Lexie Juanita Dowdy Roberts, better known as “Ma,” gained her angel wings on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the age of 89.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel, with the Rev. Victor Church, Pastor Steve Shumate and Brother Brandon Dillard officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in North Wilkesboro. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Ma was born March 30, 1930, in Guilford County to John Arland Dowdy and Lexie Viola Blackburn Dowdy Honeycutt. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leroy Roberts; and her daughter, Renea Taylor.  

She is survived by her sons, John Roberts of Butner,  Don Roberts of Checotah, Okla., and  Paul Roberts of Millington, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Tay Taylor, Adrian Taylor and Candy Caldwell, all of Winston-Salem, Carmy Taylor of North Wilkesboro, Fletcher Roberts of Alma, Mich., and Kristi Roberts of Union, S.C., as well as several distant grandchildren; her great-grandchildren, Zane Caldwell and Kala Douglas of Winston-Salem, Max Taylor of North Wilkesboro, Devin Heinz of Union, S.C., and Destiny and Kara Church of Wilkesboro, and several distant great-grandchildren.

Ma worked for many years at Gardner Mirror, as well as being a certified nursing assistant at Home Care of Wilkes and Avante.

She was known for her kind, mischievous, loving nature, and was a hard-working simple woman who loved everyone. She didn’t care about worldly riches because she always said she had a mansion waiting. Ma loved to garden, grow flowers, do sequin embroidery, dip snuff, eat chocolate, go to the beach and read her Bible, but, most of all, spread the word of God.

She was a faithful member of Bethany Baptist Church. Ma always sat in the second pew on the right side of the church. She attended until her health declined. When not able to attend, Ma still praised the Lord daily.

Even as the Alzheimer’s progressed, her love for Jesus remained. This terrible disease took so much from her, but never her faith. Her favorite quote was, “God loves you and so do I.”

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, who helped take care and love Ma for the last five years. A very special thanks to the staff on the Spark Unit and Orange Hall, where Ma resided. The family also wishes to thank Mountain Valley Hospice for their loving support the last few months.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Attn: Molly Goote, 31 College Place, Ste. D 103, Asheville, N.C. 28801, c/o Walk for Ma.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

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