The Life of Clayborn Roberts
Clayborn Roberts, age 88, passed away at his home on March 16th, 2018, surrounded by his loving
family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Zula. Devoted father to his five children, Judy
Barber, JoAnn Acres, Wilma(Leo) Sullivan, Wayne(Cheryl) Roberts and Jimmy(Annie) Roberts. Survived by his sisters June Hoskins and Geneva(James) Garrett. Also survived by his grandchildren, Bill, Valerie, George, Michelle, Clayborn, Lisa, Amy, Kara, Christina, Katie, Jamie, and Becca, whom have blessed him with 27 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Burley and Goldie Roberts, as well as siblings Henry, Nora “Doll” Collett, Earl, Homer “Jap”, Donald Ray and Ronnie.
Born on February 27th, 1930 in Stinnett, Kentucky. He spent his childhood years here and this is where
he met his future wife. In 1951 he followed the love of his life to Cincinnati, where they soon married and began their family. He provided for his family working as a welder at Kirk & Blum Manufacturing, where he was employed for over 40 years. Later in life Clayborn decided to return to his childhood home in Stinnett to build a home. Clayborn single handedly constructed a modest yet perfect home for his family to visit and enjoy. Clayborn and Zula later returned to Norwood, Ohio to be closer to their adult children, family and friends.
His happiest days were when his family came to visit. When he was able to let loose, speak his mind, and be himself. Clayborn loved to sing, dance and play the guitar to bluegrass, country or gospel music. He adored all of his grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Papa". He was incredibly proud of the tight knit family he and Zula had built. Clayborn was a determined, loving, stubborn, hardworking, one-of-a-kind man. He has left a lasting impression on all who were lucky enough to know him. His voice, laugh, and presence are forever missed by his family and friends.