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Dalton Roberts 1933-2015

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Dalton Roberts, Hamilton County’s first county executive, moved to heaven, Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

After decades of singing and pickin' his guitar for hundreds of churches and organizations, he is able to sing them to his Lord, face to face.

Dalton loved Chattanooga with a passion. As a young boy he would pack a peanut butter sandwich and ride his bicycle to a spot on a hill above Chickamauga Lake and spend the day adoring the beauty of his surroundings.

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In recent years, he and his wife Glenda frequently took their lunch or a Sonic milkshake to the exact same spot to continue soaking in this part of the beauty of his town, and to rejoice over the families picnicking and children playing.

The Lights of Chattanooga is one of hundreds of songs written by Dalton and it has a very personal and powerful meaning. Chattanooga began to “light up” when Dalton Roberts took office. The riverwalk, the aquarium, the life and the lights of Chattanooga, grow brighter day by day because of Dalton’s visionary perseverance begun thirty-five years ago.

Thousands of jobs were brought to Chattanooga due to the groundwork Dalton laid way back then for the Volkswagen plant.

The giving of himself continued even at his dying breath as he donated to the Tennessee Donors Association, believing in giving a better life to strangers in his town.

Dalton’s last words spoken were to his wife, Glenda, whom he called, the love of my life. The words to her are for all of you, “I’ll see you in the morning”.

Dalton  is survived by his wife, Glenda Sholl Roberts of Chattanooga; son, Jeffrey Blaine (Cathy) Roberts; daughter, Norma Gaye Roberts, both of Dallas, Texas; brother, Blaine (Jackie) Roberts; sister, June Painter; step children, Kevin Sholl, Gina (Jeff) Osterbur, Shaun (Lesley) Sholl and Lance (Stacey) Sholl; step grandchildren, Michael, Joshua, Kaitlyn and Brandon Osterbur and Alexis, Ben and Chase Sholl; and the joy of his life, step grandson, Israel “the little fella” Sholl; nephews, Michael, Greg and Darrin Roberts and Mickey Matthews; niece, Faye Painter; three great nephews.

Dalton leaves behind not only here in Chattanooga, but nationwide, hundreds of friends from all walks of life and dozens of “best friends”, and a very special buddy, Mickey Maxewell.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Mr. Kevin Spiegel, CEO of Erlanger, for his honorable compassion and to Jan Cheeks, senior vice president. Thank you Renae Thompson, chief nursing assistant and thank you Pam, nurse manager on the eighth floor. To all the precious nurses, too many to name, thank you. To Tanner, our care giver, what a blessing you are.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made if desired to the Salvation Army, the Gideon’s, Little Miss Mag Day Nursery, the Shriners or the Audobon Society. 

Family members say there will be no funeral or memorial service.

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