Obituary of Mable Virginia McDonald Roberson

Mable Virginia McDonald (1916-2011)

Mable McDonald Roberson

Mable McDonald Roberson

Mable Virginia McDonald (1916-2011) was born born on January 31, 1916 in Ray City,GA. She was a daughter of Carrie Eugenia Langford  and Lacey A. McDonald, and the elder sister of Billie McDonald. She was a grandaughter of William C. McDonald and Jane Lastinger McDonald.

Her father was a rural mail carrier serving the Cat Creek area near Ray City. As a girl,  Mable attended the Ray City school.  She finished high school in Valdosta, GA and graduated with the Valdosta High School class of 1932.  On September 23, 1936 she married John F. “Fred” Roberson in Ray City, GA.   He was a career officer in Army Air Corps, later the U.S. Air Force.  The couple made their home in Jacksonville, FL  and throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe where Fred was assigned to duty.

Obituary of Mable Virginia McDonald Roberson

ROBERSON Mable Virginia McDonald Roberson age 95, of Keystone Heights passed away at her home on December 28, 2011. She was born on January 31, 1916 in Ray City, Georgia to the late Lacey and Carrie (Langford) McDonald. Mable graduated from Valdosta High School, Valdosta, GA in 1932 and also graduated from Business School in Jacksonville, FL. In September of 1936 she became the beloved wife of John F. (Fred) Roberson in Ray City, GA. During their early years together, Mable worked as a clerk, bookkeeper and accountant for several businesses in Jacksonville. The majority of her life energy was given to being a loving wife and a nurturing, loving mother to four children, fourteen grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren. She and Fred had over 74 wonderful, loving years together. Mable lived all over the world with her husband, a United States Air Force Officer. The time they spent in Japan, Alaska and Germany were among her favorite memories. Mable was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother. She enjoyed water skiing, traveling, cooking, gardening, and hosting family gatherings at the lake. Her compassionate caring for others included her ill mother for fourteen years and tenderly caring for her cherished husband. She was cheerfully generous with her time, energy and resources. She and her husband provided financial support to innumerable Christian Missions and Charitable Programs. She worked as a Volunteer at a children’s orphanage in Japan and the Lake Area Ministries, Keystone Heights. Her faith in the Lord was total and unwavering. Her desire that all come to a saving faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ was her highest priority. She was a faithful and active member of the Faith Presbyterian Church of Melrose. Colonel Roberson had preceded her in death in March 2011. She is survived by her four children; John F. Roberson, Jr. of Middleboro, MA, Virginia Jane Quine of Puyallup, WA, Carol Ann Seiders of Warwick, RI and Jeffery Lee Roberson of New Market, MD. She also leaves behind her brother; Billie McDonald of Ray City, GA, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. We, her children, do arise and call her blessed. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Mother, we rejoice with you, because we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 in the Faith Presbyterian Church, Melrose, FL.  Interment followed at the Keystone Heights Cemetery.

 

Obituary of Colonel John “Fred” Roberson

ROBERSON Colonel John F. Roberson (retired) age 96 was born in Crescent City, FL on 24 November 1914. He passed away on March 29, 2011 at his home in Keystone Heights, FL after several months of illness. On September 23, 1936, Fred married Mable V. McDonald of Ray City, Georgia. They were devoted to each other for 74 years. His faith in the Lord was total and unwavering, and his desire that all come to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was his highest priority. He is survived by his wife, Mable, his four children, and was blessed with fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Fred earned a degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University. As a career military officer, he served with the Army Air Corps until it became the Unites States Air Force. During his service he rose to the rank of Colonel and was assigned throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He retired in 1974 to Keystone Heights where he was active in his church, on the golf course and on White Sands Lake where he taught three generations to water ski.

The funeral services  for John F. Roberson were held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in the Faith Presbyterian Church, Melrose, FL. Interment followed at the Keystone Heights Cemetery.

Ray City Class of 1930 Didn’t Walk

It is that time of year when communities and schools everywhere celebrate the graduation of their students with the presentation diplomas in graduation exercises.   Sadly, financial exigencies 0f 1930 precluded graduation exercises for the Ray City School Class of 1930.

At that time, the operation of the Ray City school was governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees which also operated under the Berrien County School Board. The local school trustees were elected on the calendar year,  not the school year, and served a two year term.  Thus, the Ray City school trustees elected in January of 1929, Joseph Henry Pascal “Joe” Johnson, Rozzie P. Swindle and Moses Albert Studstill, along with three returning members, Dr. George Hill Folsom, Elias Moore “Hun” Knight, and William Henry Edward Terry, were responsible for the spring semester of the 1928-1929 academic year and the  fall semester of the 1929-1930 academic year.

The Nashville Herald
Jan 24, 1929

Ray City School Trustees named for the year 1929.

The Ray City School Trustee election  was held last Saturday, Jan. 12., and the following citizens will guide the destinies of the school for the year 1929: Mr. W. H. E. TerryDr. G. H. Folsom, Mr. E. M. Knight, Mr. M. A. Studstill, Mr. R. P. Swindle, and Mr. J. H. P. Johnson.

    Both Mr. Studstill and Mr. Swindle offered for re-election, with Mr. J. H. P. Johnson the only new candidate in the race, Messrs. Terry, Knight, and Folsom were held from the last term. Mr. Studstill lead the list with 40 votes, Mr. Johnson 38 and Mr. Knight 6.

    The Ray City school is reported as having had a very fine fall term of school and with the fine corps of teachers and their board of education, on of the best years in the history of Ray City Schools we be completed in June.

The 1928-29 academic year had been quite full of accomplishments for the Ray City School, despite a flu outbreak in January.  But the 1929-30 academic year was a financial challenge, and the school struggled to remain open for the entire nine month school year. Only through the generous contributions of local citizens and by charging students a tuition, was the school able to continue for the full term.

The Nashville Herald
May 22, 1930, front page

Ray City School Closes May 25th

COMMENCEMENT BEGINS TONIGHT AND ENDS SATURDAY EVENING WITH THE USUAL CLASS PLAY

      The Ray City School will come to a close Saturday night when the Senior Class play, entitled “A Hen-Pecked Hero,” will be given.  The commencement will begin tonight with the grammar school program, activities being postponed from Friday night on account of the Nashville Senior Class play.  Due to the school being run on a tuition basis, the commencement sermon and the graduation exercises will not be held.

      The Senior Class has been practicing daily for the past several weeks in preparing for the class play to be held Saturday night.  It is said to be very good and should draw a large attendance on that night.

Cast of Characters

Helen Hallmark, a college senior, Mable McDonald.
Doris Dartless, another senior, Doris Swindle.
Botzky, a rushing Russian, J.T. Smith.
Lilly, Russia’s fairest lily, Edra Byrd.
Barker, a defective detective, W.H. Knight.
Ted Slocum, the football coach, Bernard Johnson.
Mrs. Holden, why son-in-law left home, Beth Terry.
Iantha Brown, the romantic bride, Margaret Carter.
Prof. William Brown, her lesser half, Brown King.
Bud Cedman, with good intentions, J.R. Knight.
Countess Kalmanoff, the cause of it all, Virginia Knight.

      The Ray City school has enjoyed a very successful year and 225 students were enrolled.  At the end of the seventh month, it was feared that the school would be compelled to close down on account of finances, but public spirited citizens and patrons made the nine months term possible by contributions and placing the school on a tuition basis, which furnished the necessary money to continue operations.

Transcription courtesy of Skeeter Parker

Additional notes:

Mabel V. McDonald was a daughter of Carrie Eugenia Langford and Lacy Albert McDonald. She was a sister of Billie McDonald and Lillie McDonald.  Her father was a rural mail carrier at Ray City,GA serving the Cat Creek area.  Mabel attended the summer course at Camp Wilkins, University of Georgia in the summer of 1931.

Doris E. Swindle was a daughter of Sarah Ellen “Stell” Daniel and James Henry Swindle. Her father was a farmer and merchant of Ray City, and served in the Georgia House of Representatives in the 1930s. Doris attended Camp Wilkins at UGA in the summer of 1931, and went on to attend Georgia State Womens College (now Valdosta State University). She was killed in an automobile accident in 1941.

J. T. Smith was  John Thomas Smith, son of Leila Terry and Grandson of Zack Terry.  J. T. Smith and brother, Edwin, later operated a dairy farm near Ray City, GA.

Edra Byrd was a daughter of Mattie Swindle Byrd, and a granddaughter of Mary Etta and Redding D. Swindle. In 1930, Edra was living with her grandparents. Her grandfather, Redding Swindle, served as Ray City’s first mayor and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ray City School.

W. H. Knight was a son of Josie Langdale and Paul Knight.  His father was a farmer of Berrien County.  W. H. Knight was a grandson of Jimmie Gullet and Walter Howard Knight.

Bernard Lamar Johnson was a son of James Randall Johnson and Ruby Texas Knight. In 1930 his father was a farmer near Rays Mill, GA. Bernard attended Camp Wilkins at UGA in the summer of 1931

Beth Terry was a daughter of Charles Oscar Terry and Esther E Russell.  Her father was a pharmacist and prominent businessman of Ray City. In the summer of 1931, Beth attended the summer course at Camp Wilkins, University of Georgia.

Margaret Carter was born and raised in Ray City, GA. She was the daughter of Cora and Yancy F. Carter. Her father was a Ray City Councilman, board member of the Bank of Rays Mill, and operator of the Y.F. Carter Naval Stores, which in the 1930s was the largest firm in the community.  After completing school at Ray City, Margaret attended the summer course at Camp Wilkins, University of Georgia in the summer of 1931. She went on to attend  Georgia State Womens College (now Valdosta State University).

Franklin Brown King was a son of Ida Guthrie and Jim King.  He went on to a long career as a merchant marine.

John R. Knight was a son of Walton and Mildred Knight. He later lived in Lanier County.

Virginia Florence Knight was a daughter of  Carl Herbert Knight and Mattie Julia Hadsock.  In 1934, she married William A. “Bill” Garner. The Garners would later run the Ray City Post Office.

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