Harlie Ray Roberts, Jr.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 2, 1950

Departed on August 26, 2015 and resided in Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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Harlie Ray Roberts, Jr. age 64 of Goodlettsville passed away on August 26, 2015.

Mr. Roberts was born on October 2, 1950 to the late Harlie Ray and Frances Roberts, Sr. in Nashville, Tennessee. He played football for East High during high school and would later become the Assistant to the East High Alumni.

Mr. Roberts had many passions in life; first and foremost he loved his family. He enjoyed photography, but if you needed to find him you would have to look on the back nine of the golf course, after retiring from NES you would find him on the basketball courts.

He found himself giving back to the younger generation; he would work with young basketball players and help them find Scholarships’ so they could play and go to college. He was known to some as the “Unpaid Scout.” To show his dedication to the players, he once traveled with a player and recruit to the University of Tennessee to meet with Pat Summitt for a schedule meeting.

Through the years Mr. Roberts had many friends but only a few that were so close they were more like family, Randy Miles, Phil Sweeney, Gary Sharp, Kellie & John Harper, Jerry Boyd, Donald Jackson, Ryan and Nicole Elder and Celeste & Michael Middleton.

Mr. Roberts will be forever known for his gracious giving of himself and his time to better the people around him. He will be missed by so many.

In addition to his parents Mr. Roberts is preceded in death by his children, Infant son Clint and daughter Allison Ray Roberts; and brother Hillard Day Roberts.

His is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Ellen Grubbs Roberts; brother, Will Roberts; niece, Renee Roberts Swallows; and nephews, Shane Roberts, Clay Roberts, and Cody Roberts; Uncle Jesse Roberts and numerous cousins.

A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 2pm in the Chapel of Cole and Garrett Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 28th from 4-8pm then again on Saturday from 11am until the time of service at 2pm.


15 Comments to Mr. Harlie Ray Roberts, Jr.

  1. Judy Sisco Cox
    August 27, 2015 5:44 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. ..May God Bless and comfort you

  2. Jerry Boyd
    August 27, 2015 5:52 pm

    I loved Harlie like a brother, he was one of a kind. He will forever be a wonderful memory and I will be in my thoughts whenever I pick up a basketball. Fire it up Harlie!!!!

  3. Rick Fussell (CUZ)
    August 27, 2015 5:57 pm

    Love you cuz. I will miss our talks each day. And the home grown bacon & tomatoe biscutts in the summertime on saturday mornings. RIP

  4. Kenny & Brenda Marvin
    August 28, 2015 6:19 am

    R I P Jr.

  5. Ronnie Allsbrooks
    August 28, 2015 9:34 am

    Condolences to the family. Harlie you will be missed my high school friend.

  6. Janice Tomlinson
    August 28, 2015 10:37 am

    Heartfelt condolences to all the family. Ellen, you are in my prayers.

  7. Melissa Knowles
    August 28, 2015 11:39 am

    You will be missed around the court… Thank you for always encouraging my daughter on and off the floor. RIP

  8. Rebecca Calvert
    August 28, 2015 12:12 pm

    Ellen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Rebecca Calvert

  9. David Sherman
    August 28, 2015 12:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Ellen.

  10. Tommy & Mary Hall
    August 28, 2015 2:19 pm

    We will miss our talks on the court sidelines. Thanks for always encouraging Addison to play hard and with heart. While we are going to miss you. I know your always be there with us on and off the court. # 3 will never forget you!

  11. Melvin Smith
    August 28, 2015 3:07 pm

    My thoughts and prayers goes out to Ellen and her family doing this time of her husbands home going celebration.

  12. Ken Horvath
    August 28, 2015 3:31 pm

    Ellen – Trust God and Trust the Process. You and your family are loved.

  13. Danny & Vonnie Yates
    August 28, 2015 5:17 pm

    Many pleasant memories of Harlie’s life-long friendship with Phil Sweeney…thoughts and prayers for Harlie’s family and close friends.

  14. Barb & Jeff Denton, Samm Mueller, Beth & Matthew
    August 29, 2015 9:45 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this trying time. We pray the Lord will give you strength and provide you comfort in knowing Harlie is now in heaven with your children.

  15. Jaki (Neubauer) Walters
    July 18, 2016 6:19 pm

    I was thinking of Allison today and wondering how Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were doing when I came across this site. Ellen, I am so sorry for your loss. If you ever want to talk and catch up, I would love to. You and your family have held a special place in my heart for a long time.

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