Educator Virginia Roberts, 93, to be remembered on Friday

By Curt Yeomans


Virginia Roberts will soon be at the side of her late husband, M.D., again.

She died on Dec. 6, from natural causes at 93. Her husband died in 1986.

Virginia Roberts taught English at the old W.A. Fountain High School. Her husband was the principal at the Forest Park school from the mid-1950's until she retired in the early 1970's.

Prior to working at W.A. Fountain, she taught at schools in Athens and Thomasville.

"The community has lost a real advocate for education," said Eddie White, a member of the Clayton County Board of Education, who had known the Roberts since the mid-1950's. "We've lost someone who was totally dedicated to serving the young men and women she taught."

Virginia Tate, an Atlanta educator, who had known Virginia Roberts for more than 65 years, agreed with those sentiments.

Virginia Roberts will also be remembered for her "dynamic personality and love of people," Tate said. "She had a love of people and was very outgoing," Tate added.

Her son, Monty Roberts, said his mother will be most remembered for her "excellent teaching ability." He added that she will also be remembered for being able to motivate her students, and acting as a role model for them. Despite being out of the teaching profession, Virginia Roberts still kept in touch with several of her former students, her son said.

"She was loved by all of them," Monty Roberts said. "She prescribed to the highest standards both in and out of the classroom."

The viewing, funeral and burial for Virginia Roberts will be held on Friday. The viewing will take place at 10 a.m., at Seller's Brothers Funeral Home, 2321 Candler Road, Decatur. The funeral will begin an hour later, at Flipper Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, 580 Fair St., Atlanta. Following the funeral, she will be buried next to her late husband in Westview Cemetery, 1680 Westview Drive, Atlanta.

Virginia Roberts was born in Carlton, Ga., in 1914, and was the third child of the late David Eberhardt, and Ophelia Eberhardt Freeman. She held an associate's degree from Clark College, and a master's degree from New York University.

Her only son, Monty, called his mother a role model because she was able to balance her roles as a mother, wife and teacher.

"She was the perfect homemaker, but she was also a professional woman," son Monty Roberts said. "She was able to be the everything woman."

She married Moddie Decker "M.D." Roberts in 1946, and her son described the marriage as being close to perfect.

"It was an ideal one. You don't see many like that one anymore. They never fought, and they worked very well together," said her son.

During her career as an educator, Roberts was a member of the Georgia Education Association, the National Education Association, the Clayton County Teachers Association, the Arnold Fountain Professional Club and the Criteria Club. She also did a lot of traveling, including visits to places such as Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Spain, Germany and various islands in the Caribbean.

The Roberts family joined Flipper Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1953. Virginia Roberts served the church as a trustee, a member of the R.T. Bussey Art Guild, the Progressive Choir, and participated in the church's Sunday school program for several years.

Roberts' son said one thought enables him to cope with his mother's death.

"I do believe my mother is at peace, and is with my father in heaven," he said.