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Billy Hayes Roberts, age 87

Billy Hayes Roberts, 87, of Jacksonville, AR, passed away on January 21, 2023, just one day shy of his 88th birthday.

He was born in Little Rock, AR to Bonnie and Dorothy Lambertus and is preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Allen Roberts, brothers Bob and Butch Lambertus, and sister Patricia Wilson.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Catherine Uhrich Roberts, daughter Susan Dorsey (Mike), son Andy Roberts (Shelli), son David, grandchildren: Justin Dorsey (Jennifer), Kristin Steiner (Daryl), Andrew Roberts (Leann), Amanda Brown, and Tiffany Roberts along with 12 great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1953 and served in the Air Force National Guard for four years following graduation.

Bill retired after 48 years of working for Hercules/Vertac Chemical Plant in Jacksonville. After retirement he was able to enjoy 15 years of family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Better known as “Pappy” he enjoyed many years of hunting, reading stories to the great grandchildren and telling them about the “good old days” and trying to get them to watch Gunsmoke. He was a big fan of the Razorbacks and the Kansas City Chiefs.

He enjoyed many trips to Branson and vacationing with family, gardening and bird watching. He was known to all to be a loyal and generous friend. He attended McArthur Assembly of God church in Jacksonville.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 28th, from 12:30 – 1:30 at A Natural State Funeral Home in Jacksonville with burial following immediately after at Sumner Cemetery in Cabot, AR.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • VirginiaTaylor Taylor Posted January 24, 2023 5:04 PM

    So sorry for you loss. May God be with you during this time

  • Sue Matheny Posted January 25, 2023 11:54 AM

    Susan, so sorry for your loss.

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:41 PM

      Thank you, Sue!

  • Tannie Harvey Posted January 25, 2023 12:20 PM

    So thankful to call Bill a friend. I will miss seeing him at church on Sundays with Catherine on side and my sister Linda on his other side‼️. Catherine, Susan and the rest of the family I know you will miss him but praying for God’s peace and strength.🙏🙏🙏

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:42 PM

      Thank you, Tannie!

  • Theresa Himes Posted January 25, 2023 12:41 PM

    Mrs. Catherine, Susan and families. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:41 PM

      Thank you, Theresa!

  • Donna Lambert Posted January 25, 2023 12:50 PM

    I love you Uncle Bill! You always made me laugh. Rest easy.

  • Linda. Curtis Posted January 25, 2023 12:58 PM

    The last couple of years I got to spend a lot of time with Bill and Catherine watching the Razorbacks and Chiefs football games . We had lots of fun over the remote control!!! 😂 Bill always made sure I had plenty of Werther’s Carmel candy and peppermints before I went home. He and Catherine would let me bring my dog Teddy and we will miss watching the games with ya! Bill, I’ll watch out for the idiots!! He told me that every time I was leaving to go home 😂 gonna miss you!

  • Sherry Nossaman Posted January 25, 2023 4:33 PM

    May God provide the comfort needed during this time for all of the family but especially his wife.
    Blessings, Sherry

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:43 PM

      Thank you, Sherry!

  • Lynn Maxwell Posted January 25, 2023 5:08 PM

    Catherine you and your family are in our prayers we will miss Bill making us laugh at church and life group . When he would come in church he always tapped Jerrel on the head to say I’m here. . We laughed at his funny comments . We will be there for you ..

  • Beth Connors Posted January 25, 2023 6:37 PM

    Prayers for your family for peace, comfort and strength. May God’s choicest blessings cover you all of your days.

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:43 PM

      Thank you, Beth!

  • Beth Connors Posted January 25, 2023 6:38 PM

    May you find peace, comfort and strength through Christ and may His choicest blessings be with you all.

  • Robin Dorsey Posted January 25, 2023 7:17 PM

    Pappy certainly made an impact on us all – my grands are certainly going to miss him! Love and prayers for you all.

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:44 PM

      Thanks, Robin!

  • Jimmy Woods Posted January 25, 2023 10:19 PM

    We wanted to express our love and prayers for your loss .Judy and I are thinking of your family for strength and peace

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:45 PM

      Thank you, Jimmy!

  • Kay keister Posted January 26, 2023 6:30 AM

    So sorry for your loss he will be missed

  • Martha Perry Posted January 26, 2023 12:02 PM

    So sorry for your loss, Andy, and the rest of your family! May God be with you all and give you strength through this time of loss.

  • Barbara Salley Posted January 26, 2023 5:08 PM

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Prayers and love. May God carry you when it is hard to carry yourself

    • Susan Dorsey Posted January 30, 2023 8:45 PM

      Thank you, Barbara!

  • Robin Zakrzewski Posted January 26, 2023 9:33 PM

    Catherine, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband and lift you up tp the Father for comfort and strength. The Lord is the best comforter of all, when the days ahead are tough, He will be your husband and strength. Much ❤️

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