Lonnie E. Roberts

December 17, 1949 - August 15, 2023

Lonnie E. Roberts, 73, of Sour Lake, peacefully slipped into the arms of Jesus on August 15, 2023 surrounded by his family.

He was born December 17, 1949, in El Campo, Texas to Polly Roberts and Lonnie Lee Roberts. His family relocated to Sour Lake in his formative years where he and his three brothers began and completed their education in the Hardin Jefferson school district. Lonnie pursued his love of baseball on the High School baseball team and went on to play for Wharton Junior College from 1968-1969.

Lonnie then made his way to Beaumont where he worked as an orderly at Baptist Hospital while attending Lamar University pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. It was during his time at the hospital that he met Kathy, a young nursing student who would become his future wife. Their romance blossomed and they were married on June 19, 1971. Shortly after, they welcomed Amy and Jill into their lives.

Lonnie began his career as an educator and coach in the Beaumont and Hardin Jefferson Independent school districts.  After completing his Master of Education, he rounded out his career in administration with Lumberton and Katy Independent School Districts. Lonnie found joy throughout his life connecting with others. His relationships with students extended beyond the classroom and the sports field. His professional colleagues quickly turned into life-long friendships.  Everyone he met and served alongside at church was truly a brother and sister in Christ. While all of these were important to Lonnie, nothing was more important than a family gathering. Whether it was two or twenty gathered, he would not miss an opportunity to connect with family.  Anyone who knew him can attest to his kind, generous, and loving nature. He always saw the good in people and went out of his way to encourage others.

Lonnie’s grandchildren held a very special place in his heart. He made time for them no matter how busy life got. Lonnie also insisted on his grandchildren calling him “Coach.” When Griffin was in 2nd grade he and Coach commenced the first ever “Cowboy Club.”  Club activities included such events ranging from an after-school trip to Cici’s pizza, a fistful of quarters for video games and endless soda refills to high school football games around the state and everything in between. When Polly was born, he bonded immediately to his Lil’ Darlin. Polly Belle brought with her all-things girly which in turn had Coach attending tea parties and taking her shopping whenever she could convince him. Trips to Wal-Mart turned into full blown shopping sprees. The last-born grandson, Fletcher Cole, the most active and outspoken of the 3 gave him a run for his money. Coach would rein him in with trips to DQ in his Tahoe as often as he could. As Fletcher told us after he passed, Coach was driving his white Tahoe through the streets of Heaven and that is how he will remember him.

Lonnie began experiencing problems with memory loss as early as 2015 and after several doctors and many tests, he was officially diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in July 2020. Lewy Body Dementia is not rare and is often confused with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease due to limited research. Characteristics of the disease include memory loss, sleep disorders, hallucinations and physical symptoms that limit mobility and range of motion. All these symptoms interrupted his daily life and progressively impaired his ability to communicate and connect with others.  However, Lonnie did not let this disease impact his heart. He remained cheerful and optimistic throughout the last three years of decline despite the pain and frustrations he was experiencing. There is still much research to be done and much to learn about Lewy Body Dementia.

Lonnie was lovingly cared for by many during the last several years. The family is especially grateful for Shan McMahon of Sour Lake, Christi Wilson of Orange, and Professional Healthcare Hospice of Beaumont.

Lonnie had an unwavering faith and love for Christ as his Lord and Savior. He centered his life around this faith and lived it out in how he loved life and the people he met. He is resting in the strong and loving arms of Jesus.

Lonnie was privileged to be an active member of various churches throughout his life and most recently First Baptist Church Sour Lake.

Lonnie is survived by his daughters, Amy Roberts of San Antonio, and Jill Roberts of Sour Lake; grandchildren, Griffin Roberts of San Antonio, Polly Belle Roberts of Sour Lake, and Fletcher Roberts of Sour Lake; brothers, Dale Roberts of China, and Cliff Roberts of Onalaska; mother of his children, Kathy Roberts of The Woodlands; and stepdaughters, Heather Turner and Natalie Stevens of Katy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Earnest Michael Roberts.

A gathering of Mr. Roberts’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2023, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, Georgia 30047.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 17, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 18, 2023
  • 10:00 am


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (18)

    Delana Miller says:

    My deepest condolences to the Roberts family.
    My favorite coach! He was such an encouraging, caring, dedicated coach and teacher. I never forgot him and the impact he made on me. I was forever grateful for his kindness and patience with all of his students even when we could be a handful! I’m so sorry to hear about his passing but he completed his assignment and changed the lives and forever impacted hundreds of kids just like me. He was a good and faithful servant and lived his calling. I wished I could have thanked him. RIP coach ❤️

    Judi Benoit says:

    Rest In Peace Lonnie.
    My prayers and sympathy go out to family.

    Judi Johnston Benoit

    Lillian Kolander says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Roberts family.
    God Bless You All 🙏🏼

    Andy & Judy Bunn says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for y’all! God has all of you in His mighty hands.

    Wanda Kelley says:

    Prayers for the family. Lonnie was a great example to my two boys at Lumberton High School.

    Ann Carpenter says:

    Lonnie was such a soft spoken, loyal, kind man. I graduated in’67 and Lonnie graduated in ‘68. I’m not sure if our class adopted him or he adopted us. But, could always be sure, if our class had a gathering, Lonnie would be there. He truly loved us and the feeling was reciprocated. Rest in Peace, sweet Lonnie, you will be missed.

    Teresa Attaway Dumphy says:

    So many good and sweet memories of the Roberts boys back in the day in Sour Lake. We are so blessed to come from a small town where we knew everybody (and all of their shenanigans) Lonnie was such a good person of faith and spread that faith to all he met. For the past number of years I usually only saw Lonnie at funerals and now it’s time for his. Condolences to Speedy, Peanut and the rest of the family. You can be proud of your brother that he did his best in life to make it better for others.

    Ernest Brown says:

    Lonnie was a great Christian friend. His friendship and cordiality extended too anyone he knew casually or close relations. The world was a better place with him in it’ Prayers for his family.

    Jay Christopher says:

    Butch was a kind and gentle man, he will be missed by all that knew him.

    Kimberly Wade says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Robert’s passing. I really enjoyed visiting with him when he would come down to the office at Kingsgate. He was such a sweet soul. My thoughts are with your family.

    Jamie Budd Perkins says:

    May you all feel the peace and comfort from our prayers

    Steve & Mary Thrower says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences and prayers for the entire family.

    Evelyn Gerber says:

    My thoughts, many Prayers & concerns go out too ALL the family of Lonnie(Butch)Roberts. Especially too his Brother, Dale (Speedy) my dear Nephew-in- Law & my sweet Niece, Fern, wife of Speedy & extended family members.
    May you find Peace in knowing that Butch now rest in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ! His work here on earth is done ! God Bless You All!
    In Christian Love, Aunt Evelyn Gerber

    Gene & Kathy Isabell says:

    So very sorry to hear of Lonnie’s passing. He was a dedicated educator and coach. He will be truly missed.

    Rick Johnston says:

    Lonnie was a good friend and a kind person. He will be missed.

    Jimmy Harris says:

    Sorry to hear went to school with Lonnie. He was always nice and considerate. RIP

    Lisa Taylor says:

    Coach Roberts was my track coach, teacher, and he taught me how to drive. He had way more patience than I will ever have.

    I am sad to hear of his passing, but I am glad I knew him.

    Lisa Taylor H-J class of 1989

    Mike and Lana Bailey says:

    Dear Sweet Amy and Jill,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your dad. We will always remember his love of athletics and his dedication to many young people.
    It is our prayer that memories of your dad will sustain you and bring you peace.
    Feel God’s spirit as he walks with you. Go to him in prayer. He’s always there.

    With love,
    Mike and Lana Bailey

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