Vernon Richard Roberts, 76, of Poteau, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Vernon was born on August 2, 1938 to Delmer and Mae (Hudson) Roberts in Poteau, Oklahoma. Vernon married the love of his life, Phyllis Bennett on October 24, 1958 in Poteau, OK.
He was a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and real estate investor. He finished his education at Midway school near Monroe. His first job was working for F.L. Holton, Sr. He also went to California and worked the potato harvest. He then started working for the Hester Truck Line of Poteau in 1955. Seven years later he started his own trucking business, Roberts Trucking, which he maintained until 1984. In 1976 he added an abstract business, Roberts Abstract Co., which he operated until 1993. One year after starting the abstract business, he began to concentrate on real estate and oil & gas investments. In June 1997, he became the dealer principal in Ford dealership in Poteau until June 2002.
Governor David Boren appointed Vernon to the Oklahoma Industrial Development Commission in 1972 and he served four years on that board. He also served six years on the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission beginning in 1983.
Vernon was a charter member of the CASC Development Foundation Board of Trustees and made the first contribution, a gift of $5,000. He served as chairman of the CASC Board of Trustees for 27 years and Chairman Emeritus for 8 years. He was inducted in the CASC Hall of Fame in 1996 and received an honorary degree from CASC in March 1997. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Poteau.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jason Roberts; and brothers, Donald Roberts, Wayne Roberts, and Floyd Roberts.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Stacey Roberts of Poteau; son, Brian and wife Mandy Roberts of Poteau; sister, Evie Faulkenberry of Bentonville, AR; and three grandsons, Kenny and Kody Whitehead and Nicholas Roberts.
A private graveside service was held at 3 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Oakland Cemetery with Jim Cook officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the CASC Development Foundation, 1507 S. McKenna, Poteau, OK 74953 or to the Poteau First United Methodist Church, 109 S. Harper, Poteau, OK 74953.