ladies, especially pastor's wives, and I think I might have learned a lot from Mrs. Roberson if I'd had the chance. Her husband was the pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, for 40 years. Here is a portion of her biography:

Caroline Allen Roberson, age 89, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 26, 2005. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 1, 1915. She was saved at age nine, attended Ensley Baptist Church until marrying Dr. Lee Roberson on October 9, 1937. Dr. Roberson was an evangelist when they met, then took the pastorate of the Fairfield Baptist Church at the edge of Birmingham, Alabama, when they married. The Lord blessed the ministry there for five years and then they were led to Chattanooga, to the Highland Park Baptist Church, where he pastored forty years and six months. During that time, Tennessee Temple University was founded by Dr. Roberson and God blessed in a great way. Mrs. Roberson was the Cradle Roll Director in the Nursery at Highland Park Baptist Church for many years.

Mrs. Roberson was preceded in death by her second child named Joy Caroline who died in infancy. Dr. Roberson started a camp for children in 1946 and named it Camp Joy after her. She is survived by husband of 68 years, Dr. Lee Roberson, four children, Lee Anne Nichols of Chattanooga; John Roberson of Edgewood, Kentucky, Patty Davis of Phoenix, Arizona and June Ormesher of Dallas, Texas; ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; sister, Betty Weldon of Birmingham, Alabama.

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