1892 - May 26, 1923
|Sim D. Roberts was born near Gloster, Mississippi, in 1892. Big parents were S. D. Roberts and Ella Tucker. He died in Lake Charles, Louisiana, May 26, 1923.
One short sentence may characterize Brother Roberts’ whole life. He was a man of absolute fearlessness. In the face of bodily or spiritual dangers he stayed by what he believed to be right.
He was a strong preacher, tinged well with the spirit of evangelism. He fell on sleep almost in harness. Being a man of apparently robust health, he never suspected he was near the end until a few days before his death. He had the best of attention from both loved ones and physicians, and we bow to his going as a stroke of divine provi-dence.
Brother Roberts was received on trial into the Louisiana Conference in December 1911, and into full connection in 1913. He was ordained elder in 1915. He served for some time as local preacher before he made application for admission on trial. As both local and traveling preacher he served the following charges: Olive Branch, Castor, Farmerville, Bernice, Oberlin, McDonoghville, St. Francisville, New Iberia, Sulphur and Vinton. He had only served a few months at the latter place when his call came, but he had already won the hearts of the people on the charge, and not a few had already been converted under his ministry in these few months.
His education was secured in the public schools, and in addition he did some work in Millsaps College. He joined the church as a child he was married in 1911 to Miss Rosalie Elkins. She and a son eight years of age survive him, together with an aged and widowed mother and a sister. To them we extend our heart-felt sympathy. Our gathering is saddened by his absence, but we hope so to live and serve that we shall be the happier when we see him on the eternal shore.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1923, page 94, by J. S. Williams.|