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Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Roberson


Sunrise: March 19, 1934

Sunset: June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020, this is the day the Lord has made to bring one of his beloved sons, Nathaniel Roberson, to his great reward in heaven. Nathaniel was born in Wilson County, North Carolina to his parents, Celia Artis Robinson and James Clyde Robinson. After he finished high school, he went into the U. S. Army and fought in the Korean Conflict. He also served in the US Army Reserves for 19 years. He then decided to further his education and went to Winston-Salem State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education. He taught at Wilson County Schools for eight years. He then went to work for the US Postal Service. He became the first Black Postmaster in Wilson County and he served diligently in the Postal Service for 38 years before his retirement in September 1998. While he was moving forward in his work life, he was studying the Word of God. He became a Senior Deacon at Mt. Zion OFWB Church and taught the Adult Sunday School for many years and lent a listening ear and words of encouragement to different ones as needed.

Later he felt a great calling from God to go into ministry and it was at this time he decided to attend Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh, NC. He received his Doctor of Divinity from Shaw graduating with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. After his marriage to Catherine Williamson Roberson, he repeated these words to her from Ephesians 5:25: “Husband love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself to it.”

He moved to Virginia Beach, VA and became an Associate Minister at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. For more than four years, he has been the Assistant Pastor at Damascus Road Ministries in Wilson, NC. He was the ministry leader of the Senior Fun Day and the Assistant Leader of the Helping Hands Ministry. He was faithful and caring in his duties in these positions. His vision for the Senior’s Ministry was for them to demonstrate and proclaim the love of Christ, to seek out the minister to the needs of the seniors in Antioch and surrounding communities.

He was also a member of The Male Choir. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Catherine W. Roberson. Three children: Phillis Pope, Adrian Roberson (Rose), and Jon Roberson (Angela). Two nieces: Patricia McCray and Esther Robinson-Joyner (Arnold). Great Nephew: Rev. B. Keith Robinson (Nikki). Four Grandchildren: Nicholas Reid (Mika), Nicole Gray (Kyle), Jade Rawlings (Eric), and Ashlea Roberson. Five Great-grandchildren: Dion Reid, Tiana Reid, Liam Rawlings, Aiden Rawlings, and Austin.

Viewing Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, June 26, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran's Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Valerie Jones says

    “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18

    Praying you will find comfort in God’s ever-gentle presence and in the thoughts and prayers of those who share your sorrow. May He strengthen you and bring you hope and understanding.

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    Angela Wilson says

    Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Roberson “Uncle Nate” was a strong man of faith who exuded his love of the Lord Jesus. He always knew the right words to encourage, to uplift, and to help you view life’s challenges from the proper perspective of God’s Holy Word. He was such an inspiration to me and my family over the years. And oh how he could make you laugh with his clever wit. We were blessed to know him and he will be truly missed. Please know, Catherine, that you and the family are in our prayers.

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    Lyderia Pitt Barnes says

    To the Roberson Family:

    You are deeply in my thoughts & prayers. I truly remember Cousin Nate and all his charm(smile). He was a wonderful person & a praying man. We the Robinson/Roberson family will certainly miss him. May God give you strength in the days to come.

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    Don and Deborah Opie says

    Our prayers for peace and comfort go out to the Robinson family during your time of bereavement.

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    William Cherry says

    My condolence to the family. He will truly be miss. May God comfort you in your time of need.

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    Mabel Harris Latimer and Annie Harris Wilson says

    Deepest condolences. May God bless and comfort you during this time.
    Sincerely,

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      Cassandra Darden (Latham) says

      Pastor Cassandra Darden Latham and the Repha Church of God
      We extend our sympathy and prayers to cousin Catherine and children of Dr. Roberson . We have a great love and appreciation for Dr “Nate”. He had a genuine love for God, the body of Christ, the Word, his wife and family. We will miss him, his humor and theological discussions. We thank you Catherine and our beloved Dr. Roberson for being a great blessing & support to Repha of God since its’ genesis. We mourn his passing and will continue to pray for you. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ comfort, grant you peace and strength today and in the days to come.
      God bless you,

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    Maurice and Michelle Sanders says

    Aunt Catherine,

    We are so sorry that we could not be there with you. We pray that:
    ‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
    the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace..”
    God bless,
    Maurice and Michelle Sanders

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    Julia Barnes says

    My condolences goes to The Robinson Family,
    I was sadden to hear about the passing of Mr Robinson.
    A co- worker Julia Barnes, Wilson,NC

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    Rev. Dr. D.G. Nottingham Cheryl and Caleia Mosley says

    Dr. Roberson, the world was a better place with you here. Heaven is even better. Mrs. Roberson and family our prayers are with you at this time. We love you.

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