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Alverta was born to Alvin Lee and Ida Annie Leist Turner on December 5, 1929 in Yoakum, Texas. She graduated from Yoakum High School in 1947. Several years later, Alverta married Clifford Eugene (Gene) Roberts on February 25, 1950 in Giddings, Texas. Gene was employed in the oil field and later with Nipak, Inc. in Trinidad. Alverta was a wife and mother, as well as a homemaker, child care provider, and in home health care services attendant.
Over time, the couple became the proud parents of five children: Gary, David, Linda, Richard, and James Roberts. Her children remember her as a kind and loving mother, always encouraging and supportive of their dreams and goals.
Alverta was a member of the Austin Street Baptist Church in Yoakum and was baptized as a teenager. Alverta was a woman who loved music and who was passionate about her service as a song leader at the Round Prairie Baptist Church in Kerens, Texas under the pastorate of Leonard Connor, Dennis Mott, and Glenn Benefield.
Alverta will be lovingly remembered by her five surviving children: Gary Roberts and David Roberts of Channelview; Linda Roberts of Corsicana; Richard Roberts of Mildred; and James Roberts of Houston.
She is also survived by four siblings: sister Vera Lou Knezek of Victoria; sister Evelyn and husband Marty Nealeigh of New Braunfels; brother Calvin and wife Helen Turner of Lindale; and sister Marion and husband Jim Orts of Moulton. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and a countless number of friends.
Alverta (Nanny) will also be fondly remembered by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Grandchildren surviving their Nanny are: Ginger Hopkins of Corsicana; Tony and wife Elizabeth Roberts of Athens; Janeitha Hurley of Mildred; Joseph Ivie, Jr. and partner Karyn Reed of Austin; Brandy Jenkins of Mildred; and Sandy and husband Patrick Patterson of Kerens.
Great Grandchildren surviving their Nanny are: Raven and husband Tony Lloyd of Gilmer; Amber and husband Cameron McBride of Gilmer; Darlyn Mesker of Corsicana.
Aden, Sean, and Brielle Roberts of Athens; Evan Woods and partner Sarah Bryant of Gun Barrel City; Eric and Ian Hurley of Mildred; Jase and Katelyn Butler Corsicana; Justin Jenkins of Mildred; and Jake Patterson of Kerens.
Nanny is also survived by two Great Great Grandchildren: Elaina Danielle Woods of Gun Barrel City and Daphne Austen Butler of Corsicana.
Alverta was preceded in death by her husband Clifford Eugene Roberts of Kerens; father Alvin Lee Turner and mother Ida Annie Turner of Yoakum; sister Edith Brewer of Yoakum; sister Eunice Pederson of Auburn, Washington; brother Weldon Turner of Yoakum.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel at 120 SW 3rd Street in Kerens, Texas.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home with Reverend Glenn Benefield officiating and all are welcome to attend. Respectfully, a private family burial is planned.
Gene Bullard, Jr. Director, is in charge of arrangements and may be contacted at 903-396-2371 for additional information.
Pallbearers are grandsons Jase Butler, Justin Jenkins, Jake Patterson, Tony Roberts, and family friends Reverend Randall Everett and Danny Woods. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Joseph Ivie, Jr. and Evan Woods.
The family would like to thank the staff at Twilight Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hand in Hand Hospice, and Dr. Ronald Rodriguez, as well as friends and family for their prayers, visits and endless support. Thank you for helping Alverta in her opportunity to live, work, and raise her family in this community. Thank you for not only caring for her while she was sick, but helping her along the way of life. You inspire the living to be good neighbors, strive for good, and be engaged in the community and church.
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