On April 30, 1941, John Spence Roberts was born in Anniston, Alabama, to John Roberts and Anita (Small) Roberts. He attended Cobb High School and graduated in 1959. Shortly after, John earned a bachelor’s degree Alabama A&M University and graduated in 1963. Shortly after, he joined the United States Airforce, where he served for 4 years. John migrated to Chicago, Illinois after graduating from the university where he worked for 37 years at Rush Memorial Hospital. He moved to Maylene, Alabama shortly after retirement.
John began to have medical issues that resulted in the diagnosis of dementia which eventually led to Alzheimer's disease. In April 2016, due to a quick decline in weight loss and depression, John's medical team reached out to his first cousin Margaret "Elaine" Johnson, who John had indicated that he had asked to be responsible for his wellbeing when he could no longer function independently. John loved Elaine and was fully confident that he could trust her to take care of him, requesting that she become his power of attorney. Elaine moved John to Laurel, Maryland in 2016, where she could provide better care for him with the help of her family, friends, and church members. John was so excited about the new beginning. Immediately John showed signs of joy with a healthier appetite, less medication, more exercise, loads of jokes, and tons of laughter. John even joined Elaine's bowling league and became an avid bowler that everyone loved. John loved working outdoors, gardening, movie dates with Elaine and family, and watching sports every chance he got with the loaded sports package Verizon offered.
On March 18, 2022, John transitioned due to incidence of Alzheimer's disease and he was subsequently cremated at Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home in Baltimore, MD. On March 29, 2022, a minister from Elaine’s church prayed with her over John’s ashes. John was never married and never had any children; however, he is survived by a nephew, Marcus Weather, a niece Kirsten Weather, and great-niece Imani Weather. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Jean Weather.
Announcement courtesy of Ervin Funeral Chapel, LLC.
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