Ray Lavelle “Joe Ray” Roberson
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Ray Lavelle “Joe Ray” Roberson, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Community Hospice in Verona, Miss. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, from noon to 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus, Miss. A memorial service in the chapel will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.

Roberson was born Jan. 4, 1943, to the late Addis and Mae Humphries Roberson in Columbus. He graduated from S. D. Lee Senior High in 1963. He played football and basketball and lettered in track as one of the fastest runners on the track team.

He was a former resident of Jasper and was Sports Editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle for many years. He also owned Roberson Studio. He was a sports photographer by trade and took pictures for nine area high school yearbooks while living in Jasper.

He moved back to Columbus in 1989 and was employed as a sports photographer at the Commercial Dispatch until his retirement in 2008.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Louis Roberson and Murphy Roberson.

He is survived by his son Brad Roberson of Jasper; daughter, Ashley Roberson of Hoover; sister, Patti Cooper (J.T.) of Columbus, Miss.; and one grandson, Xander Ray Smith. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Regina Cash of Hoover; nephews, Steve Roberson and Bert White; and a niece, Denisa Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Allen Williams and Henry Matuzak.

Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.

Memorial Funeral Home, Columbus, Miss.; 662-328-4432