Charles Sterling ROBERTS (1916-1967)

HOUSE, 77th General Assembly, 1951-53; representing Roane County; Senate, 78th General Assembly, 1953-55; representing Roane, Anderson, Knox, and Loudon counties; Republican. Born at Kingston, Roane County, Sept. 16, 1916; son of John and Ada Frank (GOODWIN) ROBERTS. After elementary and high schools of Roane County, 1923-35, graduated with B.S. degree from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Jefferson County, in 1938; studied law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, 1946-47, receiving LL.B. degree latter year. Married at Kingston Mar. 31, 1950, to Alice Louise SKINNELL, daughter of J.R. and Ethel SKINNELL of Bedford, Bedford County, Va.; children--Lucinda Camden and Elizabeth Louise. Teacher, football and basketball coach at Roane County High School four years; practiced law at Kingston from 1947 to death except brief period in Federal service. Mayor of Kingston, 1949-53; director Federal Housing Administration, 1953-55; Republican nominee for Governor, 1954, but not elected; judge of Roane County Quarterly Court, first elected 1958 and again in 1966 and was holding that office at time of death. In World War II; after training at Camp Barkley, Tex., and staff school in France, began active service Oct. 17, 1942; assigned as special service officer with rank of capt.; departed for overseas service May 19, 1943, and returned Nov. 28, 1945; separated from active service at Fort Knox, Ky., Feb. 21, 1946; received: Meritorious Service Unit Award; American Campaign Service Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux. Member Baptist Church, serving as teacher of Men's Adult Class and as chairman of steering committee for construction of new building; member Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite and York Rite; Order of the Mystic Shrine; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Lions Club; Blue Key Club. Died at Kingston Nov. 20, 1967; buried at Poplar Springs Cemetery, Roane County.


Roberts Families of Roane County, Tennessee 1794-1969,
by Snyder E.Roberts, p 306 (Charles Sterling Roberts descends from the old pioneer, Wright Little Roberts.  His son, David Roberts (1804-1874) was the father of Charles Washington Roberts (1837-1898) who was the father of Dr. John Roberts).

Information supplied by self, Nov. 9, 1957, and by Tenn. War Records Bureau; Tenn. Public Acts, 1951, 1953; Oak Ridge Oak Ridger, Nov. 21, 1967; Chattanooga New-Free Press, Nov. 21, 1967; Knoxville Journal, Nov. 21, 1967; Nashville Tennessean, Nov. 22, 1967.

From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.