Ann Blair Roebuck was born in Alton, Illinois, on July 30, 1930, and two months later moved with her parents, Sam and Montie Blair and brother John, to Louisville, Kentucky, the place she always considered her hometown. After finishing Atherton Girl’s High, she graduated from Mars Hill College in North Carolina and Georgetown College in Kentucky, with an English degree.
Ann married Dr. Floyd Roebuck on July 17, 1953, at the Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville Kentucky, and became his partner in Christian ministry. She even served as his Administrative Assistant during the last seven years of his pastorate at First Baptist Church in Rome. They have two sons: Dan (Judy), of Rome, Jon (Linda) of Franklin, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Carol Ann Pundsack (Christian), of St. Petersburg, Florida, Adam (Haley), of Alabaster, Alabama, Andrew (Andrea), of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, Katie Grace Kissel (Jason) of Columbus, Ohio, Anna Rowland (Rob) of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee and eleven great grandchildren.
She also is survived by brother-in-law, Jim Roebuck (Jane) of Northport, Alabama, a sister-in-law, Mary Catherine Blair of Apopka, Florida, as well as a niece, and four nephews. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Montie Blair, her brother, John Blair, and sister-in-law Margaret Blair.
According to her admirers, Ann was a sweet, beautiful, sassy, brilliant, strong, funny woman. She was gifted with many talents, having interests in a wide variety of fields. For example, she was a faithful Bible teacher for over 40 years and sang in church choirs for more than half a century.
In organizations of which Ann was a part, she rose to leadership levels. She served on the board of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, made mission trips in this country and abroad, and was an officer in the National Baptist Ministers Wives. Ann was actively involved in the Women’s Missionary Union at local, state, and national levels. Closer to home, Ann was active in Mountain View Garden Club, the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, and PTAs of the schools her sons attended.
Some career highlights stand out. For ten years Ann was a Director of the Baptist Home Mission Board, serving on the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Missions Committee. She also served as a director, and Chairman of the Board, for Baptists Today (now Nurturing Faith), and was recently honored as one of the few Directors Emerita.
At the birth of The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Ann was the female representative for Georgia on the very first Nominating Committee for members of the Coordinating Council, where she would later serve as a member.
She was an artist with paint and words. Ann thoroughly enjoyed china painting and was a gifted writer who had articles published in papers and periodicals, and once even edited a cookbook. Ann loved to travel, having visited nearly 50 countries, (including a trip around the world in 38 days), and 47 of the United States.
However, Ann always said that her favorite job of all was being a preacher’s wife, a role she handled with exceptional grace and skill. She was the First Lady of First Baptist Church Rome for 35 years, and at Garden Lakes Baptist Church of Rome for an additional six years. Even her car tag read “ABR PW.” Ann Blair Roebuck – Preacher’s Wife.
A “Celebration of Life” service will take place this Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2022, at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Rome, with visitation beginning at 2:00 pm also in the sanctuary. The service will also be live streamed from the church’s web page (www.fbcrome.com/live-worship/).
Ann had requested that in lieu of flowers, any gifts be directed to The First Baptist Church of Rome Foundation, the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church of Rome, or to Nurturing Faith Journal, c/o Good Faith Media, P.O. Box 721972, Norman, Oklahoma 73070.
The family respectfully asks that masks be worn.
Daniel’s Funeral Home.