Roberta was born on November 9, 1936 to Ethel Green and Eddie “E.D.” Manson in Marshall, Texas.
Roberta spent much of her childhood with her grandmother Nettie Green. She was reared in the public school system in Marshall and graduated from Pemberton High School in 1955. While there she was a cheerleader and was involved in the choral club.
Roberta was baptized at an early age and attended Second Pleasant Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Scott.
Roberta was affectionally referred to as “Tootie” by family and very close friends. There was a very special lady that helped raise Roberta, the late Myrtle Wilson who she called Mama T.
Roberta often talked about segregation and the Jim Crow Laws in Marshall so much that she decided to relocate to Dallas, Texas to live with her Aunt Rose. In the Early 1960’s Roberta moved to Los Angeles, California where she met and married the love of her life, Julius English in 1966. Roberta worked at Hamilton Avnett Electronics for twenty years and after they disbanded she worked at N.O.W. Design in Culver City, CA. She continued to serve God and joined West Angeles Church of God in Christ for over thirty years under the current Leadership of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. until her health began to decline.
Roberta didn’t have any children from her previous marriage, but all children she came in contact with she loved. She never met a stranger, and had plenty of friends and family and was the “Life of the Party”, engaging in good conversation with everyone she met. She touched everyone with her infectious spirit and smile.
As Roberta transition home to be with the Lord, we know that she was taught at a very early age to recite the 23rd Psalm.
Roberta leaves to cherish her memories – stepmother Edna Manson of Oakland, CA.; special cousins Mary L. Killens of San Diego, Harold Prophet of San Jose, CA.; Evelyn Davis of San Jose, CA., Rose Bartice of San Jose, CA., Mildred Walker of Fort Worth, TX.; nieces Earnestine White, Elaine Johnson, and Gertha Bracks; favorite nephew Frank White (Michele); other nephews Randy Killens, Willie Green; special friends Ovidstine Miles, Dee Webster, Tasha Miles, Eric Mills, Stephen McNeal, Demetria Boxx-Crowder (Meechie), Sam Tharpe, Alberta Simpson, Scottie Nash, Allie Smith, Charlsetta Jackson, Bernard Richardson; adopted son Bart Moore; adopted granddaughter NayNay Coleman, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
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