Anne Byrn Roberts

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on March 26, 1927

Departed on January 7, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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91, passed away on January 7, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.
An extraordinary woman, she was anything but conventional. The oldest child of Annie Byrn and Bradford Earl Roberts, Anne Byrn was born in Nashville, TN because the “new” hospital in Murfreesboro would not open for another week. Attending Vanderbilt University she was a member and officer of Delta Delta Delta sorority and editor of The Hustler. Elected Homecoming Queen in 1947, she graduated in 1948 and in the fall, earned her teaching certificate from Peabody. While at Vanderbilt, she met Joseph (Jack) Houston Roberts, a Marine and veteran of World War II who fought in the Pacific at Peleliu. They married in 1949, moving to Lebanon, TN, where they owned and operated Roberts Coal Co and Roberts Builders Supply and raised their family.

Anne Byrn was as comfortable serving as homeroom mother in the classrooms of her five children as she was serving for over 20-years as the Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Lebanon and the Board of Trustees of Cumberland University. She served as a Girl Scout leader and Chairman of the Girl Scouts of Wilson County. She volunteered with underprivileged children’s groups in Lebanon and helped found the YMCA, ultimately serving as its board President. Named Lebanon’s Woman of the Year in 1987, she was President of the Year Round Garden Club, member of the DAR, and President of the Junior Women’s Club. Anne Byrn served as Chairman of the board of University Medical Center and McFarland Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lebanon where she taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and served on various committees.

In 2006, Anne Byrn moved to Nashville where she enjoyed membership in the Belle Meade Country Club, the Centennial Club, the Lynbrook Garden Club, and Cheekwood. Anne Byrn was passionate about service, yet her joy came from spending summers at Monteagle Sunday School Assembly with her family and lifelong friends. Seven generations of her family have spent summers at MSSA, where Anne Byrn was a long term member of the Board of Trustees, past Vice-President of the Board, and was President of the Womans Club. Her porch was always open for rousing conversation and she was perpetually prepared for an impromptu cocktail party.

Her laugh was contagious, an important trait in a family full of legendary senses of humor. She was a brilliant player of bridge, a game which best showcased her competitive spirit. Anne Byrn loved to travel the world, whether solo or with friends or family. She was fiercely independent, yet was most content surrounded by the ones she loved.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Houston Roberts, her parents, Annie and Earl Roberts, and her brother, Bradford Earl Roberts, Jr. She is survived by her children, Lucy Roberts, Anne Worthen (George), Jack Roberts (Tami), Rich Roberts (Memree) and Mary Carolyn Roberts (Matt Davis), her grandchildren, Anne Byrn Floyd (Mark), Jennie Bradford Curlee (John), Katherine Torkelsen (Leif), Jack Worthen, Mary Augusta Roberts, Margaret Roberts, Marshall Roberts (Katie), Jackson Roberts; her great-grandchildren, Mavis Blue Sartin, Carter Floyd, Miles Curlee, Annie Torkelsen, Finn Torkelsen, Jackson Floyd (Meg),Elizabeth Floyd and Alex Floyd; her brother, Jim Rich Roberts (Carty); and her sister-in-law, Linda Roberts.

A celebration of Anne Byrn’s life will take place at the Wightman Chapel on the Scarritt Bennett campus,1027 18th Ave S, on Tuesday, January 15th at 2:30. Visitation will be at Bennett Hall from 1:00 until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Roberts Family Fund at P.O. Box 307 Monteagle, TN, 37356, the Anne Byrn Roberts Endowed Building & Grounds Fund at Cumberland University 1 Cumberland Square Lebanon, TN 37087, Oaklands Mansion 900 N Maney Ave. Murfreesboro, TN 37130 or Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203.

39 Comments to Anne Byrn Roberts

  1. Catherine Stuart Vrettos
    January 10, 2019 3:48 pm

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Wayne and Dora Ferrell
    January 10, 2019 4:28 pm

    Mary Carolyn Roberts you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. May God Bless and comfort you on the loss of your mother.

    • Mary Carolyn Roberts
      January 11, 2019 1:50 pm

      Thank you both so much!

      • Robert Cannon
        January 11, 2019 5:42 pm

        Mary Carolyn, your mother was a wonderful Lady.. What success I had in selling paint I owe to your Mom & Dad.
        I spent most Fridays in the back office with them listening to them discuss business in general. They taught me how to sell. Because of them I spent 50 years with Glidden. May the LORD send down a extra measure of strength Lucy, Ann, Jack, Rich and you.

  3. Alan Oakley
    January 10, 2019 4:41 pm

    What a Beautiful Lady!
    Now God will take care of her.
    My heart is with ya’ll forever.
    AO

  4. Lele Thomas Mccollum
    January 10, 2019 5:36 pm

    A very special southern lady. She always wore a smile and was a gracious hostess! I have many fond memories of her from our Assembly days as neighbors . Sending love and hugs to all of the children.

  5. Kirk Todd
    January 10, 2019 6:16 pm

    All love for all time for the wonderful gift of your being part of our family for a few grand years.

  6. Charnell Stephens Johnson
    January 10, 2019 6:35 pm

    Your mom was a feisty woman and modeled a can do attitude. She served her communities wherever she lived. She blazed trails for women wanting to serve and showed that women have a voice. Love to all the family,

  7. Katherine STIEGMAN
    January 10, 2019 6:38 pm

    What a wonderful lady from an equally wonderful family. Her absence will be felt by many.
    I knew the Robert’s family when they lived in Lebanon and loved them dearly.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of grieving.

    Katherine Perkins Stiegman

  8. Shealia Hearn
    January 10, 2019 7:33 pm

    Mary Carolyn Roberts, so sorry for your loss. You will miss this wonderful woman who obviously was a big influence in your life. After reading this I can see where your wonderful competitive spirit comes from. What a gift to have her for so many years.

  9. Beverly Hurd Gibbs
    January 10, 2019 8:02 pm

    You are in the Hurd family’s thoughts and prayers. She lead a great long life.

  10. Jean Rayhle
    January 10, 2019 10:27 pm

    Sending all my love and prayers to all my Roberts’ families.

  11. Mac Hardcastle
    January 10, 2019 11:03 pm

    She had a combination of wit and grace that will be missed by so many!

  12. Judy Brodhead
    January 10, 2019 11:27 pm

    Loved both Anne and Jack! Great employers and kind people.

  13. Steve Buckingham
    January 11, 2019 7:17 am

    One of the last true Steel Magnolias.

  14. Betty Wentworth
    January 11, 2019 8:56 am

    Your mother was special in many ways. Our paths crossed multiple times over the last 40 decades! I will remember her fondly.

  15. Liza Todd Edgerton
    January 11, 2019 8:59 am

    Mary Carolyn, your mother has a special place in every Todd heart. We all loved her so much.

  16. Susan Tuke
    January 11, 2019 9:26 am

    I liked her from the very first minute I met her! Such a warm & engaging lady & an interesting conversationalist. I was not surprised in the least that she had led a very distinguished life of giving back to her community in so many different ways over her lifetime.

  17. Pam Jones Thorne
    January 11, 2019 9:38 am

    Ann, as well as the entire Roberts family, holds a special place in the hearts of the Jones family. With great memories back to being neighbors on Martin Avenue, spanning to Ann being such an inspirational, strong, true lady in my adulthood, she etched a great legacy into me and this community. My heartfelt sympathy to you all as you miss her so.

  18. Beth Stuckey
    January 11, 2019 9:40 am

    Sending love and prayers for you and all your family. ❤️🙏

  19. Laura Garner
    January 11, 2019 10:11 am

    Such an amazing woman. Mary Carolyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I’m so glad I met your mother. She sure elevated the spirit and humor in every room she entered.

  20. Jamie Tilley
    January 11, 2019 10:50 am

    May God Bless Your family at this time of loss. I enjoyed seeing your Mother at your campaign events and I saw her independence from the first moment I met her. Find comfort in all your precious memories of her and she lives in each of you.

  21. Mary Henson
    January 11, 2019 11:15 am

    Mary Caroly my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Sounds like your mom was always engaged in community activities- the apple does fall far from the tree. So sorry for your loss.

  22. Martha Maggart Funke
    January 11, 2019 12:51 pm

    You were the best neighbors and friends we could have ever had. I loved your Mama too. She and your family made my years on Gordon Drive especially wonderful. Blessings of peace to you all. There just is no way to describe the sorrow I feel.

  23. Martha Maggart Funke
    January 11, 2019 12:54 pm

    You were the best neighbors and friends we could have ever had. I loved your Mama too. She and your family made my years on Gordon Drive especially wonderful. Blessings of peace to you all. There just is no way to describe the sorrow I feel. Love to you all.

  24. Walter & Ed Baird
    January 11, 2019 2:27 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Ann’s passing. She was a wonderful person and both she and your Dad were such good friends of our parents. She will be missed but well remembered. Such a fine lady!

  25. Betty Person
    January 11, 2019 9:11 pm

    Prayers and God’s Grace for you and yours.

  26. Diana Rotenberry
    January 12, 2019 5:47 pm

    Lucy, from reading the many accomplishments of your remarkable mother, I can certainly see what a wonderful role model you had in becoming an outstanding mother and teacher yourself. Please express my condolences to your girls as well.

  27. Greg Butler
    January 13, 2019 12:24 pm

    Anne and Jack were great friends of my parents, Carter and Gale Butler. Jack and and Dad served in WWII on Peleliu, so I know that that was the first bond between them. So many memories of these two fine and gracious friends who gave abundantly of themselves to others in every way.

  28. Spencer Burchfield
    January 14, 2019 10:46 am

    So sorry to hear the news, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Laura Q McMinn
    January 14, 2019 12:01 pm

    To the family of Ann, my prayers are with all of you. Ann was a great lady. Louis and I loved her and Jack.I have many good memories of them. May God bless you in the days to come.

  30. Candy Burger
    January 14, 2019 5:52 pm

    Mary Carolyn and family, my thoughts are with you during this time of transition. Blessings to all of you.

  31. Carter Butler
    January 15, 2019 12:32 pm

    Jack and Rich, I will always remember your mom as a gracious southern belle who welcomed everyone in to her house. And she had the patience to put up with the Oak Hill gang.
    That was a lot of patience. Great lady.

  32. Scott Williams
    January 15, 2019 12:49 pm

    Heartfelt Condolences ! Your Mom and Dad were special to me. Growing up around them shaped my personality for the good. Quick witted personalities and warm hospitality, such fond memories. Special people indeed ❤️

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