Descendants of James Willis Roberts and Eva Jane ParrishUpdated January 17, 2008
I remember Papa. I remember making those trips to Oil Center Oklahoma in the 1950s. I remember sleeping out in the orchard when it was too hot to sleep inside on those long summer nights. I remember Papa driving all the way to Ada to buy my sister and me each a bag of pink and white snow ball cupcakes and then driving all the way back again to buy me another bag full after I dropped mine in the red Oklahoma dirt that surrounded his house on that endless Oklahoma prairie. I remember Aunt Minnie's banana cake, fried chicken, cornbread and gravy when we would go to visit her across the road from Papa's house. I remember Uncle Frank and his quiet ways. I remember the smell of natural gas burning off the pipe next to Coker Well #2 and I remember the sound of the pump click clacking all day and all night. It was a comforting sound like that of a distant train. Mammie died before I was born but i still remember Mammie in the way that her children's and grandchildren's voices got soft when they spoke of her. I remember her in the way Papa always wished Evie was here.
I wish they were all still here too.
- Mammie and Papa (68 KB)
James Willis Roberts and Eva Jane Roberts with their children Minnie Mae, Orbrea and Myrtle Beatrice (baby). Mary Fon, my grandmother, was not born yet. This picture was taken in Indian Territory, probably in Center or Ada which was 13 miles from their home.
- The ROBERTS Bible (357 KB)
This Bible was kept by Minnie Roberts Lewis. I am posting 3 xeroxed sheets. The darkened letters were filled in by my mother, Betty Harris. The original Bible is with Mary Lou.
- Bible page 2 (483 KB)
- Bible page3 (433 KB)