Bro. L. Eugene Roberts

(April 5th, 1937 - August 2nd, 2017)

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     Bro. Lambert Eugene Roberts, age 80 of Ozark, Missouri passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017, while at home.  Eugene was born April 5, 1937, to Wade and Creola Roberts.  On August 31, 1957 he was united in marriage to Koella Ellison in Sparta, Missouri.  Eugene and Koella were blessed to have two children, Mark B. Roberts of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Melinda T. of Nixa, Missouri. Eugene graduated from Sparta High School in 1955.  He enrolled in Southwest Baptist College and completed his two years of understudy before graduating from Southwest Missouri State College in 1959.  He enrolled in seminary at Midwestern Theological Seminary in Gladstone, Missouri where he received his Masters of Divinity in 1963. In April, 1955, Eugene accepted the Lord’s call in his life to vocational ministry through the pastorate.  He began his vocational ministry at the age of 18 as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Chadwick, Missouri while at the same time serving as Pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church.  He later pastored other churches throughout the state of Missouri at First Baptist Church, Sparta, MO; First Baptist Church, Weaubleau, MO; New Salem Baptist Church, Winfield, MO; First Baptist Church, Buffalo, MO and Pleasant Home Baptist Church, Springfield, MO.  Since retiring from full time ministry in 1999 he supplied for many churches most recently Union Mound Baptist Church, Elkland, MO. Eugene enjoyed the many relationships God granted him through serving these churches. He enjoyed his opportunity to fellowship and serve alongside the men of the Working Class at Ridgecrest Baptist Church where he regularly attended in retirement. He is survived by his wife Koella; son Mark and his wife Beverly and daughter Melinda and husband Jerry; seven grandchildren, Seth and his wife Ashlyn, Abbey, Jessie, Kerri, Heath, Isaac, and Lauren; three great-grandchildren, Cayden, Daisy, and Felicity; two sisters Clara Lee Clinton and Josephine Roberts. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jimmy Roberts and Randy Roberts. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 7, 2017 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield with Dr. Chad Grayson officiating. Burial will follow at Roberts Cemetery, Sparta. Visitation will be 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. Monday in the church. Donations in lieu of flowers are suggested to Fox River Christian Church’s Nicaragua Missions. Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at

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