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Edith Putnam Roberts

Edith Putnam Roberts, 92, passed away January 7, 2012 at her home near Pikeville. Born April 9, 1919, the daughter of Winnie Samuel and Gertrude Patton Putnam, she was preceded by her parents, her husband of 32 years, Gordon Roberts; sister Edna; and brother Wilber Putnam.

She is survived by sister-in-law Edna Pearl Putnam; nephews Wilber Samuel (Sue) Putnam, Jr. and James Douglas Putnam; great-niece Leslie Haston; great-nephews Paul and John David (Israela) Putnam; several great-great-nieces and nephews all of Pikeville. Others close to Edith are first cousins Roy and Joan Patton and her caregivers of seven years, Senia Anderson and family.

Valedictorian of Bledsoe County High School Class of 1939, she received a B. A. degree from Bob Jones College, and an M. A. from The University of Tennessee. After teaching English for four years at Bob Jones College, she returned to Bledsoe County to marry and taught English and Bible at Bledsoe County High for 19 years.    

She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Pikeville for over 66 years, having committed her life to Jesus Christ there at age 16. Edith enjoyed reading, preparing wonderful food for family and friends, teaching Sunday School for many years and was known for the beautiful gardens she and Gordon created together.

The service was held at First Baptist Church in Pikeville January 11 with burial in Pikeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Mrs. Roberts requested memorials to the Mission Fund of the church be made.

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Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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