Johnny Roberson passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at Freeman Hospital after a short illness thought to be complications of COVID-19.

Johnny was born April 11, 1947 in Robersonville, North Carolina to the late Harvey Lewis Roberson and Hattie Ross Roberson. 

Johnny graduated from Robersonville High School and played basketball at East Carolina University in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in Vietnam, and then moved to the Joplin area. There he finished his degree in business/marketing from Missouri Southern State University. 

Johnny worked in management for 17 years, while he also worked for a time in software sales and as an insurance agent for several years. Following retirement, Johnny worked for the Joplin School District as a substitute teacher. It was at that time that he joined the staff of a local mortuary, a position that he held to present day.

To say Johnny was a people person would be an understatement. For over 50 years, Johnny has been involved with youth sports in some way or another. He was known as 'Papa John' to his students at Joplin schools and the kids at his local church and coached little league for several years. Johnny was a longtime sports official, helped run the clock at sporting events at Missouri Southern State University and  trained many new and upcoming officials.

Johnny lived in Joplin, MO. and survived the death of his dear wife Patsy, who passed away on July 9, 2013 after an unfortunate illness. Patsy worked over 30 years at her local church, where she was a member, as their financial secretary. In addition to her regular duties, she taught Sunday School; served on most of the church's committees; chaperoned many youth trips; organized most of the church's special events and oversaw the maintenance of the church. She was loved by her family, friends,and her church members. 

Johnny and Patsy's family include a son, Ashley Roberson and wife, Angela, grandson, Taylor Roberson; and three granddaughters.

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