June 17, 2010

(6/22/1942 - 6/9/2010)

Russell Lynn “Jack” Roberts, 67, of Conway, AR, died at his home in Conway on June 9, 2010. He was born in Conway, AR on June 22, 1942 to the late Judge Russell C. and Violet Lee Roberts, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bobbi Moffett Roberts; children Dr. Russell Lynn Roberts, Jr., of Rome, Georgia; Elizabeth Roberts Goforth (Tommy), of Conway, Arkansas, and granddaughter Lauren Elizabeth Goforth, of Conway; a daughter, Stephanie Jacobson and family, of Spring, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Robin Priest of Allen, Texas (Eddie) and Suzanne Brazil (Bill); a sister Mary Alice Roberts who died in infancy; sister-in-law Linda Tinker, Ballwin, MO; nieces Cheryl Priest Inman, Fresno, CA; Michelle Stewart, Garland, TX, Amy Brazil, Conway; Patti Moffett, St. Louis, MO; Terri Moffett, Atlanta, GA; nephews, Michael Priest, Charlotte, NC and Clay Brazil, Conway, Matt Tinker, Folsom, CA, and special friend of the family Mitchell Ross.

He was a graduate of Mrs. Bradley’s Kindergarten in Conway; Conway High School (1960) where he served as Student Body President; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (B.A. 1964) where he served in the Student Senate; University of Arkansas Law School (Juris Doctorate 1972).

Judge Roberts has been a practicing attorney since 1972 serving as city attorney for the city of Conway from 1974 through 1982. He served as municipal judge for the city of Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Vilonia and Guy since 1982. His professional affiliations include membership in the Arkansas District Judge’s Council having served as a past president and several positions as well as on several committees. He was instrumental in developing a continuing education program for all District Judges. He served as the appointed Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) and was the first Faulkner County District Judge to implement the work service program. He was a past president of the Faulkner County Bar Association. His court was one of the first in Arkansas to participate in the Automated Case Management System for Arkansas Courts. In addition, he was instrumental in getting the Constitutional Amendment passed that changed the Municipal Court System in Arkansas to the District Court System.

For Roberts, one of the highlights of his career was educating local fourth and fifth graders on the court system and being responsible citizens. Every year, Roberts would speak to students and invite classes to his courtroom. Jack served as a past president and was an active member of the Faulkner County Fair Parade for over 36 years.

Jack was an Eagle Scout and actively supported scouting throughout his life. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at the University of Arkansas. He loved gardening, traveling and was an avid fisherman.

Jack was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church and attended the Sunday School Class Life Group 9/10.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Boy Scouts of America, the Faulkner County Library, or the charity of your choice.

The funeral service was held Sunday, June 13, 2010 at First Baptist Church, 1719 Robinson Street in Conway, AR, with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com..

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