Jasper Roosevelt Roberson Sr. was born July 24, 1941 to his proud parents John and Annie Mae Roberson in Williamston, North Carolina. Growing up he attended school in Martin County. NC. As a young man he met and married the love of his life, Dorothy, and became the blessed father of four children. Soon thereafter he relocated to and settled in High Point, NC. He worked for many years at Hatteras Yachts as a Paint Technician and retired in 1997. Throughout his adult life he was also self-employed as an Auto Mechanic from which he retired in 2012. Everyone around High Point knew him as “Rosey” and there are probably very few people sitting here today whose car he did not work on at some point and time. One of his hobbies as a young man was talking on a CB radio to long haul truck drivers using the nickname “Gooch”. After giving his life to Christ, Rosey became a member of New Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend John Mason where he served as a faithful choir member and trustee. Rosey later became a member of Living Water Baptist Church in High Point under the late Dr. Reverend Adolph Thomas and current Pastor, Reverend Dayhige M. Wright where he served honorably on the Deacon board.
Everyone who knew Rosey knew he was a hard-working and selfless man who would always find a way to make things happen for his family. He always put his household and the needs of others first placing his own self last. He always gave of himself in so many ways from food, money, clothing, shelter, diapers, advice, cars, money, time and love. The one thing he instilled in his family was that they do their best and let God do the rest. He understood that we all have shortcomings, and as hard as we try, we will not meet the mark, but in our weaknesses, God’s strength is made perfect. Over the course of his life he took many young boys and men under his wing and led by example in showing them how to be a man. To many, he was a God fearing mentor, leader, and friend who had a gentle yet meaningful and lasting impression. He encouraged everyone to strive to be better every day, to keep pushing, to keep pressing, to never give up, and to trust in God to always prevail.
Anyone that saw him over the last few months saw him fight to the very end. Indeed, he fought a good fight! He kept the faith and finished his course. On Saturday, July 25th, 2015, Rosey took off mortality and put on immortality. On that day, the crown of righteousness that had been laid up for him was placed upon his head. On that day, his prepared mansion was made ready. His heart was not troubled. Death was swallowed up in victory, and he went over into glory! He did not perish, but because he believed in God’s only begotten son, Rosey entered into everlasting life!
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Ben Jr., Joseph and Bill Roberson; two sisters, Amarie Stanley and Earline Lacey.
Until we meet again…
Rosey leaves behind his loving wife and soul-mate, Dorothy, who was there by his side until the end. His legacy remains in his children, Diane Johnson, Angie (Timmy) Strickland, Jasper (Tena) Roberson Jr., and Gerald (Kristina) Roberson, his grandchildren, Antonio, Antron, Rafeal, Ebony, Jeremy, Gerald II, Jiwan; 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Jimmy (Fannie) Roberson; sisters, Louise (William) Grimes, Daisy Lee Moore, and Bernice (Ben Earl) Jones; a host of other beloved relatives.