Jackson Herald December 4, 1891
Mr. J. R. Roberts, one of the most respected citizens in this county as well as one of the best neighbors that ever lived, died at his home about 3 miles from Jefferson last Monday night. He was buried at the Academy burying ground. Appropriate services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Bridges at the Academy church and at the grave. A good citizen has passed away and one who will be missed very much.