The Newnan Times-Herald


​ Donald Lester Roberts

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Nov. 06, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Donald Lester Roberts was born October 5, 1927 in Fairburn, Georgia, the only child of the late William Clarence and Mary Ruth Brinkley Roberts.

Thus, began the earthly journey for a man who would embrace a life of adventure, travel, amazing devotion to family and quiet, but staunch devotion to the God who made him.

Don graduated from Campbell High School in 1944. The United States Marine Corps was looking for a few good men. Don would answer that call and served in China from 1945-1949. He would serve in the reserves from 1950–1958.

Naturally gifted with a knack for details and math, he would attend North Georgia College and The University of Georgia Atlanta division and achieve a degree in accounting.

Along the way, he would fall under the charms of Jacqueline Couch, also known as Jackie. They were married December 22, 1950. Together they would establish a family that would carry them through their 66-year marriage.

During that time, they lived in Elberton and later moved to Marietta in 1966. At the time of his retirement, he was the controller for Home Transportation.

After moving to Coweta County in 1969, they would operate a KOA Campground until 1982. Don’s family was a boisterous mix of children, travel and camping, with a fascination for motorcycles thrown in for good measure. Jackie probably never envisioned herself as a biker babe, but, if it was good enough for Don, she was up to the challenge.

Don and Jackie grounded their lives in a bedrock of faith. They would be active members of First Baptist Church of Newnan and later, SonRise Baptist Church. 

Don is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years and 10 months, Jacqueline Couch Roberts. Their love would bring four children into their family, Zandra (and Richard) Thompson, Tony (and Becky) Roberts, Teri (and Rob) Himes, Bonita “Boo” (and Evans) Peake. Their family would expand to include 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandson.

Funeral arrangements are by McKoon Funeral Home where the family will receive friends on Wednesday evening, November 8, between 6-8 p.m.

Don’s long and wonderful life will be remembered in a service worship to be in the McKoon Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. and will be led by his friends and pastors, Dr. Tim Riordan and Reverend Skeeter Thompson. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with appropriate Marine military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his memory to The Wounded Warrior Project or SonRise Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mckoon.comMcKoon Funeral Home. 770-253-4580