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Phillip James Roberts

October 14, 1946 ~ March 1, 2020 (age 73)


Phillip Roberts, age 73 of Arkadelphia passed away March 1, 2020. Phil was born October 14, 1946 to the late Albert James and Colene (France) Roberts in Little Rock, AR. 

He obtained his master’s degree from Henderson State University where he specialized in Elementary and Secondary Guidance and Counseling. His career was spent in education as a teacher, counselor, principal, and a school improvement supervisor for the Arkansas State Department of Education. Phil was an active member of the Arkadelphia First United Methodist Church and Retired Teachers Association. 

Phillip is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 50 years Nellene Runyan Roberts; his son Chris Roberts of Bentonville; his brother, Mark and wife Debbie Roberts of Texarkana, TX; sister, Martha Roberts of Little Rock and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 4th, from 6-8pm at Ruggles Wilcox Funeral Home. The service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia, AR, on Thursday, March 5, at 1:30pm with Brother Bill Cato officiating. Interment will follow the service at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

If desired, friends may make contributions to the Gillett United Methodist Church, 301 W. Leslie Ave., Gillett, AR 72055 or the Retired Teachers Association (CCRTA) 910 S. 21st St. Arkadelphia, AR 71923. 


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March 4, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home
517 Clay Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

Funeral Service
March 5, 2020

1:30 PM
107 N 9th St #5003
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

Interment following funeral service
March 5, 2020

Rest Haven Memorial Gardens
4647 Hwy 8 west
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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