Calling hours (come in one door, exit outside door), Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, 1200 Brentnell Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219. Celebration of Life at 12:30 p.m. Interment Union Cemetery.
Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. - Ps 116:15
Alfred David Roberts Jr. was a loving and supportive son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He transitioned this life after a courageous battle, on April 30, 2021 at the age of 63. He was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy, memory, and spirit, by living their lives to the fullest.
Alfred, affectionately known as June, was born on May 19, 1957, in Columbus Ohio. He was the son of Evangelist Shirley Shipp and the late Vernon J. Jones and was preceded in death by his biological father Alfred D. Roberts Sr. He was the oldest of five children, and often referred to as “Big Al”.
June graduated from Central High School in 1975. He was multi-talented, and a well-rounded athlete who was presented with opportunities to play baseball at the collegiate level. He attended culinary school, continued his love for sports throughout his life and was an avid fan of The Ohio State University Football. Before retiring, he was a respected employee of the Columbus Urban League. Post retirement, he spent many years as the official photographer for the African American Male Wellness Agency and went on to become the recipient of the African American Male Wellness Health Hero Award. He demonstrated financial acumen by founding a successful finance business. He possessed a heart for people by providing acts of service and financial resources to others.
Big Al had an infectious personality which could light up any room. He had a contagious laugh and smile that could attract anyone. His zest for life was extended to others by the way he showed up! Even during his illness and constant pain, he was sure to attend every birthday party, holiday, and celebration with a thoughtful gift and a smile. Speaking of celebrations, he could always be counted on to water mouths with his tasty ribs, and to capture moments through his photography. Many often choose between lover and fighter, but he was both, and this was evident in the way he lived and died.
As a young man, Big Al accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior. As his pain grew, he graciously grew in the knowledge and power of the Lord. He often quoted scriptures to encourage himself and others. One of his favorite scriptures was 2 Co. 4:16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal.” Even in leaving his earthly body, some of his final words were: “I trust God 100%”, “I’ve seen the other side, and it is glorious” and “I’m at peace and ready”. His life was truly a demonstration of what it means to fight the “good fight of faith.” He is an example to us all.
Alfred leaves to cherish his memory his loving mother, Shirley Ship; Brothers: Daryl Jones, Juan (Robin) Jones, Vernon Jones; Sister, Pamela (John) Gregory; Daughters: Alisa Dillard, Nicole Dillard; Sons: Alfred Roberts III, Maurice Johnson, Bryan Johnson; Grandchildren: Jalen Davis, Clarence (CJ) Dade, Jasiah Dunn, Skye Johnson; Two Special Cousins: Greg (Beverly) Couch and Sharyn Goolsby; Special and long-time friend, La Tonya Brown; Goddaughters: Ralonda Brown-Hampton and Roxy Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, close family and friends.
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