EDMOND, Okla. -- Mark David Roberts, 42, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., died July 28, 2008, at his home.
He was born on May 16, 1966, in Rockford, Ill., to Thelma Williams Roberts Brannum of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and the late Jerrell David Roberts, he was a 1984 graduate of Sikeston High School and served for four years in the the U.S. Navy, becoming a certified welder. He later graduated in 2000 from Vatterott College in Oklahoma City and loved working in computer programming until his health forced him to retire. He had been employed as a computer software programmer for Northrop-Grumman Aircraft Manufacturing. Mark had a thirst for knowledge and enjoyed learning, spending time with family and friends, making wine and gardening.
In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his stepfather, Gene Brannum of Poplar Bluff; one son, Michael David Roberts (Candy) of Morehouse; two sisters, Karla (Mark) Householder of Blodgett, Mo. and Cheri Roberts (and special friend Jason Turner) of Paducah, Ky.; two stepbrothers, Johnny (Lee Ann) Brannum and Jimmy (Lorna) Brannum of Poplar Bluff; two grandchildren, Jerrell David Roberts II and Saphire Lee Ann Roberts of Morehouse; four nephews, Ian and Ty Householder of Blodgett and Billy and Ryan Brannum of Poplar Bluff; and three special cousins, Clayton Amerson, Carl Amerson and Alice Nix, all of Corinth, Miss.
Mark will be missed by many relatives and friends. His favorite quote was, "The silence of remembering what you have had and what you have lost can be the the loudest sound you hear."
Visitation for family and friends will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. A memorial service will follow in the Nunnelee Chapel at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Buck of the First United Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff officiating.
A private burial will follow in Blodgett Cemetery.