Gene Roberts

Hamilton County

Gene Davis Bryan Roberts, former Mayor of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. He was 80 years old.Gene was born in Chattanooga, the son of the late William Henry Harrison Day Roberts and Pearl Davis Roberts. He was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Roberts and sister, Frances Elizabeth Diana Lytle. He was a graduate of City High School and the University of Chattanooga. Prior to entering the military, Gene was employed with the Chattanooga Times and returned to the paper after he served in the United States Navy. He was a public servant, serving as Commissioner and Mayor of the City of Chattanooga and Commissioner of Public of Safety for the State of Tennessee. Gene was a charter member of Saint Peters Episcopal Church.Gene is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cherrie Morrison Roberts; sons, Robert Brian and wife Debbie Roberts, of Alexandria, Va., and William Mark and wife Cinda Roberts, of Murfreesboro; daughter, Amelia Roberts, of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Devin, Gianna, Katheryn, Katelyn and Emily; brother, Morris Roberts, of Scottsboro, Ala., and a sister, Helene June Marie and husband Billy Thomas, of Deer Park, Texas; family friend, Lisa Conner, and several nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home and again from 10 a.m. to Noon on Monday, Feb. 4, at Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415. Services for Gene will follow at Noon on Monday at the church with The Reverend Carter Paden officiating. Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Genes name to Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415, Community Kitchen, P. O. Box 11203, Chattanooga, TN 37401 or your favorite charity. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at

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